Book Recommendations -- October 2015

I'm "way behind" on my posting schedule. Sorry that these last two months have been busier than usual. I'll try to pick up the frequency as time allows. If you're swamped too, I still suggest making time to read, and here's a list of some of the many books that were published this past month if you're looking for recommendations.


100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson
The SEAL Operative's guide to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation. Use these tips for good, not evil.


5 Seconds of Summer: Book of Stuff
The pop band compiles a scrapbook of photos and commentary from their year on tour and prepping for their new album.


After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
The author of Wicked starts a new series set in Wonderland as Ada searches for her friend Alice.


Almost Interesting: The Memoir by David Spade
The former Saturday Night Live comedian talks about his life as a stand up comic and an actor on TV and the movies.


The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
YouTube stars "DanIsNotOnFire" and "AmazingPhil" chronicle their journey to success.


Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge by Kerby Rosanes
The adult coloring book trend is still as strong as ever, so publishers are churning out more as fast as they can. Some of them are crap, so I'll only recommend ones that are worth it, like this detailed, engaging, and artistic one.


Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk
I am not the only one who considers this film trilogy to be one of the most entertaining cinematic adventures ever created, and this tome offers a beautifully illustrated look at the three movies.


A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner try to solve another murder.


Binge by Tyler Oakley
The YouTube personality compiles a series of essays on a variety of pop culture topics.


Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards
The drummer of punk band Blink-182 discusses the airplane crash that almost killed him, the reality TV show about his troubled marriage, his drug addiction, being a dad, and how music saved his life.


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, this is the third novel about private detective Coromoran Strike, following The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
In this fantasy story, we learn about the rise and fall of the chosen one, Simon Snow, "the worst chosen one who's ever been chosen."


City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Set during the blackout of 1977, this mystery novel has been earning excellent reviews.


Days of Our Lives: 50 Years by Greg Meng
Soap operas might by dying, but at least one of them is celebrating half a century of serial TV fiction.


Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell
Medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta tries to solve another crime.


Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
The tenth book in the series centers on trying to hide seven adorable puppies.


Do Unto Animals by Tracy Stewart, illustrated by Lisel Ashlock
Here is a friendly guide to how animals live and how we can make their lives better.


The Explorers Guide: Volume One -- A Passage to Shambhala by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, illustrated by Rick Ross
The actor/director tries his hand at adventure fiction writing.


Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music by John Fogerty
The singer/songwriter of Creedance Clearwater Revival shares his memoir.


The Good Dinosaur Little Golden Book by Bill Scollon, illustrated by Michaelangelo Rocco
If you loved all those Little Golden Books, here's the latest to add to your collection, whether you have kids or not. This one retells the latest Pixar story.


Got to Give the People What They Want by Jalen Rose
The NBA player and sports commentator talks about his life through "true stories and flagrant opinions from center court."


Happy! by Pharrell Williams
Following the phenomenal success of his hit song, Pharrell gathers pictures of children from different cultures around the world celebrating what it means to be happy.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
You've read all the books, now reread the original Potter tale with brand new illustrations.


Home by Ellen Degeneres
The celebrity shares her passion for home design and style.


The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams
The journalist and equestrienne tells the tale of one of mankind's greatest animal friends.


Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Continuing the success of his blog, Stanton shares more stories and photographers of New Yorkers.


I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory by Ray Lewis with Daniel Paisner
The legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker talks about his life and football.


If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons by Judah Friedlander
The comedian compiles his hilarious sketches.


The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck
I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas is right around the corner, so enjoy this novel about the true story of St. Nick.


Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz
A former atheist and a former radical have an important conversation about the misunderstandings and violence surrounding one of the world's most followed religions.


A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin, illustrated by Gary Gianni
Here is a compilation of the first three prequel novellas of Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga, better known as A Game of Thrones.


The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward
The intrigue surrounding the Watergate break-in continues to resonate as Woodward reveals another missing piece to the conspiracy that he and Carl Bernstein uncovered and chronicled in All the President's Men.


Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
The former basketball players starts a new children's book series.


Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
From the creator of Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest comes another adult coloring book masterpiece.


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Riordan starts a new series about the Viking myths and the Norse gods.


M Train by Patti Smith
The multiplatform artist shares polaroids and reflections.


My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
The activist tells the story of her life through her travels.


The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book by George R.R. Martin
Here's the newest interesting edition to the adult coloring book trend.


Pete the Cat: Robo-Pete by James Dean
No, this is not a long lost book by the legendary actor who died too young, but it's still a fun new addition to a series of children's books.


The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and Irina Maununen
Speaking of children's book, this bizarre little curiosity has been on the bestseller lists all month.


The Rap Year Book by Shea Serrano, illustrated by Arturo Torres
The most important rap song from every year since 1979 is discussed, debated, and deconstructed.


Raw: My 100% Grade-A, Unfiltered, Inside Look at Sports by Colin Cowherd
Love him or hate him, the ESPN radio host's opinions always spark discussion.


Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
Grisham's latest character works from a bullet-proof van and protects clients that other lawyers wouldn't go near.


Saturn Run by John Sanford
This latest science fiction tale is about what happens when a spaceship is discovered approaching planet Saturn.


The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
This novel tells the story of King David through the eyes of the prophet Natan and others around him.


Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Mixing technology and magic, the fantasy writer continues his Mistborn series.


Slade House by David Mitchell
From the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks comes this ambitious haunted house story.


Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles
Here's an inspirational memoir by the artist who gave us the hit song "Brave."


Steven Universe: Guide to the Crystal Gems by Rebecca Sugar
If you love the cartoon, you'll love the book.


The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
Flynn might be gone (may he rest in peace), but Mills delivers another adventure with his greatest character Mitch Rapp.


This Book Loves You by Pew Die Pie
YouTube stars are making their mark in publishing, and this collection of inspirational sayings by one of the online video platform's biggest stars is the latest example.


The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan
Here's the first in the Ranger's Apprentice prequel series, "The Early Years."


Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
Fans of the musician will love this memoir.


Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life by Michael Strahan with Veronica Chambers
Anyone who's met Strahan can attest to his positive attitude and inspirational charm, and now he discusses his philosophy in this new memoir.


The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 3 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
Just in time for the new season of the TV adaptation, the zombie comic book's issues 97-144 are collected here.


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
From the makers of the podcast of the same name comes a novel about a small town where ghosts, aliens, angels, and government conspiracies are commonplace.


Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
The actress and producer doesn't want to call this a memoir, but rather a portrait of her life.


The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff
From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Cleopatra, here's a historic look at the Salem Witch Trials.

If you can think of any others that I should have mentioned, I always welcome your feedback.  Thanks for reading!

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