October 2020 TBR

This month’s Unread Shelf Challenge for the Unread Shelf Challenge hosted by Whitney at The Unread Shelf is to read books that scare you – in content or in length. For my list of hopefuls this month, I tried to focus on books that are listed as thriller/horror/sci-fi…it’s not my favorite genre and I’m looking forward to getting some of these off my shelf for good!

To help me whiddle down my books, I have a few categories I’d like to try to hit each month:

  • A Backlist Title: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
    • With the release of Emezi’s latest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, I think it’s time to finally prioritize Freshwater. I’ve heard they’re very different books, and I’ve heard they’re both excellent…now the question is: which do I read first??
  • A BOTM Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
    • I’m nervous about this one because fairy tales can be hit or miss for me, but I couldn’t resist that cover!
  • A Nonfiction Title: The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth and Power by Deirdre Mask
    • I’ve never given a single thought to how streets get named, but I’ve recently learned more about neighborhoods and the systemic racism that underlies them (redlining), so I think this will be a great book to further delve into that personal research of mine.
  • A NetGalley/Edelweiss Title: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks
    • At first I was confused – is this a memoir? Thriller? Horror? I still don’t know, but it sounds like the perfect October read!
  • A Memoir: A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K. Barnett
    • Not spooky in the Halloween/October sense, but a scary premise just the same – having your daughter ripped from your arms and serving a life sentence for a first time drug offense. Just Mercy is still on my TBR and this book sounds like it’s along the same lines.
  • At least 2 physical ARCs:
    • His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
      • I’ve heard great things about this one!
    • The Lightness by Emily Temple
      • I’m not sure if this one will work for me – the reviews I’ve read are mixed and lean towards not good…so it’s time to give it a shot and either enjoy it or DNF it and get it off my shelves!

Other books up for consideration:

  • Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker
  • The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale, #2) by Margaret Atwood
  • Horrow Lake by Kat Ellis
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • The Current by Tim Johnston
  • Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab
  • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

What books are on your list of hopefuls for October?

5 thoughts on “October 2020 TBR

  1. I know I was supposed to vet The Lightness, but I failed! I never reviewed it because I couldn’t decide what I thought. Some aspects of it I liked, but others felt overdone. It’s an odd story!

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