October TBR: Stretch Goal City

It’s spooky season now. This year, I’m leaning in EXTRA hard to the pumpkins, black cats, and skeletons.

(The election is incoming. Let me have this joy.)

I crafted this overly ambitious October TBR that I almost certainly won’t finish, BUT…what if I did?

Wouldn’t that be sooo spoooky?

Seriously, there are dozens of books on this list, I’ll never finish.


Currently Reading

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I started this book last night and it’s already made me a little bit weepy.

So far, there are lots of ghosts, Lady Death, and a cousin brutally murdered by someone or something.

The main characters hang out in a graveyard.

Lady Death said trans rights.

I hear tell of PITBULLS??

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

The significance of the deer on the cover just hit me. Yikes.

Despite my previous excitement, I’m not really feeling this book.

In the first hundred or so pages, three almost-feral popular girls befriend the school witch.

Some preppy witch hunters just showed up (which I was not expecting at all) and kidnapped the protagonist?

On Twitter, the author revealed plans for at least two sequels.

I don’t know if I can make it through this one.

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

I talked to someone on OkCupid who said they couldn’t sleep for three days after reading this book.

I then went out and bought it because I am a sap.

I think I know what’s going on in the book: protagonist Gyre lied about her qualifications to land a dangerous caving contract. She’s now trapped with a sadistic handler who knows her secret. Also there might be monsters.

The “Tunneler” certainly doesn’t sound promising.


Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

If I never pick up this book, it can’t hurt me.

If you’ve read my other posts, you know Gideon the Ninth slayed me.

I’m not ready for Harrow to do its worst. I haven’t recovered.

Let me live in ignorance a while longer.

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

I love how shiny this book is. I keep waiting for the perfect time to read it and that time is SPOOKY SEASON.

I’m incredibly fuzzy on the details of the plot – I only bought this book because I heard it was sapphic.

Zero regrets.

A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

I know even less about the plot of this book.

The cover is purple, the characters are queer, and there’s an evil-looking cat made of…smoke?

Sounds perfect to me.

Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

I won a copy of this book in a Twitter giveaway and I am STOKED.

To my understanding, it’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” for teenage bisexuals.

Love it. Let me at it.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I reread this book every single year.

Inhabitants of the island of Thisby try to train sea-dwelling murder horses for the annual Scorpio Races. Many riders do not survive.

Training for the races begins on October 1st. The races themselves occur on November 1st.

If I remember to reread this book AND rewatch V for Vendetta before December begins, it will be a true miracle.

Stretch Goals

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

This is the only preorder on my stretch goals list. (The rest are library holds.)

The book ships (I believe) on October 13th.

I legitimately have no idea what this book is about.

I heard there was magic and a queer protagonist.

You may have noticed that I sometimes buy books without adequate research.

I don’t know what to tell you.

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

A Seattle theater troupe performs Macbeth every October. (Probably not this year, though I’ve been wrong before.)

Murder and witches are incredibly atmospheric.

Even though I DID NOT LIKE Hannah Capin’s debut, I want to try her Macbeth-inspired follow-up.

It might help that I’m more familiar with the source material this time around.

Also, this one is more explicitly a revenge story. Legitimately can’t wait.

The Return by Rachel Harrison

The Return by Rachel Harrison

Literally all I know is this book is creepy and everyone dies (probably.)

…is it The Thing?

Is this book The Thing?

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

I just finished and LOVED The Devouring Gray, so reading the sequel became a necessity.

I adore the characters, especially Isaac.

(Surprise, surprise, the angsty bi boi is my fave.)

In this follow-up…something happens, I’m sure. The town still has to contend with the Beast and the kids have to solve the mystery of the town’s founding.

…oh. I just looked a the plot synopsis and an unexpected character takes center stage, it seems.


Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Alternate title: Queer Teen Children of the Corn (Probably)

Something something, the town is evil. It’s possible I’m more interested in the rep and the cover art than the plot.

I’m a little apprehensive about this one – I felt so squeamish reading Rory Power’s debut that I chose to DNF.

I want a good scare, though, so I’ll give this one a shot.

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

I haven’t read this yet and I already have regrets.

My motivation for reading this? Bile fascination.

I believe this book is about MAGA adults and rebellious teens teaming up to defeat an evil clown in their town.

Friends, we can’t let politics drive us apart. There are evil clowns afoot.

President Donald Trump gestures as he stands with Liberty University president, Jerry Falwell Jr., right, during commencement ceremonies at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Meixcan Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I read Signal to Noise, also by this author, and I wasn’t a huge fan.

HOWEVER…Mesican Gothic boasts a creepy manor and uncertain doom.

I’m excited to see how Silvia Moreno-Garcia plays with gothic tropes.

If this book is anything like Beloved, it will be a terrifying ride.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

I’m pretty sure I know where the title comes from and it’s giving this book an extra level of (likely intentional) horror.

Everyone I know on Twitter is reading this book with the lights off and scaring themselves shitless.

I felt left out, so I put this book on hold at the library.

There’s an elk on the cover and, per the synopsis, an entity seeks revenge on four men who did something questionable on an elk hunt.

Is the evil entity a wendigo? Because wendigos are both my biggest fear and my deepest thrill.

Someone tell me if this is a wendigo book.

Wait, don’t tell me.

Actually, do tell me.

Never mind, don’t tell me.


I’m excited about all of them.

Time to talk about skeletons until the clock strikes midnight on November 1st.

Who am I kidding – I’ll still be talking about skeletons then.

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