Coming-of-age novels for adults; October is National Reading Group Month, a new mystery, and a new Lee Child novel!
Coming of Age Books, when you’ve already come of age
Anne Valente wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled 10 Essential Coming-of-Age Novels for Adults. Michael was struck by the fact that they were all contemporary novels. We have a discussion about what makes a novel a “coming-of-age” novel, and why they might appeal to adult readers.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, narrated by Sheetal Sheth and Heather Lind is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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October is National Reading Group Month (13:48)
The Women’s National Book Associate has dubbed October “National Reading Group Month,” to honor, thank, and draw attention to reading groups around the US. Many local chapters of the WNBA program special events around National Reading Group month, and they publish a list of “Great Group Reads.” At Books on the Nightstand, we are big fans of “shared reading,’ and we explore some other forms beyond reading groups in this discussion.
Two books we can’t wait for you to read (25:38)
Michael talks about The Life We Bury by Alan Eskens, a mystery that goes on sale October 14th. The main character is assigned to interview someone for an English class, and ends up talking to a dying man who has been released from prison on compassionate leave.
My pick this week is Lee Child’s Personal, which is the 19th book in Child’s Jack Reacher series. Despite the long-running success of this series, Lee Child is still innovating — this book is a bit of a departure from other Reacher novels, including its London setting.