Wrap-ups & TBR

🍂 HUGE OCTOBER TBR 🍂 Spooky reads and most anticipated releases!

me: *looks at the 20 books on my tbr for October*

me: *yelling at myself with a megaphone* WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU LIKE THIS?

Hello, friends! First of all, I’d like to formally call myself out for always planning an unrealistically humongous tbr and inevitably setting myself up for failure, only to then wallow miserably in my disappointment…..then doing it all over again because mama truly raised a dumbass! But I figured, since no dead ancestor has appeared (yet) in the sky to stop me, it can’t be that bad of a decision, now can it?

Last month, it seemed I’ve dropped my motivation to read and lost every desire to pick it up. In my defense, being an immigrant student proved to require a frustratingly huge amount of time spent on PAPERWORK and SENDING GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT EMAILS TO ADULTS. Not my idea of fun. Thus, I’ve only managed to read 7 books (excluding, of course, the 125436 fanfics and headcanons that got me through each day.)

This month, I’m determined to get my shit together because new releases keep coming out and they really do not stop! So without further ado, let’s jump right in!

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 ➵ The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve actually started this book and I’m quite loving it! I mean, come on, the concept of being possessed by a demon who speaks exclusively Shakespearean sounds pretty lit. I’d walk everywhere talking to it like, “ho th’re, demon! t’s me, thy boy!” Plus, if you’ve told me I would actively enjoy the perspective of a sarcastic 12 years old in thrall to an ancient demonic entity…..nevermind, that actually sounds like something that’s firmly inside my circle of interests lol.

 ➵ The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

This was blurbed as “a dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.” I didn’t even have to read the rest, I hit that buy button so fast I gave myself a whiplash.

 ➵ The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

You know what’s really fun and in style right now? retellings of old famous tales but focusing the spotlight on the lives of the women in them and carving more spaces for their stories. I’m so here for this.

 ➵ Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Here’s what I know about this book: it’s a middle-grade ghost story and it’s written by Katherine Arden. I didn’t really need much persuasion after that.

➵ If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

The combination of Shakespeare and horror and villainy appeals to me on a deep (dark)  spiritual level so it was about time I picked up this book!

➵ Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire 

I actually finished this and if you want to contact me, please reach out to my spirit via astral projection whilst I’m daydreaming about finding my own doorway into a magical realm and kicking off a series of events that will eventually lead me into an eery boarding school with oddball people from different ethnicities and with differing sexual orientations!


➵ A Very Large Expanse of The Sea by Tahereh Mafi

So this book is about the post-9/11 life of a Muslim Hijabi teen who starts her own breakdancing crew and falls in love, and it also tackles issues of islamophobia, racism and xenophobia? Wow. I didn’t know I was crying on the 16th of October but I guess I can fit it into the schedule!

➵ The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

A 19th century mafia story featuring a genderfluid shape-shifter and a queer romance? Holy shit! I think I just breathed out my kidneys!

➵ Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie Mclemore

The sentence-level beauty of Anna-Marie Mclemore’s stories evokes such pleasing sensations that my depression would be completely cured for the duration of my reading so you bet I can’t wait for this book!

➵ Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Well. Life sucks but at least there’s this book about bi boys and plus-size ace girls teaming up to achieve the impossible that I can look forward to.

➵ Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black

Another novella I finished. This was kind of a letter written from Taryn to Jude, only reinforced the conviction I’ve settled into after reading The Cruel prince: Taryn and Locke can–let me rephrase this as eloquently as I can–eat shit.

➵ Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa

So many Asian inspired fantasy novels are coming this year and I’m so excited! I’ve personally never read anything by Kagawa before but so many of my friends enjoyed this book so…let’s do this!


➵ Pulp Fiction by Robin Talley

a queer historical fiction that’s “a celebration of 1950s lesbian pulp fiction? SIGN ME UP IMMEDIATELY.

➵ Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu

I’m always on the look out for books delving into the murky waters of mental health and this sounded pretty promising!


➵ An Absolutely Remarkable thing by Hank Green

Not to start a family feud but since I’ve grown tired with John Green romanticising the white heterosexual nerd’s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, I’m curious to see what his brother does in this book 🤔

➵ A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I heard so much praise for Jason Reynolds’ haunting and powerful use of verse and poetry and I’m so looking forward to reading it!

➵ The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 

ASIAN INSPIRED NOVEL SLASH MAGICAL REALISM! Also, this is a buddy read with Fadwa @  I’M SO READY!!


➵ The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

An empowering feminist contemporary celebrating women and featuring a self-proclaimed fat girl, an Aspergers girl, a latinx queer girl, a closeted transgirl, a conservative girl, and a black girl? I am so here for this.

➵ The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I don’t know how I’ve waited so long to read this, especially when I know pretty much everything there is to know about Wilde’s *wild* life. So this is me making the ghost of Oscar Wilde proud of me. (I’ve started reading this alreayd and it’s so gay I’m thriving)

➵ Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

I actually finished this book a couple days ago and oh my God! Who let me get so emotionally invested in this book that not only was I incapable of putting it down but I also wanted to flip back to its first chapter as soon as I had read the last line?? IT WAS SO GOOD.

Aaaaand, that’s it, friends! What are some of YOUR most anticipated releases for this month? Any spooky reads you guys have planned 👀?

29 thoughts on “🍂 HUGE OCTOBER TBR 🍂 Spooky reads and most anticipated releases!

    1. Also, be careful with Astonishing Color of After. It has a lot of mental health themes. It was really triggering for me so be warnedd… Otherwise enjoy. It’s a great book

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    1. HELL YEAH!!! these are all some of my most anticipated aahh I can’t wait to share the experience of reading them with you 💕💞💓💘💖

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  1. Great intro and interesting TBR – 20 books is possible, if you do absolutely nothing else. Unfortunately writing grammatically correct emails to adults doesn’t end even when you become one of those adults who expect to receive grammatically accurate emails…sorry.


  2. Omg I do the same thing basically every month, my tbrs are so ambitious 😂😂 it’s why I went to a seasonal tbr to experiment this time around. I love Foolish Hearts too! Good luck on finishing all these books 😊

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    1. Thank you so much 💘 I hope I get to at least read half of them but ahh so many great releases are coming out and not enough time I’m going to SCREAM

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  3. Love this post, Em!! You’ve got some great books here ❤️ My anticipated releases this month are The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (I received my preorder of it on Tuesday, and I’m LOVING it already), and What if It’s Us. ☺️ And omg I’m so happy you enjoyed Foolish Hearts! I read it last week and loved it as well!! It was such a cute and lighthearted contemporary; it made my heart so full and so happy. 💞


    1. omg those are one of my favorite releases of this year and I hope you LOVE them 💕 Foolish Hearts was so wholesome it flooded my heart with joy ahhh!!

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  4. Every Heart a Doorway and Foolish Hearts are so!! good!!

    i’m glad you already read and liked both b/c tbh if you hadn’t i’d have to call the authorities (for your own safety)


  5. hell yes at this ENTIRE post. Imagine Us Happy is the fucking best, Brilliant Death is good, Dark Descent is GREAT, we love Foolish Hearts, and also you should be reading the sequels to Every Heart a Doorway asap

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