I decided that I want to try posting monthly lists of the books I plan to read. I may be getting ahead of myself, since my reading preferences changes based on books I find available at the library. But I figure that if I start making a list of books I want to read, then maybe I’ll actually stick to it and attempt to lower my TBR count (which is turning into a mountain of books!)
I’ve heard about most of these books through the book blogging community, and therefore are recommendations by other readers. But some of them are books that I’ve discovered at the library and just seemed to catch my eye. Regardless, here goes nothing!
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
I wanted to start October off with a bang, and what better way to do that than with a nonfiction account of the Salem Witch Trials?? It’s the perfect start to a creepy, horror-filled month, and I can’t wait to crack it open!
Final Girls by Riley Sager
This one seems like a lot of fun. It takes its name from slasher films: only one final girl remains, steadfast, against a brutal killer. This book brings together the story of multiple final girls, who have all managed to survive a massacre each. Fast forward a few years, and the nightmare begins all over again. I love a good slasher film, so this book definitely intrigues me!
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
I found this book because of #bookstagram on Instagram, and I’m SO excited to get my hands on a copy! The cover itself is stunning and eerie, and the story is so fitting for the Halloween season. The whole book takes place over 24 hours, and a seemingly perfect couple are put to the test through rising doubts and betrayals.
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
This was another #bookstagram find, and the cover again is quite breathtaking. Purple is absolutely my favorite color! Kate Moretti is said to be quite the writer, and this will be my first book by her. From Goodreads, “In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.”
The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
For this one, I did a search for novels about fire (since October 9th kicks off Fire Prevention week) and came up with this strange story. Set in 1947, two women are left to fend for themselves and their children while their firefighting husbands try to maintain a deadly, town-wide fire. As the significant other of a fireman myself, I really felt drawn to the synopsis. And again, that cover!
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Are you sensing a theme, here?? My library had this book on the shelf and I was instantly struck. For the same reasons as The Stars are Fire, I had to check it out. It’s definitely not what I was thinking it would be, but in a good way! A post-apocalyptic outbreak of spontaneous combustion brings civilization to its knees, but the man only known as the Fireman has managed to fight it. And the best part? Joe Hill, the author, is Stephen King’s son! The apple definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree.
So there you have it: my October TBR pile. I would LOVE to be able to read more books, but this is a guide that I’m hoping I’ll at least be able to stick to. What are you hoping to read this month?