Hey-o! I is finally back with another post. I really want to upload weekly guys, I really do. I just need to work on my mental health first so I can find the way to post. Today I am going to talk (write?) about my October spooky TBR. It’s a given that not all the books on this list are spooky but I would like to focus on those that are. This month we also got Mental Health Awareness Week so I added some books with these topics. This is the perfect excuse to read books I already love to read. This post is also a bit late for being a TBR but better late than pregnant, I mean later.
I must warn you that I’m definitely not reading every single book that’s on this list but I like to keep my options open. You should see them as options rather than musts. This TBR is full of thrillers which is both exciting and scary because I’m not thriller experienced. There are only four books that I really need to read and that’s because three of them are library loans and one of them is for class. Those are:
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
Zombies, a latina main character, witches, friendship… Do I need to say more? This is the perfect Halloween read and I have heard nothing but fantastic things.
Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.
Eating disorders are something that I’ve always been very interested in, in a nonmorbid way. I just want to understand them a little more. I want to know what’s going inside the head of those who have to live with this and how these affect their bodies. So when I heard about this book I knew I needed to read it. This week is the perfect week to educate myself and what better way than through a good book.
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
Here we got animal to human creatures, a cruel witch, and a murder. I am more than intrigued of where this story will be taken. I don’t think I ever heard of a book where animals are turned human. It’s interesting because we usually see animals personified or humans that turn into animals but never the other way around. It makes me wonder how these humans are different from others and if they have any difference or special trait that differentiates them from the others. This is another spooky read perfect for October. It screams Halloween.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.
Now we got the opposite of Grim Lovelies. Here we got a human that turns into a bug. This book is considered a classic which is why it’s not surprising the fact that I have to read it for class. The reason I have included it on this list versus the other assigned readings it’s that I have read this book before and I truly enjoyed it. I actually want to listen to the audiobook because there’s one version narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch and I just NEED it in my life. Also, there’s something kind of spooky about waking up only to discover you’re now a giant bug.
Now the first book on the list of books that I want to read but won’t necessarily get to is
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
It is no secret that Vicious is probably my favorite book of all time so any excuse to reread it is a good one. In this case, the reason why I decided to reread it is that Vengeful, the sequel, came out two weeks ago. I actually already started this book last month for the Emojiathon but didn’t finish it. I am moving surprisingly slow which I am surprised. I was expecting to fly through it like the first time but this time I keep picking other books so I read it small chunks at a time. Here we got two villains, a bunch of morally grey characters, people with powers, death, and revenge. I mean if this doesn’t scream spooky to you then none of the other books on this list will.
I actually wrote a review for it but I don’t dare to reread it just in case it’s cringy but in case you’re interested here it is.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
So I am not sharing the synopsis just because like I mentioned before it is a sequel but let’s just assume it’s fantastic. I actually haven’t read the synopsis just because I want the book to surprise me like I am sure it will do. I honestly hope I finish Vicious this month just because I really want to read Vengeful but not without rereading Vicious first.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
I found out about this book thanks to a book club I once in a while participate in and honestly I was automatically drawn to it. I don’t know why because I’m not a huge sci-fi reader but I just knew I needed to read it. It just calls me. I guess I’m in the mood for a sci-fi. I decided I am going to listen to the audiobook because I heard that it has a full cast and sound effects and it just sounds like the kind of audiobook that I am in dire need of. Also, can we talk about the cover? Most covers on this list are gorgeous but there is something about this one that makes me think that this will just be refreshing to read/listen.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
I knew I needed to read this book the moment I read the first sentence. “This is how I kill someone” HOLY CRAP! Let’s reread that. “This is how I kill someone” JESUS! This is not something you normally read on a YA book. We read of other people getting murder and you’re trying to figure out who did it but not someone being this straightforward about it. Also, every single person I heard mentioned this book has said that it’s fantastic. I got it for my birthday and when I was walking with it at the bookstore people kept stopping me to let me know how good it is. October is the month for thriller and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. Nothing like murder to spook you.
Paperweight by Meg Haston
Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.
Another book to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. Another eating disorder one. This one, if I’m not mistaken, I heard is a pretty accurate representation of it so this makes me even more excited to read this particular one. It’s also 288 pages so it’s short enough that I might be able to fit it in. There are just way too many books I want to read this month.
Tomahawks and Tembleque
Starting over, the dream of many and the reality of a few.
Abigail Echevarría flies from the warmth of the Caribbean to the cold land of Canada in search of fortune. Challenging herself to find a job in thirty days, Abigail wants to become the designer of her destiny–and throw away her return flight ticket. She thinks she has it all figured out. That is until a handsome Native American crosses her path and shakes off her plans with a hair flip.
Oz Blackmane is living a life he doesn’t want. He has a stable job, a loving family and his whole life its ahead of him. Nevertheless, he feels like something is missing. Not wanting to return to his old habits, Oz finds a breath of fresh air in an awkward girl he saw a streetlight. Maybe, Abigail is exactly what Oz needs to get out of his rut.
Resilient to fall in love, Abigail soon discovers that resisting the charms of sexy and determined Oz its easier said than done.
Shout out to my friend Milady Zafiro for publishing her first novel. I am so excited! I am finally starting this book! THIS IS THE MONTH! I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. Well, actually I must say I already started it this month and even though I am not a huge fan of romance books I am loving it. I might be slightly biased but I’ve found it hilarious. I mean we got an afro-latina who’s Puerto Rican and a Native American as main characters. TALK ABOUT REPRESENTATION! I usually don’t share links of the books I talk about but I’m making an exception this time. Please check out her book! Support a self-published author. The Kindle version is only $2.99. If you’re interested use the link because I couldn’t find it on Amazon by the name so using the link will make your life easier. I don’t get anything by you using it. I’m just looking to make your life easier and support a dear friend.
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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
This synopsis got me going all “oooh.” I am the worse when it comes to predicting how books turn out so I don’t do it but this book makes me want to try. Challenge accepted! I keep buying thriller books and never reading them but I really want to. This book seems so good and it’s October. Let’s hope I get to it.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.
When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Another thriller but this one is one I’ve seen everywhere. It’s everywhere on BookTube and I have not heard a single bad thing about it. I have heard that it’s full of triggers so if you’re worried about it then you might need to check that out. Fair warning these are probably spoilers so have that in mind. I am actually so excited for this one and I hope it’s one of the few I actually will finish this month. Everyone I’ve heard talk about this book mentions the audiobook and apparently it’s like Sleeping Giant in the sense that it has sound effects and a full cast. You know what that means? Yes, I am definitely choosing the audiobook route for this one.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.
Another book I’ve heard nothing but good things about. This story is one that I just know will grab me from page one. If I’m not mistaken it has two timelines at the same time which makes me kind of nervous because I get easily confused but I am still so hyped about it. This is just one of the book I need to read on this month of Halloween.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
I must say I am not that excited to read this book. Even though I heard fantastic things about it. I don’t have a specific reason why. I’m just not really excited about it. Then why is it on your TBR, Wilmarie? Well, this is one of Bookmark’s book club book of the month and I really want to go to it with my dearest friend John from John’s Tainted Fantasy. There just something about discussing a book with a friend and others and then being able to ask the author about it. It’s an amazing experience.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…
This is a modern classic but I just recently discovered it which makes no sense. So this is the perfect halloweenie story. By reading the synopsis I feel this embodies Halloween, therefore, I need to read it this month.
So this is my October Spooky TBR. Again, I might not read all of these books or any of them but I would love to try. I might also read other books that aren’t on this list because I’m an expert at not following my TBR so maybe I should do an October wrap up post. We’ll see. Well, that is all for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what book or books are on your October TBR.