A new month and a new list of reading hopefuls
Happy Saturday, book friends! I recently learned about something called Blogtober, where bloggers try to create new content every day for the month of October. As you may know about me, I love a good monthly challenge almost as much as I love not successfully completing them.
Is that going to stop me from trying to tackle Blogtober? Nope! I’m going to do what I can to churn out bookish goodness every day for the month of October!
As is tradition, October 1st brought you the monthly reading recap where I went over the best books I read last month.
Today, I’m doing something a little bit different and attempting to assemble an October TBR. TBR, if you didn’t know, stands for “to be read.” Some folks in the online book community post monthly lists of the books that they plan to read in a given month. I, on the other hand, tend to float sporadically from book to book, so I’m not in the practice of planning out my reading.
But, in the spirit of spooky season, I have a handful of titles I want to work into the month while the witching is wild.
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The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith
In 1911 New York City, seventeen-year-old Frances Hallowell spends her days as a seamstress, mourning the mysterious death of her brother months prior. Everything changes when she’s attacked and a man ends up dead at her feet — her scissors in his neck, and she can’t explain how they got there.
Before she can be condemned as a murderess, two cape-wearing nurses arrive to inform her she is deathly ill and ordered to report to Haxahaven Sanitarium. But Frances finds Haxahaven isn’t a sanitarium at all: it’s a school for witches.
Even though the synopsis includes two deaths, I still somehow wasn’t prepared for the tone of this one! Witch school gives me the warm fuzzy feelings from my Hogwarts-infused childhood, so it took me by surprise that we literally open with murder.
Once I adjusted to it, the tone feels very right for the month of Halloween / Samhain / general spookiness, so I’m glad this is my first read of the month. I’m looking forward to seeing where it’s going to take me, since it already started off in an unexpected direction!
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Romantic comedy, but make it witchy? Count me all the way in, my friends. Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.
That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.
I’ve been seeing The Ex Hex around but didn’t hear about it early enough to request an ARC, so I preordered my copy and am waiting on shipping to get it to me! Of course, that was before I learned it was a Book of the Month pick for October, so… now I have two copies on the way because I couldn’t resist the BOTM edition.
I expect I’ll pick it up as soon as I finish The Witch Haven since I’m so excited for it!
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
You can’t expect me to see a book with a cover this gorgeous and not want to read it. Plus, it’s got a blurb from one of my favorite writers, Emily Henry.
I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of Payback’s a Witch yet, but am planning acquire and read it at some point this month to keep with my witch reading theme. Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com by Lana Harper.
Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one — in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.
But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.
With a tagline like that, I’ve got high hopes that this will be the perfect read to round out my magical trio.
If I keep pace from current months I should have space for a few more reads in the mix, but I’m not sure if they’ll follow the witchy trend or if I’ll be in the mood to pick up something different in between all this magical fun.
Either way, October promises to be a magical month of reading! Do you have big plans for this month’s reads? I’d love to hear all about them!
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