Monthly TBR: October

New month. Same TBR?

That’s right, October’s TBR includes all the unread books from last month’s TBR list. For the rest of the year, my TBRs will consist mainly of books from previous TBRs that I didn’t read or that I need to reread before finishing the series (e.g. Nevernight.)

September was not enough time for me to get used to balancing two jobs and two internships while also reading semi-regularly. I managed well, all things considered. Yet my reading and blogging schedules have had to change. I only found a routine that works the last week of September; I want to see if it’ll allow me to read through the huge pile I tried to tackle last month.

Out of the fifty-three books on my official TBR as of September, I have read thirty. This month, I’m making an exception to my Series Challenge because I really want to finish the one I started last month: Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent. If you haven’t picked it up, I highly recommend it, especially if you like unusual mythology, demons, and supernatural romance.



The Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Multiple character’s lives intersecting. Dark magic. Thievery. Saving the world. These are some of my favorite things and I’m excited to see what Christo does with this duology!



Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I, like all of the bookternet, has heard the hype behind this book from the moment the cover was announced. The concept of an arrange marriage between two unlikely partners who are basically mortal enemies is inherently tied to conflict and some undoubtedly hilarious moments. (You are free to blame my increasing consumption of fanfic for this and you would be right.) I am both ready and not, mainly because I know I’ll want the sequel immediately.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

Scandals in Washington D.C. are already interesting enough when you consider our presidential system (eg. Scandal, Hamilton, All-American Girl). The moment I saw that this was an alternate history in which the U.S. is ruled under a monarch, I knew I wanted to read it. Navigating social etiquette is bound to result in some drama!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

It’s been a while since I’ve read any necromancer fantasy but with the background of messy politics, queer romance, and a complex magic system, I knew this has had to be my first read back into the niche.



The Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

I picked this series up sometime around 2011 or 2012. It has always stuck with me despite not finishing it because I read it in the following order: My Soul to Keep (#3), My Soul to Save (#2), My Soul to Take (#1), and My Soul to Steal (#4). I’ve recently come across spoilers and despite trying to forget, I can’t. So I’ve been wondering relentlessly “How did that happen?!” and I have lost all patience.

The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This book has been on my TBR for a few months now. One of my favorite series also explores how a villain is made and the cost of ambition, which is what grabbed my attention about this title. With the release of the upcoming companion novel, Song of the Crimson Flower, I figured now was a good time to start the duology.


A huge helping of supernatural and fantasy books is perfect for the Halloween season. The spookiest thing about this TBR is guessing which books will actually get read. Does anyone want to take bets?

What’s on your TBR this month? If you don’t create TBR lists, what October release are you most excited for?

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