I have been suffering a massive reading slump that started at the beginning of the summer. I briefly recovered for a few books before falling right back into said massive slump. That being said, I’m hoping to FULLY recover and dive into some books within this upcoming month of October.
Here are some of my October TBR picks:
- The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson
This is the book that I’m currently reading right now. It’s been taking me quite a while due to the slump, as well as school starting, but I am finally making progress in it!
The book is about a girl, Rory Deveaux, from Louisiana who transfers to a boarding school in London. It sounds like a typical Young Adult contemporary novel. However, when she arrives, London is experiencing serial murders that seem to be a mimick of the Jack the Ripper murders. There are no leads and no witnesses, until Rory spots the main suspect. The only problem is she is the only one who can see him.
So there’s definitely some paranormal aspects to this YA novel. I’m only about a quarter of the way into it, so we’ll see how it is!
2. Drums of Autumn, by Diana Gabaldon
I am a die-hard, 100% lover of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. If you haven’t picked this up yet, or even seen the show on Starz, well, then I am very sorry. This series is filled with factual history, action, romance, violence and brutality, wit, charm, magical realism… anything you could possibly want in a book, it’s in there. It’s so amazing, and the show is so good; I can’t possibly wait for the second season to come out next year!
I have been taking a really long time to get through this series. I first read Outlander while I was vacationing in Hawaii in the summer of 2014. This was before the show premiered that fall. In my defense, these books are extremely lengthy. Each book after the first installment are over 1,000 pages each, and they are really packed with historical information, so I found that I needed a mental break after each one.
Drums of Autumn is the fourth installment in this (so far) eight book series. I don’t want to give too much of the synopsis away because it would be a definite spoiler for those unfamiliar with the series, so I’ll give a broad synopsis of what Outlander is all about:
Claire Randall is a former combat nurse from WWII, and the year is 1945. She and her husband, Frank, have been apart and head off to Inverness, Scotland for a sort of second honeymoon to reconnect with each other. While there, Claire happens upon a stone circle called, Craigh Na Dun. She falls through the stone circle and finds herself in Scotland in the year 1743. Scotland is torn by war with each other and the British. She finds herself in circumstances that bring her alongside Scottish highlander, warrior, and gentleman, James Fraser. She is torn on whether to stay in 1743, or try to find her way back to Frank in 1945.
The series is fantastic, and I highly recommend it!
*WARNING: The Outlander series is an adult series and has very mature content. DO NOT READ if you are NOT comfortable with mature topics, such as sex, violence, and rape.
3. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
I consider Kahlil Gibran to be one of favorite writers ever. The first book that I read by Gibran was The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart, actual tears formed in my eyes due to the pure beauty and brilliance of his writing. I would categorize Gibran’s work as prose poetry depicting his philosophical insight on life, love, and the soul. His words are so calming, which is perfect for this month because I am going through so much stress; it’d be nice to find some solace in Gibran’s words.
4. Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what this book is about. I know it’s a high fantasy young adult novel, but that’s about it. However, I’ve heard so many good things about this series via Booktube and Bookstagram and felt compelled to give it a try.
The synopsis on the back of the book says:
“In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve as the King’s Champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival – and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”
We’ll see how this one goes!
5. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown
This another book that I don’t really know much about, but have heard so many great things in the Booktube and Bookstagram communities, so I decided to pick it up. The synopsis given on the back is super vague and says:
“His wife taken. His people enslaved. Driven by a longing for justice and the memory of lost love, Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if he must become one of them to do so. For the first time, Red will rise.”
So, my attention was definitely piqued by this description, and I was so happy that they kept it vague and didn’t give too much away like so many synopses do. It does sound like a fantasy/dystopian novel, and I believe it may be classified as Young Adult, although I’ve heard that it does read as an Adult novel as well. Regardless, this is one I’m really looking forward to!
6. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
This book is so famous, I probably don’t even have to say anything about it, but I will anyway.
I’d be lying if I said Lana Del Rey didn’t inspire me to read this novel. The singer (one of my all-time favorites) seems to have a fixation with the story and incorporates many of its themes, lines, and even its title within the lyrics of many of her songs. In addition to LDR, being an English major, it’s somewhat of a sin that I haven’t read this famous novel yet.
Lolita is told through the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a man who has a pedophilic, obsessive love for pre-adolescent and “nymphet,” Dolores Haze. The back of the book describes it as “a meditation on love – love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.”
I have seen the 1997 film adaption by director, Adrian Lyne, and really enjoyed the story and the controversial subject matter. Why the hell not read the book, right?
Well, there you have it. It’s a pretty ambitious TBR list for someone trying desperately to get out of a reading slump, but goals are good!!
(Now that I think of it, I should’ve added some Halloween-themed books!)
Leave a comment and let me know: What’s on your TBR for the month of October?
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