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WW Book Club for October 22nd — 28th, 2023: 7 Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

A whimsical rom-com, a magical fantasy, feel-good short stories, a lush historical — we've got you covered!

Welcome, fellow book and literature lovers, to the 17th week of the Woman’s World — also known as WW — book club!

As you know, every week our book editors will introduce you to seven brand-new page-turners that are just right for women over 45. We hope you will find a few jewels that are a perfect addition to your reading lists, your book club line-ups and/or your nightstand pile.

This week we’ve got everything from cozy whodunits to whimsical rom-coms to inspirational self-help guides to magical fantasies, no matter what kind of bookish mood you’re in, these reads are sure to bring you joy!

And there’s one thing we can guarantee: These reads are curated especially to lift your mood, lower your stress and make you feel great.

Here, our book club round-up for October 22nd to October 28th — let us know which ones you end up reading and what you think. We love hearing from you!

On the hunt for a cute and cozy whodunnit?

Get comfy with Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant by Darci Hannah

Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant cover
Darci Hannah

Spooky-meets-kooky adventure ensues in this whodunit set on Halloween. In Beacon Harbor, bakeshop owner and lighthouse resident Lindsey Bakewell is very busy ahead of the pumpkin pageant. Reluctantly, she lets her friend Kennedy host a live ghost-hunting investigation in her lighthouse. The event takes a turn when the hunters find a corpse. Now, Lindsey and her crew must crack the case or else!

Want to escape back in time?

Get lost in Homeward by Angela Jackson-Brown

Homeward by Angela Jackson-Brown cover
Angela Jackson-Brown

Readers are taken back to 1962 Georgia in this sweeping and emotional novel. When Rose Perkins Bourbon returns home to Parsons, Georgia, with a baby after losing her husband in the war, she’s forced to forge a new path for herself. Her sister soon introduces her to student activists, and she meets Isaac Weinberg. What follows is a story of self-discovery, love, taking risks and learning to fight for what you believe in.

In the mood for a whimsical, romantic ride?

Enjoy Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot

Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot cover
Meg Cabot

Bestselling author Meg Cabot — known for the fan-favorite book-turned-movie The Princess Diaries — always pens dreamy, heartfelt tales. Her latest book follows a witch named Jessica Gold, who disastrously cast a spell years ago and was banned from the World Council of Witches. But 15 years later, she’s reunited with handsome WCW member Derrick Winters, and she’ll have to rely on her magic in ways she never has before.

Looking for a funny, feel-good escape?

Crack open The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella

The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella cover
Sophie Kinsella

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and witty charm, this saga delights! Sasha’s career has officiallyburned her out. She decides to visit the seaside resort she loved as a child to finally relax. But it’s off-season, and the only other occupant is Finn — another stressed-out professional. When messages addressed to them appear on the beach, they start to talk. As they open up, Sasha and Finn feel a spark that ignites them both.

Need an instantly inspiring reset?

Try The Garden Within by Dr. Anita Phillips

The Garden Within by Dr. Anita Phillips cover WW Book Club
Dr. Anita Phillips

As women, we’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you,” and we’ve had to bottle up these feelings time and again. But in her new book, Christian author, licensed therapist and mental health expert Dr. Anita Phillips explores the opposite: What if we actually used our emotions to heal and grow the “garden” in our hearts? With inspiring findings from her own neurobiological research, biblical insights about Jesus’ own emotions and tips to “grow” your goals, she helps readers walk toward a freeing, faith-filled daily life!

Yearning for a feel-good saga?

Feel transported in The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa

The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa cover WW Book Club
Hiro Arikawa

In the anticipated follow-up to the bestselling The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners’ lives, climbing, comforting and nestling, in this uplifting collection of tales by bestselling author Hiro Arikawa. In this book of seven short stories, each tale explores how — in different ways — the devotion of a well-loved cat brings you joy. This warm, hopeful book is a true celebration of cats and cat lovers!

Dreaming of a magical adventure?

Immerse yourself in An Inheritance of Magic by Benedict Jacka

An Inheritance of Magic by Benedict Jacka cover WW Book Club
Benedict Jacka

Thrilling moments abound in this fantastical story where the wealthy seem to exist in a different world. Almost as if by…magic. Stephen Oakwood is a young man on the edge of this hidden world. He has talent and potential, but turning that potential into power takes money and opportunity. But when an encounter with a member of House Ashford gets him noticed by the wrong people, Stephen is thrown into it all. For centuries, the vast corporations and aristocratic Houses of the magical world have grown rich by hoarding their knowledge. To survive, Stephen will now have to take his talent and build it up into something greater. Can he beat them at their own game?

See our latest WW Book Club picks here:

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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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