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October TBR

I kept going back and forth about whether or not I was going to do a TBR post this month, but I finally decided to just do it. I might not stick to this at all, but I’m hoping to get through at least most of these this month.

Most of these books were chosen for R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall, but the first one was just because my hold came through after months of waiting. They’re not in any particular order, as usual, and I have deviated a little from my original TBR for R.I.P. and SWF. The ones I left off this TBR are still books I might read, but we’ll see how things go.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid because I finally got the audiobook from the library. I own the Kindle edition, but (as I think I’ve said before) I like to also check out the audiobook when I can, so I can keep going with a book while doing something else.

The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey has been on my TBR for ages, and I finally got the audiobook from OverDrive. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but most people seemed to like it, so I’m hoping I will, too.

The Woman in the Window

I haven’t gotten A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window yet, but my turn should be coming up around the middle of the month, finally. This one, I don’t know how I feel about :/ I’m not excited, but I am curious to see if I like it. As of right now, this one is the most likely to get bumped if I’m not feeling it or I’m running out of time to read books I’m looking forward to more.

The Woman in White

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a book I can not believe I still haven’t read. My library’s OverDrive amazingly, finally, got the audiobook and my hold just came through, yay! This is kind of a longer one, and the wait list isn’t super long, so this one might get pushed to like…December…if I need to bump something else.

The Things She's Seen

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina landed on my radar while I was looking for books to fulfill prompts for a reading challenge (Book Riot’s Read Harder or PopSugar’s, I can’t remember which one I picked this for), and I think it might also work for R.I.P. XIV, so the timing was perfect.

This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted by John Boyne has been on my Kindle for like three years now, and I still haven’t read it. I checked out the audiobook, and hopefully that will motivate me to actually finally read it.

The Haunting of Hill House

I think I’m going to re-read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, because we got a copy in the September OwlCrate. I didn’t love this one the first time around, so I’m curious to see if my thoughts have changed. (I also have a hold placed on the audiobook because I can not be stopped.)

The Halloween Tree

I’m finally (hopefully) going to read Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree! I’m saving this one for either Halloween day or maybe a day or so before. Probably. (And yes, I also placed a hold for the audiobook. This really is a problem.)

Undead Girl Gang

I might get to Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, but this one is lower priority and I won’t be mad if I have to bump it a month or something.

The Bone Houses

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones has been on my TBR all year and I really, really, really hope I get to it this month. I might actually bump something else off the list if necessary, because I really want to read this one ASAP.

The Supernatural Enhancements

Finally, The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero, because I started it in September and haven’t read a single page this month :/ I picked this up from a bargain section in a bookstore a couple of years ago because the title and cover caught my eye, but I am really struggling to get through it.


That is (kind of) a lot of books. But most of them are either just the audiobook, or books I plan to read and listen to, so I should be able to get through them all, if I can motivate myself to actually read.

There are a couple of books that are on my mental “maaaaaybe this month” list, but I left them off because I think I can wait to read them. Some are new releases, some are upcoming releases, and one or two are just books I’ve been on the fence about borrowing from the library/OverDrive, and we’ll find out which way it goes in my wrap up haha.

There’s one book that was on my autumn TBR, I think, that didn’t make this list because I’ve decided not to read it, probably ever. I can separate art from artist, but it’s a lot harder when I learn something about the artist before being exposed to their work. I feel like it always changes my perception of the thing, for better or worse. In this case, what I learned left me feeling angry and uncomfortable, and I don’t think I’ll be able to shake that to read a (very long) book by them. Maybe some day, but not while all of this is so fresh in my mind :/


What’s on your October TBR?

Have you read any from my list?

Which one(s) do you think I should prioritize?

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September Wrap Up

Last month kicked off R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall (Gothic September), and oh man did I have big reading plans. My sign up post included my TBR, and then I also did the Top 10 Tuesday post about my autumn TBR.

I actually didn’t do too bad, now that I’m looking at them. I knew I would read outside my TBR, and that I might not even read a single book I said I wanted to read, but I did end up finishing four and starting a fifth from those lists, so I’m kinda pleased.

Read in September

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe– This one was a re-read, and I enjoyed it. The movie Stonehearst Asylum is loosely based on this story, and I definitely recommend it.

Dolly

Dolly by Susan Hill– Eh, I liked this novella, but I didn’t love it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars and really don’t have anything else to say about it :/

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab– I borrowed this one from my kid and I ended up giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t read a ton of middle grade, but this one was basically perfect for me.

The Hunger

The Hunger by Alma Katsu– I’ve wanted to read this since it came out, and I finally got the audiobook from OverDrive. I really enjoyed it (I gave it 4 out of 5 stars), and I miiight review it, because I have a lot of thoughts, if only I can organize them.

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals, #3)

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole– Yeah, I know, it’s not spooky. I had a day when I just wanted something fluffy and cute, and I’m obsessed with the Reluctant Royals series anyway, so I picked this one up. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– Finally, something that was on my TBR. I still can’t believe it took me until I was on the edge of 30 to finally read this book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and gave myself a mental slap for not reading it sooner. I expected to absolutely love this book, but for some reason I just didn’t. I did like it a lot, but I think my expectations were super high, and if I’d read it when I was younger, I would have loved it. At this point, I’ve just seen it raved about and hyped for so long that I was expecting my world to be shattered and remade, and what I got was a really good–but not “reinvent the wheel” good–Gothic novel.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo– This one was on my T10T Autumn TBR, and I finished it near the end of September. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and my review/discussion about it went up yesterday.

My Best Friend's Exorcism

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix– OMG this was on my TBR so long -_- I think I’m going to write a review for this one, because I have a lot of thoughts and no one to word-vomit on about it. I haven’t rated it yet, but I really liked it. Oh, and it was on both of my TBRs.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind– This one was also on both of my TBRs, and it has been on my TBR for like a decade now. I also haven’t rated this one, because I’m having conflicting feelings. I think I liked it? I’m going to digest it a bit longer before rating (and possibly reviewing…maybe), but I think it’s worth a read if you like darker historical fiction.


So, seven novels, one short story, and one novella. After the hellish summer reading slump I was in, I’ll take it. I’m hoping to cross at least a couple more off my TBR this month, but I’m not going to be too upset if I end up not reading anything from those lists.


How was your September?

If you’re participating in R.I.P. and/or Something Wicked Fall, how’s it going for you?

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R.I.P. XIV: Week 2 Wrap Up

I almost didn’t do this post, but I’m trying to not be too hard on myself when it comes to posting. I used to think it was better to skip posting than be late, but now I’m trying to break out of that way of thinking, at least when it’s something I actually do want to write about.

I didn’t include Something Wicked Fall in the title of this one, because I didn’t finish anything that counts for it. I think. But, it all counts for R.I.P., so I didn’t totally fail 😛


Once again, I didn’t read a ton. But, I also didn’t watch a lot, really. I think I’m going to stick with the Best/Worst format for what I watched, like I did in my first weekly wrap up.

The Worst:

The Ones Below– I almost never skip through a movie (or book), but I was soooo bored with this one. I ended up skipping to the end and watching the last five minutes or so, hoping I was wrong about how it was going to end, but I wasn’t. It was so predictable and boring, and I saw the ending coming from the first maybe 10 minutes or so of the movie.

American Horror Story: Cult– It took me five tries (and reading spoilers for every episode) to finish this season, but I finally managed by having it playing in the background while I did other things. This one is probably my least favorite season, which sucks because I had high hopes for it back when it was announced.

The Best:

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil– Holy crap, why aren’t more people talking about this one? I absolutely loved it. I thought it was entertaining, funny, and didn’t feel like I was watching something I’ve seen 10 times before.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House– This got a lot of buzz (good and bad) when it was new, but I only just watched it, finally. I thought it was brilliant, and definitely one that makes you think. But, I can also see why so many people hated it. It’s great if you like more Gothic-style horror as opposed to jump scares, blood and gore, etc.

Darna Mana Hai– This is an Indian anthology horror/drama, a lot like Campfire Tales from 1997, and I loved it. If you like your horror to be on the campier side, check it out.


City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

The only thing I finished reading during the second week was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, but I really enjoyed it. It’s somewhere between a 4.5 and 5 star book for me, and I can’t wait to pick up the second one. I’m thinking about writing a review, but I’m not sure yet.

I started another book Saturday night, but I didn’t finish it until Sunday, so that’s going in this week’s wrap up. And I might write a review for it, because I have thoughts, but I haven’t been able to wrangle them into something coherent yet.


I’ve got a few books I’m hoping to get through this week, so hopefully the next wrap up will be a bit more book-heavy. I’m still not fully out of the slump, but I think I’m getting close to being free of it, finally.

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Weekly Wrap Up 10/15-10/21

I’ve officially given up on Blogtober 😦 I was really looking forward to it, but between my internet going out constantly, all of us being sick, and some other personal stuff, it hasn’t exactly worked out.

Oh well.


I failed at even posting Top 10 Tuesday, Top 5 Wednesday, or Fairy Tales Fridays because I was sick and/or in pain all week. Well, except for Monday, which was my birthday and I miraculously didn’t have a terrible day. (I’d planned to do the birthday party book tag again, but some unexpected things came up and my internet was down almost all day Sunday and Monday, ugh.) I woke up sick on Tuesday, though. Hopefully next week things will be back to normal.


I’m super behind on the SomethingWickedFall read along (I’m literally only 35 pages into Something Wicked This Way Comes). I am so, so bad at read alongs, even when it’s just me and a friend reading the same book. I’ll probably do what I usually do and end up reading the whole thing in a day or two soon. Something about scheduled reading just doesn’t work for me.


For R.I.P. XIII, I haven’t read anything, either. But, I already succeeded at Peril the First (reading 4 books), and this week has been all about Peril On the Screen. I’ve watched:

  • The Babysitter (I’m torn about how I feel about this. I thought it was amusing at times, but something about it gave me weird feelings.)
  • The Haunting of Hill House series (I watched this one while I was sick earlier this week and I really liked it. It deviated from the book, but it was fun.)
  • The Lodgers (Uuuuuggggghhh. I had hoped this would be good because the description was intriguing, but I kind of hated it.)
  • Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, and Scream 4 (This might be my favorite horror movie franchise, and I’m so mad that the opening scenes of Scream 4 are cut from the version on Netflix. Unfortunately, my DVD was murdered a couple of years ago, so Netflix was my only option.)
  • Beetlejuice (This is one of our most-viewed movies and I think we have like 3 copies.)
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (I love this movie. It’s ridiculous, but so much fun.)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (One of my favorite horror movies. I’ve always been a Freddy fan. I never really cared for Michael or Jason. And I hated the 2010 remake, ugh.)
  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown (I’m not sure I’d ever seen this entire movie before this week. This one won’t be a movie I re-watch much, I’m sure, but I liked it.)
  • Dark Shadows (Another one that’s kind of ridiculous, but fun. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the series, so I don’t know how much they butchered things for the movie.)
  • Sleepy Hollow (This is the point where I started to think it was either Johnny Depp or Tim Burton week in my house. This was one of the first horror movies I saw in theaters, and I love it. This one is seriously only loosely based on Irving’s story.)
  • Corpse Bride (Another movie that gets played a lot in my house. It always makes me miss my piano, though.)

Maybe next week I’ll get in some short stories and a book or two.


And that’s a wrap. October is not turning out to be a great reading month, but there’s still 10 days, so who knows? I’m hoping to read at least a couple more books this month, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed about a couple of library holds getting to me soon.


Oh my gods, I just realized there are only 10 days left until NaNoWriMo starts

I am less prepared than I have been in years, wow. This might be a pantser year instead of a planner year for me. (I used to be a pantser, but started planning about 3 NaNos ago.) I’m just…going to go…scream into a pillow…

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Blogtober Weekly Wrap Up 01

I missed yesterday for Blogtober 😥

I didn’t have my post scheduled because I was planning to take a couple of pictures during a short trip, then post from the hotel room last night. I had it all planned out in my head so well, but then it ended up raining (until after dark, of course), and we didn’t get our room because someone screwed up.

So, my Saturday through Sunday morning basically consisted of being in a vehicle for most of 18 hours, rain, fog so thick you could sink your teeth into it, and unreliable cell reception :/

*sighs dramatically*

I haven’t read much this week because I’ve been busy and I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for. I think all I’ve read, besides this week’s fairy tale, was a bit from Michelle Tea’s Modern Tarot and a few pages of Something Wicked This Way Comes (part of FrightFall’s readalong, but I’m behind).

Thinking I might have a few minutes to read on the trip, I took books with me (2 paperbacks and my Kindle, because you never know 😛 ), but never had an opportunity.

Basically, week one of Halloween month wasn’t really productive, but I’ve learned that if I’m not going to be home, I need to get a post scheduled before I leave because I can’t trust that I’ll have internet access after I leave.