• Shea Simmons

October TBR 2019

Hello, October, and still hello to 90 degree temperatures in Atlanta. Despite the fact that summer is still in full swing down south, I'm feeling all the fall vibes, embracing everything spooky season has to offer, and getting back on my reading game. Say hello to my October TBR.

This month, I'll be focusing quite a bit on few new YA releases, and I'm not mad about it. Do I have an entire book cart full of older novels that I need to read? Yes. Do I care? No. Fall and winter 2019 have some of my most anticipated reads of 2019, and I'm going to read them. Let's be honest, life is too short to not read what you want.

What's on my October to-be-read list? I'm narrowing my focus to split my time between reading and writing, but here's what I've got.

1. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake's Five Dark Fates is the final book in the Three Dark Crowns series, and while I'm sad to see these novels end, I'm so ready for this novel. I've actually already started reading this book from my TBR, and so far, so good. Given that this is the series' fourth novel, I've got some seriously high hopes.

If you haven't begun the series yet, go for it. While there are tons of incredible new release coming in the fall and winter, this is a series that I believe will stand the test of time (here's looking at you, Gemma Doyle Trilogy). With magical sisters destined to kill one another, a kingdom at risk, and several romances, you need these books in your life.

Get Five Dark Fates here.

2. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Did you here my audible sigh through your computer screen? Yeah, I thought so. Like Five Dark Fates, Rainbow Rowell's Wayward Son is part of a series. The novel follows the original book's (Carry On) Simon Snow and Baz Grimm-Pitch as they make their way to America for a road trip while navigating their romantic and magical (no, really, they're wizards — kind of) relationship.

Wayward Son is ultimately the result of Rowell's novel Fangirl, the story of Cath, an anxiety-ridden college freshman, who finds her life upended when she moves away to attend school with her twin who's more interested than parties than hanging out with her sister. Due to this, Cath delves back into the world of fanfiction writing about her favorite wizard Simon Snow ( low key Harry Potter). Fangirl is one of my favorite novels, and you should certainly read it, but Carry On and Wayward Son are a super meta, tongue-in-cheek (but in a good way) look at fantasy literature.

Get Wayward Son here.

3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

If you are a YA reader and haven't heard of Serpent & Dove, you clearly don't have Instagram or don't follow enough bookstagrammers. This novel is practically everywhere I look right now, and it's no shock as to why. The novel centers on a hate-to-love romance ( thank you, God, for hate-to-love romances) between a witch and a witch hunter, a church-like religious organization hunting down witches, and magical artifacts. Yes, yes it does need to go on your TBR.

I've barely heard a negative word about this novel, and not only does it feature an angsty, magical romance (which I can't get enough of), but with October here and Halloween on the way, but it's also a perfect seasonal read.

Get Serpent & Dove here.

4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Oh, boy, you know that gif of the elderly woman from Titanic saying, "It's been 84 years?" Well, that's how I feel about waiting for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I remember when Bardugo originally announced the premise behind this novel on her Instagram, and I nearly fell out of my chair. The novel follows Alex Stern who is offered a free ride to Yale as long as she takes a mysterious position monitoring the secret societies at the university. Occult activities, scary times, and magic ensue, and I NEED it.

If Bardugo's name sounds familiar, it's because she is predominantly known as a young adult author, as in a best-selling young adult author. Bardugo is the brain behind the Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows duology, and the new King of Scars series. In fact, the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows are being turned into a series for netflix, and the Shadow & Bone cast was just announced.

If, however, you're new to Bardugo and tend to read adult more than YA, Ninth House may be a great place for you to start. Get Ninth House here.

While my October reading list may only be four books long, I'll also be working on my young adult novel during the month and participating in Preptober for the upcoming 2019 Nanowrimo.

What are you reading this month?

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