I am so excited for this TBR because all of these books will put me in the Halloween spirit. And for some reason, I’m even more excited for Halloween this year than any other previous years. I don’t know why. Maybe because I get to watch all the Halloween movies; maybe it’s because there’s a Halloween update in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that is getting me excited. Or maybe it’s just that it’s finally fall, and I can enjoy the crisp weather under some blankets with a hot cup of coffee or tea while either reading, playing Animal Crossing, or watching Halloween movies.
All of these books are spooky in some way. But I’m not a fan of horror, so the extent of the spookiness is just kind of creepy or eerie. Nothing that will keep me up at night or give me nightmares. I honestly don’t understand how people could read or watch those types of things for fun.
I don’t have a lot of books on this list, mainly because I don’t want to pressure myself to read a lot. I have other things that I want to do too this month, including a couple month-long drawing prompts I found on Instagram. I really want to do more drawing and get better at that, so there might be quite a few audiobooks in my wrap up at the end of October.
But anyway, let’s get onto the books I’ll be trying to get to this month!
Another month has gone by. We’re now in the last quarter of 2020. What a weird year it has been. And I’m still shocked at how fast it went by. Which I feel like I’ve said in every wrap up I’ve done this year. That, and how quickly this month in general has gone by.
I feel like this month I did pretty well with my reading, but then again, I also feel like it wasn’t one of my best reading months. I read a total of 6 books this month, though I’m currently in the middle of a 7th which I’m not sure I’ll finish by the end of the month.I’m writing this a couple days before the month actually ends — it’s possible that I might fly through the rest of the book by October 1st. But no promises.
A majority of the books that I read this month were actually ebooks, which kind of surprised me. I thought I’d have another month of audiobooks. But either way, most of the books that I read I had given at least 4 stars and really enjoyed.
I wasn’t necessarily tagged to do this tag, but I love fall, and I’ve been wanting to do a fall book tag. Since it’s officially fall, I figured it was time. I originally saw this tag over at The Awkward Book Blogger, so if you aren’t following her blog, go do that because she has some amazing content.
This tag definitely got me in the fall mood, and now I want to curl up with a hot cup of coffee, a cozy blanket and a good book.
I figured I’d share the most recent books that I’ve bought, and I thought I might do something similar in the future when I buy a handful of books. And I think I’m going to stick to physical books and ebooks only because I don’t buy those types of books that often. And every so often, I want to treat myself to some books, ya know?
I was planning on doing this post on Wednesday, but I wasn’t reading anything then. And honestly, at that time, I wasn’t in the mood to read anything for some reason. But then I watched a BookTube video by Riley Marie (check out her channel; it’s amazing), which sparked my interest in so many new books that I didn’t have on my TBR. It was centered around fall book recommendations, and a lot of the books she mentioned I was immediately interested in reading. They were exactly what I didn’t know I was in the mood to read.
Needless to say, I added a many books to my TBR, and one of them I decided to pick up right away since it was pretty short. And the concept really intrigued me.
With the beginning of the school year upon us, I figured it’d be fun to discuss some required books that you might have had (or do have) to read in school. Personally, there were many books that I was required to read in school that I just wasn’t a fan of. But then again, I wasn’t a big reader when I was in middle school. It wasn’t until high school when I became the reader I am now. But I decided to discuss the required books that I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy while I was in school since it’s been a while since I’ve been in school. Which reminds me how old I am and how long it’s been since I actually had required reading.
I just want to preface this by saying that some of these books are classics and pretty well loved. When I read them, I was a teenager, and I didn’t really like classics. I did enjoy some of them, but I just want to mention that these are my personal opinions and don’t necessarily reflect the quality of these books. Also, I’m not going to go into too much detail about these books since they’re well known, and I feel like a lot of people know of them and even have read many of them in school.
But without any further ado, let’s get onto the books! They’re not in any particular order.
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
I know that it’s not quite fall yet, but I figured I’d plan out some books that I want to read during this cozy season. I’m not sure about any of you guys, but I’m a mood reader. And during the fall, I’m usually in the mood to read fantasy books, especially ones with a lot of atmosphere and magic. Basically anything that feels magical and whimsical while I’m reading but also takes place in another world other than our own. Something that I can curl up with under a warm blanket while drinking some sort of hot beverage.
Also, being that Halloween is in this season, I want to read some spooky books. Nothing too scary; I’m not really into horror novels. But anything that’s creepy and spooky is fine. I just want to feel like I’m in the Halloween spirit. I tend to do that in October; I’ll watch or read anything that is kind of spooky or creepy. I especially like watching Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline. Those tend to be my go-to’s, but there are so many good Halloween movies.
I’m not going to go into too much detail about each book, but I’ll do something similar to my Summer Reading Plans where I list the books I plan on reading. But let’s get onto the books!