I almost feel like I’ve been waiting for this month all year. I keep looking at books I want to read, and if they’re spooky, I’ll say “I’m going to read this in October!” Well, October is here, and I do have a bit of a spooky line-up planned out. I’m looking forward to this month’s reads and I hope that they all meet my expectations!
| My Reading Goals |
Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2020
All Hail the House Gods by Andrew J. Stone: This book fulfills the “horror book published by an Indie press” prompt. I’ve not read a lot of horror, and I don’t really read things published by Indie presses mostly because I don’t come across those publications normally. This book sounds like it’s going to be really weird in addition to being horror. We’ll see how it is. I picked one that’s on the short side, mostly because I am very picky when it comes to horror, and I’m hoping this one doesn’t scare my socks off.
Reading Women Challenge 2020
More Deadly Than Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror edited by Graeme Davis: This book fulfills the “an anthology by multiple authors” prompt. I know there would have been a bonus point for it being curated by a woman, but I’ve been wanting to read this anthology for a while, so I’m giving up on that. And I know, I know, I don’t really read horror, but I am really drawn to gothic horror, and this is an anthology that is full of some really big names by women that I’ve read before, like Louisa May Alcott and Edith Wharton. I’m excited to see what this anthology brings, especially since anthologies really tend to be hit or miss for me.
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2020
Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee: This is a recent publication that came through at work and I instantly added it to my TBR. It’s about two children trying to escape North Korea, totally my thing I like to read about. I knew right away I wanted to read this book sooner, rather than later. I wasn’t able to double up on any of my other reading challenges this month, so I picked this one to fill my YARC prompt. I’m excited to read it. It’s middle grade, so I’m curious to see how the tough subject is handled.
2020 Diversity Reading Challenge
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller: This book I actually have on a couple lists. For the Diversity Challenge, it satisfies the “physical/ sensory/ cognitive/ intellectual/ developmental disabilities” prompt. It also fulfills another Woman Reading Challenge prompt, “a book about a woman who inspires you.” I’ve always found inspiration in Helen Keller. She is mostly known for being deaf, blind, and mute but still being able to communicate, but she did so much during her life outside of that, so I’m looking forward to reading about her accomplishments in her own words.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: I’ve been meaning to read Ruth Ware for a while now. I went so far as to purchase a copy of this book, planning on reading it right away – and it didn’t happen! Well, now I’m getting around to it, finally, because of #startonyourshelfathon, so I have no excuses! I hope it’s as creepy as it sounds, because it’ll fit perfectly with my spooky line-up!
ARC(S) OF THE MONTH
The Code For Love and Heart Break by Jillian Cantor: This book sounds really cool. The main character codes, math is her thing. Both of which are not my thing. I’m excited because the premise of this book is akin to Emma by Jane Austen, in that the Emma of this book creates a dating app with her coding skills that supposedly match people perfectly. (!!)
I was really intrigued by this and by the romance factor, which is with Emma butting heads with her coding club co-president, George, the younger brother of her sister’s boyfriend. It’s like a perfect modern-day take on Emma and I really hope to fall in love with this one!
Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka: This is another YA romance, but the main focus is on Chloe, who discovers she has a serious heart condition that requires a heart transplant. When she gets one, things begin to change for her, particularly she now has an interest in surfing and she keeps having a recurring nightmare about crashing a motorcycle in a tunnel.
I’m really intrigued by books that weave in medical conditions, I don’t know why. This feels like it could be similar to Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott, but I hope it’s not nearly as heart-breaking!
What books are you reading this month?
If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!