October is the month of Halloween so I’m pretty sure none of you are surprised with my choice of theme. I’ve done this quite a few times before, in 2014 my theme for October was creepy and in 2015 it was zombies, so I tend to pick scary themed books during this month. Even though I am the biggest scaredy cat to ever live and Halloween creeps me the fuck out and somehow I end up regretting my theme choices but not the books I read.
This year my friend Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews created a Halloween Read-A-Thon which will run from October 10th to October 31st, you can check out her announcement post here, and I decided to participate but I’ll be using this TBR to share the books I hope to read in the read-a-thon as well because they kind of inter lap. I’ll be adding a small addition to explain which books I’m reading for each challenge.
SO let’s get started!
First Order of Business:
Dead Girls Society and The Sun is Also a Star
by Michelle Krys and Nicola Yoon
This is an ARC from NetGalley. I haven’t read any books by Michelle Krys, I know she’s written a witch series and I’m really interested in that but I haven’t had the time to read it. The synopsis for this book really intrigued me and I can’t wait to read it! Towards the end of the month, I got accepted for a NetGalley ARC of The Sun is Also a Star! I’m so freaking excited because I also got a NetGalley ARC for Everything, Everything and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what it’s all about.
TBR Jar Pick:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson
(Trick or Treat: Trick – scary book you’ve been putting off or treat: free choice of any genre)
This is the second time this book has been in this particular spot but I just really want to read it! I’ve been neglecting this section of my TBRs for awhile, mostly because I’ve had other books to focus on and I always end up not having enough time to read my TBR picks but I am picking this up first thing this month!
The Mom Book Club:
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver #1)
by Dan Wells
My friends and I didn’t have the best of luck last month with our reading together. We decided to just skip the month and start off with something else in October, I gave out some suggestions and this is what we picked. I’m quite happy about that since this was already on my TBR and I’m really interested to see how it is.
Read It While It’s Hot Challenge:
Fear the Drowning Deep and Gemina
by Sarah Glenn Marsh and Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m really looking forward to reading these two books! The first is one I’m hoping to count for my debut author challenge which I didn’t even add anything for last month. It’s a historical fiction/paranormal and I’ve heard great things from blogger friends so I hope it’ll be good. And the second, OF COURSE, is the second book in the Illuminae files which I’m just dying for! The only bad thing is that this series doesn’t translate well in ebook format and I never end up loving it as much as I want to.
Manners & Mutiny, Cress, Fairest, All Fall Down and Killer Instinct
by Gail Carriger, Marissa Meyer, Ally Carter and Jennifer Lynn Barnes
So I obviously overestimated my reading prowess last month and I didn’t learn anything from that this month either. I really want to get these series done before the end of the year. Manners & Mutiny is the last book in the Finishing School series and I’m really sad to let this series go because it’s been so much fun! I tried to read Cress last month but didn’t have the chance so I’m adding it here and keeping my plan to read Fairest as well which I hope to be able to finish. And yes, I want to read All Fall Down! I need to catch up on this series before it ends in December. The last book has been added a few days before this goes live because I just finished the first book of that series, The Naturals, and it was so freaking damn good that I couldn’t not continue the series. So yeah, that happened. READ THE NATURALS!
Return to the Dark House (Dark House #2)
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
(Urban Legends: Read a horror or thriller book)
This is the last book in the Dark House duology. I read the first one in 2014 on Halloween which was definitely not a good idea but I really enjoyed it! And I want to finish this but I’m scared! It’s gonna be super creepy and I might shit my pants but who knows.
Please Remain Calm (This is Not a Test #1.5)
by Courtney Summers
(Witching Hour: Read a book after sunset)
I tried to read this last year after reading the first book in my zombie themed October but I just didn’t have the time to finish it, yes even though it’s a novella. So I want to get it done this year so I can finish this series and see what happens after the ending of the first book!
by Carly Anne West
I don’t really know what this book is about but I added to my TBR a long time ago. It’s about a girl who gets stuck restoring an old house in the woods and honestly that sounds creepy enough for me. I hope it’s good though I’ve never heard anyone talk about this book before.
by Bethany Griffin
(Costume Party: Read a book with a creepy cover)
This is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher which I have not read but the ones from him that I have read are really freaking creepy and I’m pretty sure this will be no exception. Again, haven’t really heard anyone talk about this book.
Age of Legends #1, #2 and #3
Sea of Shadows, Empire of Night and Forest of Ruin
by Kelley Armstrong
I’ve been wanting to read more books from Kelley Armstrong since she’s one of my favorite authors but I’ve only read one of her companion series. She writes a lot of adult but this is the other YA trilogy that she has and I said that this is one of the series I wanted to start last year on a T5W post, I can’t wait to read it!
Anna #1 and #2
Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares
by Kendare Blake
(Haunted House: Read a supernatural or paranormal book)
I tried to read this duology last year but I didn’t get around to it. However, I really want to read something from Kendare specially since her new book is getting so much buzz. I think this will be an interesting read and it’s only two books so I should be able to finish it.
Slasher Boys and Monster Girls
Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
This is a horror short story collection that came out last year and I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile. There are quite a few authors I know contributing as well as some that I’ve never read from before. I think it’s a very easy and quick way to find new authors without committing to full books and I hope I get a chance to read it. I might even read one by day or every two days and make my way through it that way.
A Drop of Night
by Stefan Backmann
This standalone is more of a thriller book but I’ve been super interested in it since I heard about it. I’m a sucker for contemporary thrillers (as you all should know) and this one has a certain horror edge to it that goes along with this theme.
So that’s it for this post! I’m both extremely terrified and super excited to start off this month. It’s nice sometimes to branch out and read some genres that are out of my comfort zones. What kind of books are you reading this month? Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!