Saturday SOOP: Hot 20 Book Ideas for 10/22/2016

October and Halloween is the gateway to family holiday season here in the US, and to me that translates into all the family drama the inspires so many of us to write. The summer months are, of course, fantastic and fun, but nothing brings out inspiring moments than family spending time together in confined spaces. While many fall activities are not actually indoor-only, they’re generally not in the frolic-through the fields genre. Except, of course, for corn mazes! And that brings me to the reason the post is late. Every year my family does a corn maze, and it happens to be one of the largest corn mazes in the country. Why do I think it’s important for me to talk about today? Because corn mazes are the prime opportunity for unique people watching.

There are many different ways people approach the puzzle of the corn maze. For context, this corn maze was a version of a scavenger hunt where you were looking for hole-punches, and when you collect all the hole punches (in numbered order) you get Smarties at the end. My party was actually comprised of a visiting family, my father and oldest sister, another sister and her best friend, and myself and two friends from college. We all got split up very quickly, but kept running into each other. The visiting family, who had never done a corn maze before, was very excited about the whole process. You could hear them bickering from rows away, and the two husbands in the party spend the entire time running back and forth. My oldest sister and father (an engineer and a chemist) went through the whole maze twice because they missed two hole punches the first time and logically reasoned it would be easier to start over than retrace their steps. My sister and her best friend simply wandered to and fro, because neither of them are very good at reading maps. My friends were a mixed bag. One was very good at maps, and kept us on track when he could, and the other would just wander off because she “had a feeling.” For the record, and I can neither read or map, nor divine through intuition directions through a maze. I just kept walking, finding my way back to them by screaming “Marco!” very loudly.

Is this more than you wanted to know about an all day outing with my family? Probably yes. But it’s definitely a very interesting way to see your characters. How would they handle a corn maze? Would they be very logical? Or intuitive? Rely solely on the map? Wander off on their own? Or walk right through the corn walls?

Don’t forget about the forum topic introduced last week, “Wishful Thinking,” in which you have the chance to discuss the things that you wish you could change about your life as a writer. Now, we would never give up that part of our lives, but certainly there would be something. Maybe a new editor, or an editor at all. Perhaps you wish you had access to a certain tool, or opportunity. Tell us! Maybe someone else has a tip.

And now, without further jabbering, the Hot 20 Book Ideas for October 22, 2016 are…


1 The Lottery Curse by Carey Azzara


The Lottery Curse by Carey Azzara

2 The Rod of Iron by Wade Frannson

The Rod of Iron by Wade Fransson

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3 Willow Rose Learns Honesty by Marvia Korol and Meredith Mast

Willow Rose Learns Honesty by Marvia Korol and Meredith Mast

& Relationships· Arts and Photography· Children’s Books· Family·Parenting

4 Beyond Terror by Anne Marie Waters

Beyond Terror by Anne Marie Waters


5 1, manupulation magic

MANIPULATION MAGIC by obiakor uchenna


 Naeisus: The Age of Reckoning by Thomas Lay

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7 Off to Never Never Land by Kinsley Portner

Off to Never Never Land by Kinsley Portner

Mystery· Science Fiction & Fantasy· Suspense· Romance · Thriller

8 Living On Borrowed Time by Samie Sands

Living On Borrowed Time by Samie Sands

&Relationships · Family

9 The Vipharan's Visit

The Vipharan’s Visit by Rohini Singh


10 In Shadows by Celeste Arts

In Shadows by Celeste Arts


Return of The Hero by Jeff Clarke

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12 Crossing the Line by Allen Eisenberg


Crossing the Line by Allen Eisenberg

Literature & Fiction · Self Help · Teens



13 Spirits of the Heart

Spirits of the Heart by Claire Gem

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14 Three Cheers for Chips by David Hardie

Three Cheers for Chips by David Hardie

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15 The Devil drinks RUM

The Devil drinks Rum! by Sujit Sood

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HipHughes Teacher Tips by Keith Hughes

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17 Scan-13-Sig

BILLY BASS THE 5 WAVES ROCKS by Lynn Barry Worthington

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18 disorderly

Disorderly Life: Living with and Recovering from PTSD by Denita Stevens

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Curia Noctis: Krell v Bulin by Ben Bryant

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20 If My Heart Could Talk


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