September hasn’t really been a good month for me when it comes to reading, I was only able to finish Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I started reading The Poppy War (Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang right after and I am still currently reading it. I am enjoying it a lot, but I’ve also been suffering from a lot of migraines the past couple of days that it was really hard for me to do some reading. I also had some deadlines for work, so there you go. Reasons.
Anyway, I will keep trying to set TBRs every month until I get used to it. Haha I really need to do this despite being a mood reader because I have acquired a lot of books since March and I really need to put a dent on my physical pile.
October is Halloween month and I am so excited to read strange, creepy, and atmospheric books! Although, I have some carry-over books from last month, my plan is to read at least one book from the mystery, thriller, OR horror genre. So without further ado, let’s dive right in to the books I’m planning to read this month:
- The Poppy War (Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang
As I’ve mentioned at the start of this post, I’m still reading The Poppy War, so I’m hoping to finish it already by Sunday. For those of you who do not know, The Poppy War is a grimdark fantasy novel inspired by the historical events of the Sino-Japanese war and weaves the fantastical elements of magic, mythology, shamans, and gods with the depiction of the realities of war. I absolutely loved Rin’s arc and how throughout the first part of the book, we see her struggles of being a war-orphan who was left in the care of the Fangs who doesn’t even like her in the first place. Instead of being reckless for vengeance, she struggled to work hard to achieve a spot at Sinegard where she will be trained to be a soldier for Nikara and finally leave Tikany behind.
I’ll probably write a full-on series review once The Burning God is out.
- Physik (Septimus Heap, #3) by Angie Sage
If you are following me on Instagram and Goodreads, you’d probably know that I’ve been reading this series since the quarantine started. It’s a middle-grade fantasy series that is filled with so much fantastical and magical elements into it. There are ghosts, dragons, witches, spells, boggarts, sailing ships, and secret doors and cupboards! It’s been quite an adventure with these characters and I don’t know why I’ve only started reading this series now that I am, well, 26 years old. Haha
I am really looking forward to reading this one for a fun and cute fantasy read, because I’ve read two dark fantasies in September and it’s been blowing my mind (yes, in a good way, but you get it, I need a breather haha).
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Wilder Girls is a dystopian-mystery-thriller-fantasy-horror novel where a group of girls are quarantined in their school because the Tox, a mysteriously strange “illness” that has been infecting their island home and turning their bodies into such strange and foreign way.
I have honestly been eyeing this book ever since I heard it from a booktuber. It sounds really interesting and, well, creepy, and I am all for it! Not gonna lie, I am a real scaredy-cat, yet I like scaring myself to death. Hahaha
- Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke, Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A.G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, and Cat Winters
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys have been sitting on my shelf since I bought it in 2017 and I really need to start reading it. Haha It’s a collection of short stories from different well-known authors such as Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff, and Marie Lu!
There you have it, my October reading plans. How about you, guys? Any titles you’re looking forward to reading this month?