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October TBR

In a normal month I usually try not to predict too much what I’ll read. I like to let the guidance of library stacks guide me in my spontaneous reading choices. September though was a very realistic fiction heavy month for me and with the Halloween season among us it seems like the perfect time for me to switch things up and go a different route with a TBR stacked full of the latest and greatest spooktastic books on the market. Want to know what to expect in the month of October? Keep reading!

red-queen-by-victoria-aveyard1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This book I started in the final week of September and as of right now I’m woefully behind in terms of my goal date to finish it by as I’m only on page seventy (which in this behemoth of a book is barely a dent in the rising action). It’s just going SO slow and I can not get into the world at all. Also…is it just me or is Mare universally a brat? I don’t think this book is going to work for me as a lot of the ideas Aveyard has throw together from other works didn’t sit well with me in the original book, yet alone in a ragtag mashup of every best selling trope in Young Adult right now. Here’s hoping it picks up but as of right now you guys will be seeing your first negative review from me.

six-months-later-by-natalie-d.-richards2. Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

I’ve heard tons of mixed things about this one. Some people loved it as a quick read that was wildly entertaining and incorporated mystery/contemporary elements. Others were annoyed by the heroine and her wishy-washy nature along with the confusing plot and high school antics that clouded the proposed storyline. I’ve finally decided to give it ago as one of my Goodreads group is hosting a buddy read on it and I feel like this is one I’m either going to need to angrily vent about whilst reading, or declare my undying puppy love for the author. Oh and I’m waaayyyy behind in my seventy book reading resolution for 2015 so at this point quick and easy is the name of the game. Expect a review in the first half of the month for this much hyped book.

anne-&-henry-by-dawn-ius3. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Fairy tale retellings are all the rage right now. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red riding Hood; you name it and I bet some authors is taking your favorite beloved Brothers Grimm heroine and turning it into a Young Adult story of robot fighting, zombie hunting, vampire slaying of epic proportions. Why not though do a high school inspired modern love story of history’s most notorious players? I’d read it and I’m willing to bet you would too. In Dawn Ius’s debut she does exactly that, placing the infamous, and doomed, love story of Harry Tudor and Anne Boleyn as a 21st century first love of two high schoolers. This is either the recipe for a cult favorite or the biggest hot mess of the year. I’m willing to take my chances on the latter and if my library system ever gets with the program and picks up a copy (rural life, am I right?) I’ll be finding out soon. Judging by the synopsis I think this book will be deliciously fun tabloid fodder in book format. Oh and did I mention that cover?

violent-ends-by-shaun-david-hutchinson4. Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

I mentioned this anthology type book on my Top Five Books I Want To Read This Fall list and due to circumstances in our news I think now is the perfect time to read it. All seventeen authors that contributed to this story have great reputations of offering delicate and thought provoking insights into issues facing our world today, and I think this book will bring up a lot of viewpoints I don’t believe many people consider when they discuss the topic. I’m prepared for the feels when it comes to reading this and I’m interested to see how the book is divided into different parts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book it’s about the aftermath of a school shooting and the butterfly effects that went into something so tragic. With all the controversy in our news today on the subject I believe this book has insight to offer everyone and based on advanced reviews I think it will be comparable to Thirteen Reasons Why.

i-crawl-through-it-by-as-king5. I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

A.S. King is a buzz word author for me. As soon as I hear she’s coming out with a new project I eagerly anticipate any news on what issue she’ll be tackling with surefooted heartfelt in her latest book. All I can say is even after following I Crawl through It for months I can’t even describe what the book is dealing with. Mental illness maybe? The synopsis is so confusing that I won’t even begin to describe it to you guys (but I do highly recommend looking it up) and I’m a little worried now that the ARC reviews have came in mostly negative even by some of her most diligent fans. Nevertheless, I must find out for myself and I’m still confident A.S. king won’t let me down yet. It seems like this one will surely be emotionally draining but I’ll try to keep you guys updated throughout on what I’m feeling.

daughters-unto-devils-by-amy-lukavics6. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Drum roll please…and finally the book I’ll be reading to correspond with the scariest night of the year, October 31st. A lot of readers have said it isn’t actually as scary as the cover and premise make it out to be, but that isn’t taking into consideration the fact I’m a big baby when it comes to anything remotely creepy. I think this one will be a good mix of the psychological thrills (The Hills Have Eyes/ Little House on the Prairie-esque family of this book move into a secluded cabin on the prairie covered in blood), creep factor, romance, and historical fiction elements. There’s a lot going on in the publishers synopsis so the author has a lot of directions she can take certain aspects of the story such as if she chooses to make it either horror/historical or horror/romance. Personally I’m rooting for the former, I think cabin fever in the 1800’s is so fascinating and I hope Lukavics really touches on that to reach a The Shining level horror story.

So that’s my tentative plans for the month at hand. Hopefully all goes well and I can complete all six of these books (and write reviews) along with two other books I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about getting to; The Scorpions Rules and The Enemy.  Let me know in the comments what your month ahead entails in terms of reading!

7 thoughts on “October TBR

  1. I’m a baby too when it comes to reading horror books, but I am going to suck it up for this month. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell) is at the top of my list along with The Book Thief. I think Red Queen picks up from the start and I actually enjoyed the book a lot once I got into it.

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    1. I’m so excited for Carry On as well! Rainbow Rowell will forever and always be a must read author for me. The Book Thief is one of my all time favorites as well, a perfect fall read. I agree with your statement that Red Queen picks up past the beginning. I’m farther in than when I posted this and I’m finding it to be a much more enjoyable read.

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      1. Yessss! And yeah Rainbow Rowell is amazing! It’s a good thing I’m reading it in the heart of Autumn then! I have a sneaky suspicion that it will be a very good read. And I’m happy to hear you are starting to enjoy Red Queen as well 🙂

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