October TBR

by - 12:23

I don't normally plan what I am going to read throughout the month as I am more about the spontaneity of picking up a book either at random or dependent on my mood of that moment. However, with school starting and the work being pilled on with no restraints (I think the teachers forget that I do more than just their subject...) I feel like I need to get more organised in my reading if I want to get stuff done. So I am going to try making TBRs for the next few months (maybe until Christmas?) and see how that helps. Hopefully, by posting them online I'll be more inclined to stick with it too...


I've already started North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and am almost 200 pages through but as that's not halfway yet, I think I can get away with having it on here. I definitely want to finish it by the end of October, if not in the next week. What drew me to this was the idea of getting an insight into the social side and classes of the industrial revolution, something you don't really get from learning about in a history classroom (not that I do history but you get the idea...). I am also really loving the main character and can really relate to her. She is a very strong in her opinions and is passionate in what she believes in but sometimes people miss the way she presents herself. I am coming to realise that strong female characters really started making an impact during the Victorian era and I love reading about them.


After browsing through Good Reads to find some new books to add to my never-ending wishlist, I found A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke and was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. Ósa lives on a frozen island where the sky changes colour to give messages on is about to come. When she was born, the sky turned red and a plague came that killed hundreds of villagers. Now Ósa is seventeen, the sky has turned red again and she has to stop what is coming before more people are killed once again. I mean, who wouldn't want to read that?

What I am slightly confused about is that the release date on Goodreads isn't until the 5th October so I was fully prepared to wait a few days but when I went into my local Waterstones the next day, there it was! Strange but perfect for me as I got it a few days early!


I have heard a lot about E. Lockhart recently and really want to try reading a few of her books so when I saw this Waterstones exclusive edition of her latest book, We Were Liars, I just had to get it - even if it did cost a small fortune (totally worth it though!) After reading the blurb and becoming slightly confused, all I can say for sure is that is it about a girl from the Sinclare family who appear to be privileged and perfect. However, if the title is anything to go by, they're not as perfect as they seem. I don't know much more and I feel the less I know going into this book before going in, the better it will be. 


I've grouped these two together as I don't think I will get a chance to read them both, but definitely want to read one or the other. I recently finished (whoop whoop!) by coursework for my A level English literature class and for that, I chose to compare Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Now I have the stress of writing about them firmly out of the way, I am intrigued to read something that links closely to both of them and see how other people were writing at the time. And, of course, it is the perfect time to read Dracula with Haloween just around the corner. 

So there are my, hopefully, October reads. What are you planning to read this October and what should I add to my November TBR?

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  1. Such a great selection of books, I really like the mix of genres. I think those classic horror choices look interesting. I’m hoping I can pick up at least one Halloween themed book this year! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. That was my aim as I never normally read in relation to the seasons but I feel like I need to start! Good luck on your Halloween reading!

  2. We were Liars is one of my favourite books of all time! The story is just so compelling xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

    1. Agh I finished this last weekend and it was so good! I've just written a review which will be up tommorow but it is clear to say that I found it so gripping and confusing! Loved it :)


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