What I’m Reading in October!

Hello my fine-feathered friends. I can’t believe October is upon us! To me it still feels like March and like it’s just the longest March of my life. However, I can see the trees beginning to change and can feel the breeze becoming increasingly brisk. Not only so, but I’m back at school and that’s a big fall mood! While I’m not entirely ready for summer to be gone, I do love autumn. It’s beautiful and colourful and spooky, too! I may not be the best at TBRs, but I do have an idea of what I’m in the mood to read. So, I thought I would tell y’all my plans for what I’m reading in October!

As I mentioned, I’m in grad school currently, and I also have ADHD, which tends to make things take me a bit longer. Because of that, I’ve only selected a few books and don’t know if I’ll even be able to get to all of them! BUT, they are on my mind and seem like good October reading.

This one summer book coverThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Paperback, 319 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by First Second

Okay look, I know this one isn’t super autumnal. It’s a hold over from the summer! I’m about half way through and want to finish it. I just love Tamaki’s graphic novels!

From the publisher:

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.

One by One book cover imageOne by One by Ruth Ware

I adore Ruth Ware! She’s definitely my favourite thriller author currently. I’ve read and devoured every one of her books. My favourite would have to be The Death of Mrs. Westaway so far! This one is an And Then There Were None style mystery-thriller set on a corporate retreat in the French Alps. A bit more wintery than fallish but thrillers will always put me in a spooky mood!

From the publisher:

Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?

When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?

pumpkinheads book coverPumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

This one won a Goodreads choice award last year and just overall looks super cute! It sounds like the perfect fall graphic novel, and I’m super into graphic novels at the moment.

From the publisher:

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

the family upstairs book coverThe Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

I started this one in the summer but wasn’t in a big novel-reading mood. Over the summer I mainly stuck with poetry. I’m looking forward to giving it another go because I’ve heard great things about the author and it sounds right up my alley!

From the publisher:

Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

eloquent rage book coverEloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

I was reading this one when the quarantine set in and had to set it aside for my mental health. For the first few months it was really difficult on my anxiety to face any more upsetting realities at the time. However, now that I’m back on track and back in school this is exactly the kind of thing I want to be reading! I’ve heard really good things about it and women’s rage is a large part of my research interests!

From the publisher:

Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.

Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother’s eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

saga volume 9 book coverSaga Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

I’m sad to finally be almost caught up on all my favourite comic series, including Saga. I love having a huge backlist to be able to binge when the mood strikes. I guess the mood really struck because I’m going to have to start finding some new series (any recs???). If you like comics and somehow haven’t read Saga yet, you need to. They describe it as Romeo and Juliet in space, and that’s pretty accurate. (But also just FYI it would be an R-rated R+J)

From the publisher:

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

songs from under the river book coverSongs From Under the River by Anis Mojgani

Because I’m a poetry nerd, I had to include some in my TBR! This particular poet, Anis Mojgani, I first heard of in a song by one of my favs (Heartbreak Dreamer by Mat Kearney). He reads part of one of his spoken word poems at the end of the song. I immediately became obsessed. I have the title and main refrain from that poem tattooed on my forearm: Shake the dust. I’m looking forward to finally getting into more of his work!

From the publisher:

After six years of touring the country, Anis has combed through out-of-print editions to put together a best-of collection. Popular poems such as “Direct Orders,” “Shake the Dust,” “Here Am I” and more, are collected here alongside lost poems, favorite poems and new, unpublished works.

What are you planning on reading in October? Looking for thrillers? Check out When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole, as well as the thriller archives!