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October’s Most Anticipated Books

In lieu of a monthly TBR

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It’s here! The month that sets my heart on fire and turns me into a competitive reading monster on the prowl. I’m doing a total of seven readathons this month.

While books will overlap, I’m not doing a strict TBR. I’m letting the prompts guide me to mood reads that hopefully fit for more than one challenge.

I compare months like this to my husband’s past competitive eating: lightning-fast and hard to capture everything.

In lieu of a TBR, today I’ll be sharing five of the books I can’t wait to crack spines on this month:

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

In my mind, there is no Halloween reading season without the King. I just picked up a copy of his book, Fairy Tale and can’t wait to dive in. However, Full Dark No Stars has been on my reading shelf FOREVER. It’s time to get it down and finally read it. I put this up on a few TBR lists on Discord recently and got the feedback that it’s ”brutal”. Bring it on, it’s the season.

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

When I see a book multiple places online, I usually take note. Although I’m not always able to give in to the popular opinion, this book looks promising. It’s a 2020 Bram Stoker Award winner. It’s also about tradition versus the younger way of doing things, with a clown hungry to defeat all opponents. Sign me up!

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw

I have been saving this book for October. I love all things Nightmare Before Christmas (as multiple coffee mugs, home decor and pieces of clothing can attest.) So, I’m ready for the next chapter of the saga. I’m ready to explore a new world with Sally and Zero.

That being said, I’ve read two of Ernshaw’s books and have mixed reviews- I loved The Wicked Deep but felt very meh about A History of Wild Places. Please, Shea Ernshaw, for the love of everything, please don’t ruin the NBC franchise for me.

Crave/Crush by Tracey Wolff

I read Crave back in July/ early August. It was hard to put down and I loved the Twilight vibes (only the vampires in this one made logical sense… no sparkles)! I would be okay moving on with Crush, except for how many points I can get for various readathons by rereading Crave. So, I’ll be doing that and then adding Crush. I want to know what happens to Jaxson, Grace and everyone else!

If We Were Villians by M. L. Rio

While this book could fit better with the prompts for next month, I still want to get to it. It seems to have the right vibes (Shakespeare, college/dark academia, murder, etc). Plus, it’s a book I acquired last year and never got around to. It’s a book that I really long to get to as well.

Let October Reading Begin!

I plan to kick off October by doing a 30 in 48 reading marathon (30 hours read within 48).

What books are you most excited to get to this month? Are there any readathons/challenges you are participating in? Let me know in the comments.



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Rachella Angel Page

Rachella Angel Page


Writer, wife, lifelong learner. I write about personal development, emotional wellness, relationships and lifestyle. rachellaangelpage@yahoo.com