AOL Recommends: What to read this weekend


Now that Halloween is over, why not come off that sugar rush with one of these noteworthy picks?


We Are Water by Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb's books have a way of grabbing the reader within the first few pages. "We Are Water" is no exception -- Lamb constructs characters so likable and interesting that you can't stop thinking about what will happen to them. After 27 years of marriage, well known artist Anna Oh has decided to leave her husband for a woman, the owner of the gallery that represents her work. Anna and Viveca plan to wed in Three Rivers, Conn., the town were Oh raised her three children and where Oh's now ex-husband still lives. Not everyone is excited about the upcoming nuptials, and the event opens up a box of painful secrets from the past. Told from the perspective of many characters and often in a form of stream of consciousness, "We Are Water" is addicting up until the very end. Released Oct. 22 2013.

Mulholland Books

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
If Halloween left you aching for something a little more creepy, "The Shining Girls" has you covered. Beukes constructs the story of Harper Curtis, a unique serial killer. Curtis not only kills young women, he travels through time while doing it, murdering girls in all different decades. Oh, and he does it because an evil house makes him. Despite its confusing premise, the book is captivating. Curtis is able to get away with these gruesome murders because he can travel through time, but that all changes when he attempts to kill Kirby Mazrachi and fails. Once she recovers, Mazrachi is determined to track down her assailant with the help of a reporter. "The Shining Girls" is an unusual novel, but the supernatural thriller will definitely keep you hooked. Released June 4, 2013.

Mariner Books

The Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed
"The Best American Essays" series has been around since 1986 and has become one of the most well known essay anthologies around. This edition is edited by Cheryl Strayed, author of "Wild," "Tiny Beautiful Things" and "Torch." If you're a fan of the author's previous work, you'll definitely enjoy the essays she picks for this collection. "The Best American Essays" includes work by Alice Munro, Vanessa Veselka, Charles Baxter and more. Released Oct. 8, 2013.

What are you reading this weekend? Tell us below in the comments.