October’s Book Recommendations

‪The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan ‬

Do you enjoy books that break your heart right off the bat? Do you enjoy chaotic bisexual energy? Then this is the book for you! Our favourite Olympian turned human, Apollo and his master Meg are back to honour their fallen friend and to fight to keep his dreams alive. Join the two of them as they go to face their fears in hopes of saving New Rome from zombies, ghouls and evil, immortal Roman emperors.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia‬

Tristan Strong is the story of a young man struggling with survivor’s guilt, who accidentally finds himself in the middle of a war. Stuck in an alternate world with a burning sea, iron monsters and ships of bone Tristan and his allies need to find a way to seal the hole in the sky so that he can return home and make sure he doesn’t lose any more people he loves.

La Belle Sauvage & The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman‬

With the HBO reboot of The Golden Compass, there’s no better time than now to return to the world of Dust and Daemons. The Book of the Dust series is a continuation of His Dark Materials, with both a prequel and a sequel, Philip Pullman brings us back the world of Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon.

La Belle Sauvage is set 12 years before the events of His Dark Materials and follows the journey of Malcolm Polstead, a village girl named Alice and their daemons Asta and Ben. Both of whom become the protectors of baby Lyra and Pan. After falling into a secret organization fighting for freedom against the Magisterium, they learn of the prophecy about Lyra and flee trying to get her to Lord Asriel and into the protection of Jordan College.

The Secret Commonwealth takes place in the future, seven years after we last saw young Lyra and Ben. Now a grown woman, Lyra and her daemon Pan have to navigate the world they had no idea existed. Travelling beyond Oxford, across Europe and into Asia she searches for a lost city haunted by daemons.

The Vegetarian Han Kang‬

Haunted by blood-soaked nightmares of animals being slaughtered, Yeong-hye decides to purge meat from her life and live as a vegetarian. The revelation sends shocks through her family as it goes in the face of all things conventional and acceptable. As they try to push her to return to a life of normalcy, she spirals out of control and becomes more plantlike forsaking food entirely. The three-part book is a story of pain, loss, depression and trauma, so read with caution and don’t worry if you have to walk away if it becomes too much.

The Fire Keeper by J.C Cervantes ‬

The sequel to The Storm runner shows that even in paradise, nothing’s perfect. Unable to control his fire powers and, dealing with the reality of his dog turning into a hellhound.

Zane has to go out to save his father the Maya God Hurakan, from being executed and to find other demigods like him, so they don’t do up dead.

Race To The Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse ‬

Nizhono Begay has developed a radar for monsters, and it’s going off when she’s met by Mr. Charles, her father’s new boss at the Oil & Gas company. Mr. Charles has an unusual interest in her Navajo heritage and the legend of the Hero Twins. No one believes her suspicions of course until it’s too late.

When her father disappears Nizhoni, her brother Mac and her best friend Davery go on a rescue mission. Earning the help of Diné Holy People through a series of trials all to face Mr. Charles and the monsters he’s unleashed.

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come by Jessica Pan‬

We’ve all heard that sometimes it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but could you do it for a year? Join Jess on her ride to live as an extrovert for a year. Improv classes, solo vacations, and chatting with strangers on the street, does it make her life better or was it all not worth the hassle? You’ve got to read to find out!

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee‬

The story of a woman who was Tumblr famous before Tumblr was a thing. Jo Kuan’s 9-5 is as the Lady’s Maid to an awful Atlantan aristocrat’s daughter, but at night she’s the famous advice columnist Dear Miss Sweetie. Using the power of her prose, she tackles the prejudice against race and gender, but what will she do when bigots want to expose her identity? Guess you’ll have to read and find out.

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim‬

The description of “Project Runway meets Mulan” couldn’t be more perfect. Maia Tamarin has dreams of being the best tailor in the land, but the law of the land dictates that the best she can hope for is to marry well. Follow her genderbending adventure, as she competes with 11 other tailors to get a chance to dress the Emperor’s bride to be before getting found out.

Daughters of Nri by Reni K Amayo

We all saw Twitches on Disney growing up; this is that, but better!

In a world abandoned by the Old Gods live Naala and Sinai, Twin Goddesses separated birth grew up living with humans thinking they were one of them. All to protect them from the Eze Ochichiri, the ruler of the Kingdom for Nri. But now that their powers have been awakened will they be able to challenge the man who beat the Gods?

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Keshav Kant, aka Mx. KantEven, is a med student tuned Executive Director of Off Colour!

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