October is a lot of things. It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's National Head Start Awareness Month. It's National Squirrel Awareness Month. It's also the time of year readers are more inclined toward the creepier titles in the library, so it's a good idea to have some good horror suggestions in your back pocket this month. Luckily, it was Horror Week on Goodreads, and they have lists on new authors, old favorites, and even The Nightmare Generator, where you create your own worst nightmare based on such mundane details as your first name and the color of your shirt. Mine is... Teenage Cannibal in a Hospital Wing. So, if you needed a premise for National Novel Writing Month, you're welcome.
October is also National Reading Group Month, and what better time to let your patrons know about the NCLS Book Club in a Bag program! (In case you missed it, we've got this flyer of new and upcoming titles.) Remember - Book Club in a Bag is a service for all book clubs, not just library-sponsored ones. Patrons can place their own holds through The Warehouse, as long as they have an NCLS library card.
October is also when the holiday romances come out in force. I'm ready.
In nonfiction corner, Book Riot has new releases to add to your nightstand, Barnes and Noble has October's best biographies and memoirs and best history and current affairs, while the What's Nonfiction blog gears up for its month-long celebration - Nonfiction November!
In awards news, the Andrew Carnegie longlist is out!
Finally, #FridayReads: Well, there's no time like fall for a cozy, so I'm curled up with Death on Tap, because a murder mystery set during Oktoberfest in a Bavarian-style tourist town is just exactly what I'm in the mood for. In my earbuds is Jason Isaacs, and long may he remain there. Happy reading/listening!