Hi everyone! I’m sharing my October TBR today, and I’m very excited for all the spooky reads I’ve got planned this month. If you’ve been seeing my posts over the last 5 years of blogging (which is insane, by the way) then you know I always LOVE blogging in October and all the spooky reads and recommendations! As always, I’m a mood reader so this list could change throughout the month, but for now, I really want to read a few creepy reads and some fantasy with fall vibes!
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
There’s just something about this book that screams “read me in fall” and that means I’m required to read it. I’ve only read the Wayward Children series and Into the Drowning Deep which was written under her penname Mira Grant, but I love her writing and I feel like I’ll really enjoy this one! I don’t know too much about it other than it follows twins Roger and Dodger and the man who made them who wants to turn them into gods. For some reason, it reminds me of Jack and Jill from the Wayward Children series, but I don’t know if the book actually has those vibes. I’ll be finding out this month!
The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
Tiktok is getting to me with this one! I do have Carissa Broadbent’s other series Daughter of No Worlds, but this one felt fitting for the spooky season since it’s got vampires! The adopted human daughter of the vampire king enters a legendary tournament to try to better her life. It’s been compared to ACOTAR and FBAA, and it’s just been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy romance so I’m excited about this one!
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Fantasy romance in a world of magic, zombies, and demigods? Sign me up! I listened in to the author even with Megan Bannen and Hannah Whitten where they talked about their books and it made me so excited to read this one, and I feel like it’ll be the perfect lighter read to break up all the dark books I’ve got on my TBR this month! This is about Mercy who is helping to keep the family undertaking business afloat and Hart, a demigod marshal who patrols the magical wilds of Tanria. They don’t really like each other, but start to fall in love through anonymous letters sent to each other.
Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher
This will be my third T. Kingfisher book and I’m really excited about it! I haven’t read any of their fantasy books yet, and I’ve seen that this one is like a dark fairy tale which makes me even more excited, plus it’s pretty short! This is about a girl who goes on a quest to kill a prince to save her sisters from his abuse, and I’m really interested in how everything will work out, I’ve heard great things about this one!
Gallows Hill by Darcy Coates
I just finished reading my first Darcy Coates book (in fact, I finished it so quickly I had to replace it on this TBR list) and this was the next one that caught my eye. This one was just released last month and sounds so interesting! It’s set at a winery where the owners die suddenly and their estranged daughter inherits the business and moves into her cursed childhood home. I love a good haunted house story, and after reading From Below I know that this author is great at making my skin crawl!
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Similarly to my reasoning for adding The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy to my TBR this month, I really wanted to throw in another less spooky and more heartwarming witchy book to my list to help break up some of the heavier books I’ve got this month. I honestly know very little about this other than in this world witches need to stay away from each other so their magic doesn’t mingle and draw attention, but there is a house where witches are teaching younger witches how to control their magic and it goes from there. I’ve been hearing good things about this one, so I’m excited!
Dead Inside by Chandler Morrison
Speaking of those heavier books, here is one of them! I know very little about this one other than it’s extremely disturbing and dark. I’ve recently read books like Tender is the Flesh, Woom, and a few different books by Eric LaRocca, so I feel like I can probably handle this one. I’m going to go into this one blind, and I’m really excited for this super short novella!
Devil House by John Darnielle
Again, I’m a big fan of haunted house books so this one sounds really intriguing. I read the first few pages on the kindle sample and then immediately bought the hardcover to read fully. This follows a true crime writer who was offered the chance to move into a house known as “The Devil House” so he can research and write a story about the house and it’s history. There was a pair of murders that happened in the 1980s, but the story ends up leading back to him in some way. This was published earlier this year and I haven’t really heard anyone talk about it, so I can’t wait to see what I think!
The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie
So we know I like haunted house books, but I’m also a fan of books about cults! It’s so fascinating to me to see what leads someone to join or start a cult. This book is about three people who survived a cult’s last days as children on an isolated mountain. One survivor commits suicide which prompts the others to get together, and start to question everything that happened when they were children. I don’t know much of what happens after that but I’m very interested, and it’s published by Redhook whose books I generally like quite a bit so I’m excited to read this one!
What books are you looking forward to read in October?