What a month.
I didn’t get to read as many spooky books as I planned. Look back on my October TBR, I had some pretty lofty goals and while I read 20 books this month… only three were from my actual TBR. Whoops.
Having said that, most of the books I read were four and five star books, so I’m super excited about that! I also got to attend the Southern Festival of Book in Nashville, and it was a ton of fun especially since I was able to meet Nic Stone, Daniel Jose Older, and Stephanie Perkins. I’m getting more comfortable at book festivals and enjoying myself more when I do get to go, so this month was pretty much a win!
Without further ado… my October Wrap Up!
THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo.
I’m usually not a huge fan of anthologies or short stories but when Bardugo announced TLoT, I knew I would buy it… because I’m Bardugo trash. However, I really, really loved this book. I was able to meet her (for just a brief, sweet moment but still!) and she’s just as lovely as her books. If you’re unsure about short stories, I definitely recommend picking this one up, especially if you like fairy tales.
THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET by Karina Yan Glaser.
I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this one and a hardback copy from the publisher! My godkids super enjoyed reading this one with me!
You can peep my full review here.
TAPROOT by Keezy Young.
I usually don’t read graphic novels, but this one came highly recommended and it was super adorable! I love plants, I love ghosts, I love Queer love!
Check out my full review here.
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
This was a reread. I needed something light and fluffy after reading SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and while I probably could have found something a little more October-esque, this has been my go to feel good book since I read it two summers ago.
LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW by Katie Green.
This was my second graphic novel of the month. It’s a very heavy read in terms of page length and the topics it covers. Please make sure to check out the TW/CW before reading!
You can check my review here.
DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
I had the honor of meeting Nic Stone this month in Nashville and she’s truly a gem. I had planned on waiting until November to read this one but after hearing so many great things about it, I decided to dive in. This book really lives up to its hype.
Check out my review here.
NIGHTMARES! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
I had no idea this book even existed until I saw it on the YallFest website. I was also super leery of it… I mean, I know who Jason Segel is but I had my doubts about his ability to write a middle grade series.
I was super wrong, though! This is creepy and spooky and made me cry at one point. I can’t wait to read the rest of these!
THE OCTOBER COUNTRY by Ray Bradbury.
This is just an October staple. Written in that unique Bradbury style, this is a collection of stories that will leave you spooked and wanting more.
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty.
I first discover Caitlin through her YouTube channel, Ask A Mortician. Finding someone who isn’t squeamish about death is always fun and I decided to give her books a chance… and wasn’t disappointed.
THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron
I can’t stop thinking about this book.
I really want the sequel.
Good grief, this book.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by Caitlin Doughty.
Another #DEATHPOSITIVE book!
THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins.
This was my first Perkins books and while I don’t think her other ones are quite up my alley, I really enjoyed this one.
YOUR ONE & ONLY by Adrianne Finlay.
Will I ever be done with dystopian YA?
IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware.
This started out as a 5 star book but quickly lost its steam halfway through. It’s not a bad book, it just feels like it is lacking the ‘oomph’ it needs to be spectacular.
HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash.
This was my third graphic novel of the month. Like LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW, this a memoir about the author as a younger girl. Maggie is dealing with her first real life crush… on a girl.
TW for “romance” between a 15 yo and 19 yo.
MILES AWAY FROM YOU by A.B. Rutledge. This has some super questionable content as far as the trans rep. I have a copy of this available for any US trans blogger who would like to review it.
TRU & NELLE: A CHRISTMAS STORY by G. Neri. I was really looking forward to this one but it fell really, really flat. When my godkids ask if we can start another book in the middle of one… you know it’s not worth more than 2 stars.
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis. I’d heard so many great things about this book and it didn’t live up to a single one.
PECULIAR COUNTY by Stuart R. West. The main character… she’s not like other girls. She has a blue bike. She doesn’t like girl things. She’s not like other girls. She’s not like other girls, ok?
And that’s my October wrap up! See any books you’re interested in? Or maybe that you’ve already read? Let me know in the comments!