October Staff Book Picks!

Dear Readers, 

October is here and as the leaves fall and the days get shorter, we think it's the perfect time to crack open a new book and get lost in its pages. Below, our staff shares a diverse selection of current and all-time favorite reads, from young adult fiction to the classics.

We hope we give you a reason to take time for yourself and indulge in words this month. Here at GirlSense & NonSense, it's one of our favorite things to do. 

Happy autumn to you and yours!

Pamela Picks:

Love Warrior

I love a good memoir and I'm so excited to devour Glennon Doyle Melton's latest book release, Love Warrior: A Memoir. She writes about the implosion of her marriage, her own mental health struggles, and more, but this description really enticed me to purchase the book: "Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life." I love authentic, strong women. Consider it read.

Letters to a Young Poet

I recently purchased two of Rainer Maria Rilke's translated works, but I'm most excited to read Letters to a Young Poet. These famous letters speak to anyone interested in living a more creative and authentic life. Rilke was also an incredible poet and I'm excited to breathe in some truth from him.

Hailie Picks:

More Sex is Safer Sex

I am currently reading More Sex is Safer Sex by Steven Landsburg which discusses the social and statistical implications of abstinence-based education in early childhood. Thus far, the book has proven to be a fascinating case study in cultural assumptions by, largely, the United States. I would suggest this book for individuals who enjoy books similar to Freakonomics because it shines a light on how one action can affect something that we would not expect. 

Little Women

One of my favorite books to read in the fall is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This classic novel is a comforting book to me; I’ve read it more times than I can count. Without giving any spoilers, it is a heartwarming story about a group of sisters and the trials they face as they grow older. I would suggest it to nearly anyone who enjoys reading.


Chloe Picks:

Empire of Storms

Right now I am currently reading Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. It’s the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, a fantasy saga which in my opinion is excellent. The story begins with and follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in a corrupted kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. The author wrote and published the first book of her series (Throne of Glass) when she was 16-years-old, and being 16 myself makes her a big inspiration to me as an aspiring author. These YA books are overall fun reads and certainly page-turners, but the main reason why I love them so much has to do with the main character, and how she and so many of the other female characters prove so greatly to stand as symbols of feminism. 

To Kill A Mockingbird

A book that I have always loved and probably always will love is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I first read it when I was in fourth grade when my mother had introduced the novel to me a few weeks prior. Though at such a young age I didn’t really understand quite all of the themes present in the book, I was definitely in love with the story before I had reached the last page. As a kid, it was not only one of the first pieces of truly great writing that were introduced to me but was also a great eye opener to me and source of education. I think about the book now because I recently read the famed book again, a required read, as a sophomore last year. I fell in love with it and the characters all over again, but this time in a new, more literary way. 

Emily Picks:

The Girl on the Train

I am so excited to start reading this book because I have heard so many great things about it! I love books with plot twists and unreliable narrators, and I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation, which is out later this month. But I plan on having the book finished first.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians

This series is for a young audience, but I continue to reread it and enjoy it the way I do the Harry Potter series- over and over again. I recently started reading it again because of the Greek Art class I am taking this semester, which has reignited my love of mythology. So the next logical step for me was to pick up the first The Lightning Thief.