Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well! Today I’m back with my (once again, very sapphic) October TBR, and after last months ridiculous total of books I read, I have set very high goals for this month too (although chances of me completing all of these books are very slim!). If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know your thoughts on them! I’d also love to hear what you’re looking forward to reading in October!
First up are some books that I will definitely be getting read this month – ARCs! Most of the ARCs I’ll be reading this month were provided by Netgalley, but two were very kindly provided by the authors (which I’ll mention a bit later on!).
All of these ARCs were kindly provided to me by NineStar Press through Netgalley and I can’t wait to read more from this publisher after loving what I’ve already read! First up is one I’m super excited to get to as it features a F/F/M poly relationship and that’s Stealing Jennifer by CC Bridges, which follows a trio of jewel thieves who have to break Jennifer out after she lands herself in trouble with the FBI (how amazing does this sound!!!). Then there’s Evie and the Pack-Horse Librarians by Laurel Beckley which I got approved for after the publishing date but just haven’t got round to reading yet. It follows Evie who deals with authors’ manuscripts and helps bring them to life, but after her girlfriend steals and leaks a very high profile manuscript, Evie is exiled and joins the Pack-Horse Librarians. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one so I have high expectations! Finally, I’ll be reading the first two books in Brenda Murphy’s new University Square series – On the Square and Lockset. On the Square follows celebrity chef Mai Li who was dropped from her tv show after her very public breakup and who just wants to start afresh by reopening her parents’ restaurant. However, the restaurant needs a lot of renovation and so Dale Miller arrives into Mai’s life to help out. Dale offers Mai a deal, but will Mai take it? Again, I’ve heard great things about Brenda Murphy’s books and can’t wait to marathon these two!
Next up are my ‘gifted’ ebooks, which were given to me by the author, and ARCs that I got directly from the author! The first of which is Cat’s Got Your Heart by Jem Zero, which, after reading the synopsis, I knew I needed to get my hands on! It follows Jericho Adams who, in the process of adopting a cat, meets Harinder Mangal, the surly pet shop employee who loves animals and hates customers. The two don’t get off to a flying start but after Harinder finds himself suddenly homeless, Jericho steps in to offer him a place to stay. This sounds like a really cute, really hilarious enemies to lovers, trans m/m romance and from the advanced reviews already out, I think I’m going to love it!
The second is Get it Right by Skye Kilaen! If you’ve been following my blog for some time you’ll know that I loved Skye’s first novella, Glorious Day, and that I take every opportunity possible to rave about it! I recently read the prequel novella to this new series and it has me dying to get to this first book! The tagline on Goodreads had me absolutely gripped and, honestly, I didn’t need to know anything more: “A butch lesbian parolee. The pretty pansexual nurse who got away. Is this their second chance at a happily ever after?” – it sounds right up my street!
Finally, there’s Mary, Everything, which I was very kindly gifted by the author, Cassandra Yorke. This one sounds perfect for Autumn so I really hope to read it in October! It follows Courtney, an undergrad uni student who, while working in the Archives over Summer, becomes intrigued by a yearbook from the 1920s. She has a chance encounter with a mysterious girl, Sadie, which ends up in her being transported to 1921, where she races against the clock to save her friend. When I read that there were sapphic flappers in this I was instantly sold, plus Courtney has a ragtag bunch of allies in 1921, including an American combat sorceress and veteran of World War I, an enigmatic professor who specializes in piercing the veil between realities, and two young women who insist they’re Courtney’s oldest friends (one of whom claims to be her true love)!
I only have three preorders arriving this month, two of which seem to have been released in the US already, and one of which I won in a giveaway hosted by the author!
The first is Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall a sapphic standalone which follows Corinne, who is closeted and bisexual, and dating Maggie who captains the rival school’s cross-country team. When Maggie dies, Corinne has no-one to turn to except Maggie’s ex, Elissa, the only person who can understand what Corinne is going through. I think this is going to be a very sad read but, again, I’ve heard very good things about it and I always want to support nonbinary authors! Next up is the New York Times Bestselling Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas! This is another one receiving rave reviews and the synopsis sounds perfect for October! It follows Yadriel, who is trying to prove that he’s a real brujo to his traditional Latinx family. With the help of his best friend and cousin, Yadriel manages to summon a ghost, but not the one he wanted. He summons Julian Diaz, the school’s bad boy who wants to find out what happened to him before he leaves. Finally, there’s Cute Mutants Vol. 2: Young, Gifted and Queer by S.J. Whitby, which I won through a Twitter giveaway! If you’ve not read my review of the first book, check it out to find out more about this series! Essentially, it’s X-Men but gayer, and that’s all it should take to make you want to pick it up!!
The rest of the books are all from my owned TBR (yes there’s still more to go!), but I thought I’d split them into spooky books and not-so-spooky books!
Okay, so some of these are more ‘if-I-have-time-for-them’/’I’m-sick-of-reading-spooky-books’ books, but one which isn’t is The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang. I read The Poppy War at the very start of the year (it was my first 2020 book) and fell in love, and it’s now one of my all-time favourites. I somehow managed to get approved for an eARC of the final book, The Burning God, which comes out in November, so I need to read this one ASAP, and I can’t wait! Next is one you’re all going to hate me for not reading yet, and it’s Crier’s War by Nina Varela! I literally pre-ordered this one and still haven’t got round to it! But I’m really making an effort to do so because the sequel is released in October (in the UK), so it’s about time! Plus I’m dying to read about sapphic automae and revolution! The next one is one of my most recent purchases, and it’s Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore. This follows two best friends, Lita and Chicky, who are trying to make Lita the first beauty pageant winner to look like her in history. It’s a sapphic childhood-best-friends-to-lovers book written by two authors I’m dying to read so I will hopefully manage to get round to this one!
Next are two thrillers, which is a genre I associate with Autumn, for some reason! The first is Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power, and the second is Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence. Because they’re thrillers, I don’t want to know anything about them, but I do know they’re both sapphic, so that alone makes me excited!
Finally are the two which are maybe the two that’ll help me most to get out of any potential reading slumps, just because they’re so different to a lot of the books I plan to read in October. The first is How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, which is a non-fiction that pretty much does what it says on the tin! I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction this year, so this will be this month’s book! The second is Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour, her most recent release, which seems to be both about healing and about ghosts!
Last up are my owned ‘spooky books’, that I think will be perfect for Halloween! The first is Deadline by Stephanie Ahn, which has been on my TBR for what feels like years! It follows a disgraced, exiled witch and also has BDSM – that’s all I know, except that people seem to love it! Next is another one I still haven’t read (yes, I also pre-ordered this one), and it’s Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I’ve tried to pick this one up a couple of times but couldn’t get into the writing style, but I know that lesbian necromancers in space is something that I know I’ll love!
Next up are two books I used to get confused all the time! The first is Wilder Girls by Rory Power, which isn’t my normal read. This is a quite gory horror (eek!) and follows a group of girls stuck in a boarding school during a deadly Tox outbreak. I’m a big wimp when it comes to horror and I hate gore (why am I reading this again?) but it’s sapphic (that’s why) but it’s Halloween so what better time to give it a go! The second is Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand. This is another horror, but this time is set on an island and features a deadly forest (and is also sapphic!). I’ve read Furyborn by Claire LeGrand and really enjoyed it, so let’s hope this is another hit!
The last two are Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee, and The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The first I got in a Fairyloot subscription box, and all I know is that there’s shamanism, a Spider King and an ancient, possessed forest, which sounds amazing! The latter is a sapphic retelling of the brides of Dracula, and what better way to spend October than with a book about vampires!
If you’re still here after that mammoth of a post I applaud you! And I also ask for your good luck wishes for me to complete my TBR lol! Like I said earlier, let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you’re planning on reading this month! Stay safe!