Monthly TBR – October 2023

A new month means it is time for a new TBR. I’ve continued to split things into a ‘need to read’ pile and a possibility pile for mood reading. I’m sure I’ll probably also read stuff that isn’t listed anywhere in this post, as well, but these are the books I’d definitely like to get to this month.

Need to Read

I have a few ARCs to read this month, as well as some library books. I’ve also included some new releases I’m excited to read. I’ve left three spaces blank for books that fit a particular challenge: TBR tin, series read, and re-read. I’m not picking the books in advance because I almost always seem to want to read something other than what I’ve chosen for them, especially for the series and re-read challenges. So, I plan to just fill them in as I go along. My TBR tin pick will be announced on Instagram & Bluesky later this evening. It’s a new thing I’m doing where I will be picking an unread special edition book at random from my shelves. My special editions always seem to get shoved off for the future, and I have a backlog of approximately 50 of them to read.

This is a rare month where I’m currently still reading several books that I started last month. I’m usually pretty good about wrapping things up right on time at the end of the month and getting a fresh start, but not this month. So, I still need to finish The Magicians by Lev Grossman, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and In These Hallowed Halls by Mary O’Regan & Paul Kane. I’m not including those in my general ‘need to read’ list, though.

Here’s the 7 books I will (hopefully) read for sure this month:

  • 10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall (πŸ“± ARC)
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (πŸ“– owned)
  • Traitor of Redwinter by Ed McDonald (πŸ“± ARC)
  • The Fragile Threads of Power by V. E. Schwab (Libby 🎧)
  • Fall of Ruin and Wrath by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Libby 🎧)
  • Dark Moon, Shallow Sea by David R. Slayton (πŸ“± ARC)
  • Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle (πŸ“– owned)

Possibility Pile

I’ve also made a short list of some books I’m currently in the mood to read. Does this mean I’ll read them this month? I’d like to, but these books are less of a priority than my ‘need to read’ pile. It’s also possible I won’t be in the mood for them anymore when I go to pick a book, but these are the ones I’d want to read if I picked today:

Foul Heart Huntsman by Chloe Gong, Two Twisted Crowns by Rachel Gillig, A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid, The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso, Masters of Death by Olivie Blake

Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you already read them? If so, what did you think? Let me know down in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Monthly TBR – October 2023

  1. Yessss FALL OF RUIN AND WRATH!! I wonder how it’ll be on audio… I forgot to add TWO TWISTED CROWNS to my October TBR, but it’s there in the back of my mind. If one of my library books doesn’t come in I can shift TTC into that spot. And I really like the standard book cover for A STUDY IN DROWNING.

  2. I got a TBR jar and some TBR cards from a book box a couple of years ago and earlier this year I toyed with the idea of trying one of them… But then never got around to it. How did you set up your TBR jar? Did you go by genres or other prompts? I’m looking forward to reading Fragile Threads of Power too and I hope we both enjoy it. Happy reading πŸ˜ƒ

    • For now, my TBR jar just includes my un-read special editions. I have so many Illumicrate, Rainbow Crate, and Owlcrate books that I’ve never touched. They always seem to get shoved off in favor of ARCs and library holds. So, I thought this would be a fun way to make sure I read at least one of them a month (hopefully).

      • Oh, that actually sounds amazing! Especially because I’m much the same for these books. I’ve been thinking about doing a month long challenge or something next year to get them read cos otherwise I fear they’ll just end up sitting unread forever πŸ˜‚

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