Oct 14

Creepy book recommendations for October. Hardcovers and paperbacks. And we love Some Luck by Jane Smiley and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.

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Creepy Reads for October

Emily from Los Angeles, asked, back in September (sorry for the delayed response!), for a creepy read for her book club to read in October. Here are some suggestions for books we loved and a book I’m planning to read in October:The Haunting of Hill House



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Hardcover, Paperback, When Does It Matter? (15:14)

This week, we have a discussion about the differences in hardcovers and paperbacks. Last week I referred to a book as a “trade paperback original.” That means a book that was published first as a paperback; something that didn’t have a hardcover release. Trade paperbacks are the larger size of paperbacks, and tend to be of a higher physical quality than mass market paperbacks which are the smaller paperbacks you’re likely to find at a supermarket or newsstand.

There are many promotional reasons for publishers to choose to do a book as a paperback original, and recent statistics from the Nielsen company show that paperbacks still outsell hardcovers, and we can point to several book success stories that can possibly be attributed to the fact that they were released as paper originals.


Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (30:14)

Some Luck     Leaving Time

Ann recommends Jane Smiley’s Some Luck, the first in a trilogy that will cover 100 years in the Langdon family of Denby, Iowa. This book spans 1920-1953 (each chapter covers one year) and features the voices of several of the family members.

Jodi Picoult’s new book Leaving Time was the first of hers that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. The story of thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf and her search for her missing mother is wonderful on its own, but is enhanced even more by all of the incredible background on elephant emotions, specifically grief.
For further non-fiction reading on elephant emotions, check out When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, and Elephant Memories by Cynthia Moss.

  • I’m a fan of horror, because of all the high emotion and necessary toilet breaks. World War Z by Brooks is actually great. I love the detailed examination of how society breaks down and the evident research in the whole narrative that makes it seem like a global catastrophe. It had a refreshingly different structure through the diary entries too, I would recommend it.

  • Maureen

    William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist. Read it in October or November with the leaves blowing outside.

  • kategreen

    Michael, you are currently my reading guru. Last October, I had bought The Haunting of Hill House as well as W Have Always Lived in the Castle. I read the latter and just unearthed The Haunting of Hill House for my Halloween read. As soon as I finish this comment, I am going to start The Life We Bury which you have totally sold me on reading. Thanks!

  • BookNymphoBlog

    Jodi Picoult’s new book sounds amazing! I love it when fiction inspires an interest in another subject and you go off hunting for more information. I’ve never read anything by her but I really want to read this one. Also, an aside, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her name pronounced aloud, just always read it in my head as Jodi Pee-cult. Weird, huh? 🙂

  • Melissa

    I really prefer hardcover books, but paperbacks are a bit more practical for travel and stuffing in one’s pocketbook! I’ve broken the same very expensive leather Coach pocketbook three times and I truly believe the culprit at least two of the three times was my stuffing a hardcover library book into said pocketbook! Ooops! Good thing they are a good company and they replaced it free the first time and then fixed it the second two times.

  • Joy H

    If I am reading at night I prefer books on kindle so I don’t disturb the hubby. I am at the point where I don’t want to read paperbacks because the print is so small. I have a contest going on at my site if you want to take a look.

    Books and Life

  • Just caught this episode and had to comment. I love it that you devoted part of your episode to book formats…mostly because I am a trade paperback snob. It’s the only format I will buy my books in, the one exception being William Gibson, whose books I will buy in hardcover because I cannot wait until they are released in trade paperback format.

  • Oh and I almost forgot: The House of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski. Definitely NOT for everyone but you’ll know if it’s for you…and it’s best to read on long winter evenings.

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