Staff Recommendations, October 2015

29 October 2015 by 6 Comments

Staff Recommendations from Insatiable Booksluts

The banner says “read these books” (for now), but we’ve broadened our staff recs to include movies, TV, and even video games.

Teeth_posterJamie – Teeth – Grab a group of friends, snacks, and drinks and pray the neighbors don’t call the cops from all the scream-laughing you’ll be doing watching this perfect-in-October horror/comedy film. Warning: Not recommended if you’re planning on getting laid that night.
Rent or Buy Teeth on Amazon

Amy P. – Until Dawn (PlayStation) – Any excuse to scare the shit out of yourself, right? I was only watching someone else play, but was legit screaming at the top of my lungs. Beyond the scare factor, though, it’s a brilliantly crafted game. Complex storylines, amazing cinematic feel, great voice acting, spot-on animation, terrifying music…just glorious.
Until Dawn on Amazon

AmyD – Scandal (ABC) – I despise myself for mentioning it; I might have to come back and delete it. It’s so fun to watch. Kerry Washington tears it UP. One of the best parts is that some of the acting is terrible and it’s juxtaposed against Kerry Washington, who is awesome. I feel like it’s the “euchre” of political drama if House of Cards is considered “bridge.” You can binge-watch it on Netflix. Get carryout because you won’t want to stop.

Samantha – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – This series gleans its characters from fairy tales, but they’re changed in clever ways. Such as, Cinderella (aka Cinder) is a cyborg. Don’t think that it’s fluffy though: this series does not shy away from the difficult plot points, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised again and again by the lack of sugarcoating in the story. The characters are lovable and flawed, and you’ll find yourself rooting for each of them. It’s a good time to start the series; the fourth and final book is out in November.
Amazon | Powell’s Books

Dumplin' by Julie MurphySarah A. – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – This book had me at “a fat girl enters a beauty pageant,” and it only got better from there. Willowdean is one of my favorite characters to come through YA since Anne Shirley. She’s both confident and insecure, both fearless and scared, hilarious to the point of snorting and has southern sass coming out of her.. well.. ass. A self-identified fat girl, she enters the local beauty pageant to prove how ridiculous it is and ends up learning life lessons about friendship and self acceptance. Like you do. Basically I want to put it in the hands of every teen girl on earth and everyone who has ever been a teen girl and everyone who has ever known a teen girl.
Amazon | Powell’s Books

sj – We Stand on Guard, Brian K Vaughan and Steve Skroce (Image Comics) – Yes, I know you’re all reading Saga now (srsly, who isn’t?) and maybe you’ve read BKV’s Y: The Last Man (meh), but you should also totally be reading this mini-series.  We Stand On Guard is set in a future where America has invaded Canada.  We follow the civilians defending their country from the evil Americans. There are giant fucking robots, I really don’t know how you can say no to that.

Satan(Mel) – Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image Comics) –  in a somewhat post-apocalyptic Mafia-like world, the Very Important families have created Lazaruses – immortal fighting machines, basically.  But just because they’re created doesn’t mean they’re not human.  The Carlyle family’s Lazarus is Eve, and she is very badass.  She has her own secrets, and in volume 1, the fun is just beginning… I picked this up from the library, not really expecting to get into it.  I was wrong.  Eve’s not just your average fighting lady lead.  She really holds her own.

Rooms by Lauren OliverBridget – Rooms by Lauren Oliver – Oliver is a mostly YA author; Rooms is her adult debut. It’s a fun twist on a classic haunted house story: when the owner of an old house dies, his estranged family comes to take possession of the house. The two ghosts in residence, Alice and Sandra, speculate on the motives and actions of the family members…but then a new ghost arrives, and the teenage son of the former owner begins to make contact with her. It’s not scary, but there are some tense moments, and several stories wrapped up into one. It’s a great adult debut, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Oliver has next.
Amazon | Powell’s Books

Kate L. – The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan – Halloween is the perfect time to remind everyone of this criminally underread fantasy series. It’s got action, humor, diverse characters, swoony makeouts, and great, complicated family and found family and friendship stuff. Read this first line and just try to resist: “The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favorite sword under the sink.”
Amazon | Powell’s Books

Jessica – The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant – I know, I know…we are on zombie overload in pop culture. But hear me out. Zombies are almost more of a setting than anything else in this genius series, creating the perfect backdrop for political intrigue, terror, action, adventure, heartbreak, science, sass, and gore. Read them now that they’re able to be consumed in one go and enjoy not suffering my year-between-books pain to know what comes next.
Amazon | Powell’s Books

izombie Kelsey – iZombie, CW show executive produced by Rob Thomas – If you watched Veronica Mars, you’ll love this, because it’s basically VM with ZOMBIES. If you didn’t watch Veronica Mars, but you like detective stories and you like zombie stories, you’ll also like this. It’s quick and well-plotted, with the masterful dialogue that Rob Thomas shows are known for. And Season 1 is on Netflix! [Ed. note: this is also a DC comic, if you’re comic-inclined!]

Tony – Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind by Colleen Pelar I’ve spent the last two months of my life going through the process to adopt a retired racing greyhound from a rescue group. What I didn’t expect was that they would pile on a massive required reading list. (Seriously, I’ve taken university level literature classes that had fewer pages on the reading list.) One of the books that was optional but recommended was Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind. At first I wasn’t sure if I should read it since my children don’t live with me, but I decided to anyway. If you own a dog, whether you have children or not, you should read this. There is extensive information on how dogs communicate, use body language, and all kinds of other very useful information that is relevant regardless of your parental status. I definitely look at how dogs interact with completely different eyes now.


Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Book Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

6 thoughts on “Staff Recommendations, October 2015

  1. A group of friends and I did the Until Dawn group playthrough as well :P Boyfriend had the controller because he’s hands-down best at spontaneous button events and all of us discussed/chose the decisions together. In the dark after midnight. It is a brilliant game anyway, but the atmosphere and group play made it even more fun. :)

    Also, I have only watched a couple of episodes of iZombie but I really enjoy it. Definitely would second that recommendation.

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