Sunday 1 October 2017

Planned Reads For October.

I'm not really a fan of the cold weather, but there is something about October that really excites me. It's Halloween month of course, and that always informs my reading! I want to read spooky books with a paranormal twist, and I've got some great options lined up, as well as a few other choices in between!

'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas. This is of course a leftover read from last month that I didn't quite finish in time, but the black cover really fits in anyway! This book covers some very serious issues: namely racism and the #blacklivesmatter movement and I'm all about the #ownvoices representation this book has. It's been on the NYT bestsellers list for so long and I have a really good feeling about it.

'The Elite' by Kiera Cass. Wow, pretty dresses on a cover. Remember when that was a thing? It's really about time I got through some of these old series and I'll admit, I'm using this book to fill a challenge category. That being said it feels like an Autumn read and I did like the first book a lot. Fingers crossed this isn't just 'filler' material.

'Lies We Tell Ourselves' by Robin Talley. So I read Talley's 'As I Descended' in October last year, a retelling of Macbeth which fit perfectly into the month's supernatural theme. There's no paranormal activity to be found in this read but that cover mixed with the American History lesson will no doubt make it a compelling read all the same. Race is a big issue here, but I'm even more excited to see that it's LGBT fiction! Very intriguing!

'The Goblins Of Bellwater' by Molly Ringle. Oh yes. Now we're getting to the spooky stuff. This book is based on Christina Rossetti's poem 'Goblin Market' which I always found very creepy when reading it for school, and the synopsis here sounds really cool! I wanted a little bit of Fantasy before I delve into ghosts and I'm going to get it here I think!

'Glimpse' by Kendra Leighton. This book has been on my list for a ridiculously long time, and it's another one based on a famous poem I read at school: 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. I really liked studying that one so I'm hoping that this will be a good read to get into on a chilly Autumn evening!

'The Woman In Black & Other Ghost Stories' by Susan Hill. 'Spine-chilling' has been used to describe this book, and that's exactly what I'm hoping for when reading it! Obviously I've already read 'The Woman In Black' and I'll most likely skip that one. But as it's one of my favourite ghost stories, I'm excited to get into the 'others' in this collection!

'The Girl In The Tower' by Katherine Arden. I loved reading 'The Bear & The Nightingale' earlier this year, it was a gorgeous re-imagining of Slavic folklore and I imagine it's successor will be no different. There were definitely indicators towards a bigger plot-line in the last book that I want to read about!

'The Hawley Book Of The Dead' by Chrysler Szarlan. Another book that has been on the list for way too long, who doesn't like to read about witches during Halloween month? The cover is really pretty and I'm definitely intrigued by the synopsis. I'm really hoping to plow through these as I'm in for a good reading month if I do!

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