Your Next October Read

I love the smell of new books (is that weird) but there's honestly nothing better than curling up with an amazing page-turner on a chilly night. For those of us addicted to our phones - it's also a great way to give yourself a digital detox. I reached out to Diana C. of @bookoffee (a true bibliophile in every way) to give us her top 3 reads for the month. Here's what she recommended:

What to read when it’s cold and you need:

….an inspiring love story:

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Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

The books starts off with Matt, a bored with life photographer at National Geographic. He feels uninspired and hates people at work. Which immediately makes him relatable to almost all readers 😊. Then one day he sees someone he recognizes on the train platform in Manhattan. Grace, his ex-girlfriend he never got over. Everything they lived together comes rushing back and you get to read their love story from both Grace and Matt’s POV in both present and past. .

The blurb on the back of the book is the ad Matt posts on Craigslist’s Missed Connections sections and how he and Grace meet again.

For beautiful writing and believing in love again pick this one up.

….a good cry:

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Lou and Will have nothing in common. And yet they find themselves together in a challenging relationship. Lou is Will’s caretaker and Will is so angry with the state in which a motorcycle accident left him in that in the beginning you think they will never be able to have a proper conversation. But when they do it’s beautiful. This is definitely an inspiring book and a story that begs the question what do you do when the one thing that makes your loved one happy makes you incredibly sad?

…to feel empowered:

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The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundarasen

This book tells the story of Mehrunnisa, also known as Nur Jahan, the most controversial queen of India. Her determination and brilliance will make you fall in love with her, as much, if not more than Prince Salim. Despite all the hardships, Nur Jahan manages to prevail and outsmart enemies in a way that will inspire you to be stronger in real life. For history, love, and power plays read this amazing story about one of the first women in the world to have her image printed on coins.

Before you read any of these, open any of these links to make the experience extra special: experience 1, experience 2, or both at the same if you are a badass. Then make a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy reading the right way.

Let us know what you end up reading or any great books you read recently by leaving us a comment πŸ“–.