On My Bookshelf, Edition 3 | Anticipating October 2017

October 2, 2017

Happy October, everyone. I hope this new month has started well for you all. How was September’s month for you – reading, life or blogging? Did you discover any nostalgic reads? Any cozy reads? Are you anticipating any of October’s reads?

Though the start of a new month can be many things (in this case, it’s all about the shifting weather and a beautiful canvas of nature), one of the positive things a new month brings with it is the release of new books.

Since these past couple of months have ushered in some amazing books, I thought I’d talk about a few of these books today. Below, I’ve collected a list of a few books that are on my read shelf and were amazing, as well as a few of the books coming out this month that have piqued my interest (SO. MANY. BOOKS.).

First up, books I’ve recently read (and think you should too) plus one I plan to read this month.

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins | Read the Review 

Lola and the Boy Next Door is still an easy, breezy and cute read. I enjoyed Cricket’s pursuit of Lola (the way he expresses his interest only to withdraw to be the “better man”) and Lola’s creative soul is so darn fun. Reading about a character like this (who’s so boldly “out there” in her style and personality) makes the experience all the brighter. – ★★★★

ALL THIS TIME by Melissa Tagg | Read the Review

With its signature “cozy” vibe and feels, the breath-catching moments are amped up in All This Time. Whether it’s because of the underlying sense of “mystery” that surrounds Bear’s family or the achingly tender moments between Bear and Raegan, there is plenty to swoon and sigh over.   – ★★★★

WRITTEN IN THE DUST by Christina Coryell | There are two basic types of people you’ll come across in small towns. Planters have the land in their blood and want to stay forever. Dreamers long for the day they will finally escape. Holly Christian? Definitely a planter. She’s never considered leaving for greener pastures, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to move forward when people finally stop telling her that will never happen. Thank goodness she has an ally in Hunter Pearce. He has no desire to leave now that he has what he’s always wanted. Well…almost. The words he can’t take back are still clinging closer than a humid summer afternoon. 

Then there’s Gatlin Moore, who leans more in the dreamer direction. He used to imagine a future away from his hometown, but circumstances changed his plans long ago. Now he can’t stop thinking about bringing some of his dreams back to life, namely the ones that involve Brooke Langdon. Breaking up in their small town was hard, but getting back together might prove impossible. She may not be around long, unless she rediscovers what she used to love about the place. Putting her future in order by piecing together the past could mend her heart…or break it for keeps.




elcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story. – Goodreads, October 3 | Add on Goodreads



Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way? – Goodreads, releases October 17 Add on Goodreads



TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green | Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. – Goodreads, releases October 10 | Add on Goodreads

THE AFTERLIFE of HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand | On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . – Goodreads, releases October 24 Add on Goodreads


DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS by Irene Hannon | Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed! – Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads

BLIND SPOT by Dani Pettrey | FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life–but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming,” Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell–and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives. – Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads

LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS by Joanna Davidson Politano | When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance. – Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK by Bethany Turner | Steamy romance writer Sarah Hollenbeck’s career is at its peak, but reconciling her writing with her newfound faith proves more difficult than she imagined–and falling for her pastor doesn’t make things any easier. – Goodreads, October 3 | Add on Goodreads

That’s a wrap for a look at a few of the books coming to store shelves this month. Tell me, will you be reading any of these? Do you plan to read any other books this month? How’s your TBR shaping up? Let’s chat all the bookish and bookworm talk! Comments are yours.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland 


  • Anonymous

    October 2, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Great list Rissi. I'm looking forward to reading Lady Jane Disappears and Dangerous Illusions. Have a great October!!! :)

    1. Rissi

      October 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Same! So many amazing books coming to our reading shelves this month. Gotta' love the new releases every month brings. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy – and enjoy 'Jayne' and 'Illusions.'

  • Michele Mattos

    October 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    So many wonderful books! Your blog is really bad for my bank account! Now I want all the books hahahaha


    1. Rissi

      October 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Uh-oh!! Sorry about this, Michelle. :D (If it helps, I know this feeling. I suffer this particular ailment too.)

      Glad you stopped in!

  • Lauren Stoolfire

    October 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I definitely want to see how that Christmas Carol story works! :)

    1. Rissi

      October 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Me too. Especially since re-tellings always intrigue me. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Lauren.

  • Irene Hannon

    October 5, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Thanks for including Dangerous Illusions, Rissi! I'm really excited about this one!

    1. Rissi

      October 5, 2017 at 4:06 am

      My pleasure, Irene. I'm super excited to read this one, and appreciate you stopping by. Congrats on its release. :)

  • Amanda T.

    October 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I hadn't heard of most of these. I am currently waiting impatiently for Blind Spot to arrive, I love Dani Pettrey's books.

    1. Rissi

      October 5, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      I have Blind Spot on my must-read-asap list, Amanda and am very much looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy it too – and best of luck! :)

  • Bekah M.

    October 9, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Woah. A Pride & Prejudice story with gender reversal?!?!?! I *need* to see what that's all about. Thanks for sharing! I'm getting my copy of Turtles All the Way Down in the mail this week…I can't wait. Never heard of The Afterlife of Holly Chase book either, but that sounds super interesting. I'm presuming it's A Christmas Carol retelling? Love retold classics.

    1. Rissi

      October 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Right!! I'm really excited about this 'Mistletoe.' Looking forward to reading more about it; plus it's Jane Austen…!

      Let me know what you think of 'Turtles.' I've only read The Fault in our Stars by Green, and know next-to-nothing about this new book.

      YAY for discovering new books. Yes! That's what I understand; 'Holly' is a re-telling of A Christmas Carol. Intriguing, right?

      Glad to have you visit, Bekah! :)

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