October Monthly TBR

September, you kind of sucked.

I didn’t have a pretty picture of books last month because I was moving, but here’s the original list with the ones I managed crossed out:

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Empire Falls by John Russo
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
  • Primates by Jim Ottaviani
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

FAIL. This was not a great reading month for me – I read 6 books overall. Between moving, starting at Second Job again, and the honeyman being home more, I just couldn’t focus. It didn’t help that some of the books I was reading were really slow and dragged and I either pushed through it or DNF-ed. Ugh.

So, ONWARDS! I should have a lot more reading time this month, and I’m determined to get back into my reading groove. PLUS Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is on October 12th, and that’s some good motivation. Here’s my October TBR pile…

TBR pile

From left-to-right, then top-to-bottom…

  • The Corrections by Jonathan FranzenAlley’s hosting this readalong, and it’ll be my first Franzen! I foresee lots of snarky posts about this one.
  • Amped by Daniel H. Wilson – Wilson’s books look really interesting to me, and I started reading the first chapter and this seemed cool (and quickly readable, important to me at the moment).
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – The sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora, my favorite read last month and definitely in the top ten for the year.
  • The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow – This is the third Dante Valentine book, should be a fun fluff read.
  • Just Another Judgement Day by Simon R. Green – The 9th Nightside book. I’m almost done with the series! (There are 12 in it.)
  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde – The 6th Thursday Next book. Can you tell I’m trying to catch up on my series reading?
  • Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman – Non-fiction pick that I’m REALLY excited to read. The lovely Ellie sent this to me when I won her Bout of Books challenge!
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – My Classics Club pick for the month, AND one of my RIP VIII reads! So excited for the Wilkie.
  • Horns by Joe HillKayleigh raved about this a while ago, and Alley recently, and the library had it so I grabbed it. Might fit the RIP VIII challenge too.
  • The Universe Within by Neil Shubin – Another non-fic pick, about the relation between our universe’s history and ourselves.
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith – Another RIP VIII read.
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – Black is a pretty popular YA author, and this is about vampires I think, so whatever, I’ll give it a try. It’s gotten decent reviews, and I’m hoping is kind of a quick, fluffy read.
  • The Returned by Jason Mott – I don’t know if this counts as paranormal or just as literary fiction, but it’s about loved ones who have died returning as if they never left. Cool premise, and I’ve heard a lot of great things.


That’s 13 books in total… which is actually pretty manageable. And I think I have a good mix here – lots of sci-fi/fantasy, some appropriately spooky or paranormal books for the Halloween spirit, some non-fic… this is a very Sarah-friendly pile. I’m so psyched to just sit around my house and get started.

Have you read any of these? What books are hoping to get to this month?







  1. Bloody nora! That’s a big book pile for the month… And ACTUALMENT I think you did pretty darn good this month, especially given that Locke Lamora’s a biggie AND YOU WERE MOVING. *claps Sarah heartily on the back and goes back up to look at the booky photo again*

    I’d be a leeeeeetle bit tempted to nick The Corrections from the shop and read along if I didn’t have so many awesome books I actually WANT to read this autumn. Sorry Franzen… YAY BOOK WINNING! I miiiiiight start The Woman in White, or I might join the readalong for The Moonstone, I haven’t decided yet. I should read some Wilkie, right? (QUIET LAURA!) I super want to read Horns and may yet attempt to coerce my mother into allowing me to buy it in the airport on Wednesday. Like I need any more. WANT TO READ THE COLDTOWN BOOK SO BAD! I nearly ordered The Returned the other day because it sounds so interesting, so… y’know, I’ll watch for a review of that one.

    I think that’s everything! NOW GET READING WOMAN! 😀


    1. You should TOTALLY read some Wilkie soon! I already read The Moonstone and it was great. I can’t wait to dive into all these books!! Wish I didn’t have to work at Second Job today or that’s totally what I’d be doing.

      And I used the word “totally” twice here. I think I need some sleep.


  2. 6 books is my average a month *cough* 😀 Only read Wilkie out of the October bunch and is so good, needless to say, but I also am interested in Horns, kinda, maybe some day… Happy reading month 🙂


    1. I know 6 is actually pretty good, but I’ve been averaging like 10 a month so it felt like not a lot. And I kept trying to read, but would get sick on books I wasn’t enjoying. It was frustrating. So yay for October!!


  3. So many good books on your October list! There are a lot of good read-a-longs popping up in the blogosphere these days. I’m tempted to join all of them, but remember my reading mojo is lacking so I’m staying out for the time being. Dewey’s is going to be so much fun!


  4. What a stack! I’ve been avoiding Franzen because everything he says in a public forum makes him sound like an insufferable douchebag… I’m looking forward to reading your posts though. I love it when you get snarky!


  5. Yay Corrections. Oh man, we will defeat Franzen with our snark! And also hopefully will enjoy the book but you know, the snark is just as important.

    Can’t wait to see your thoughts on…well a lot of these actually. But right now I’m going to focus on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter cos it seems like one that you would enjoy and I hearted it.


  6. ARRRRRGH, everyone is reading Joe Hill right now and I think I need to get in on the action! But but but Stephen King I must also read you… I don’t know.

    YAY also for The Woman in White (obvvvs) And The Corrections readalong! It’s going to be fun. Even if the book sucks, it won’t suck! This is something I learnt when I readalonged The Help…


    1. Aww, I kinda liked The Help. Although I don’t remember much about it now… so I guess it wasn’t as good as I remember?

      If you read Joe Hill it’s KINDA like reading Stephen King, cause you know, it’s the same genetics… Win!


  7. Woman, you were so busy in September! So you didn’t read 100 books, you had STUFF going on 😀 It’s all good.

    I’ve read two of the books from your Oct. list. The Returned and The Corrections. I really liked The Returned. I think I liked The Corrections? It’s been so long that I don’t remember, ha.


    1. Yay I’m glad you liked The Returned! I’m about 50 pages into it so far, so I don’t know what to think yet.

      Not remembering The Corrections is more promising than knowing that you hated it! I’ll take it.


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