October TBR

It’s finally October! I love this month so much. Pumpkin everything, the leaves changing color, spooky stuff everywhere, cooler weather… there’s just so much to love. The fall is a time when I always feel rejuvenated and at my happiest.

Since it’s the first day of the month, that means it’s time to put together my TBR list for the month. I doubt I’m going to be able to get through everything on the list, but I am certainly going to try! I also have a habit of picking up books on a whim, so expect this list to change a little.

Currently Reading:

Want to Read:

And then also, a healthy dose of Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

What are you planning on reading this month?

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September Book Hauls – Book Outlet & Book of the Month!

I was fortunate enough to obtain some really great books in the month of September, most of them from Book Outlet, as well as a couple from my first Book of the Month box.

Book Outlet

I just recently learned about the discount book website Book Outlet, and I’m officially obsessed. I spent at least an hour browsing their massive selection, before settling on seven books, which ended up costing just $35, including shipping and tax. Yes, really.

The important thing to note about Book Outlet is that their stock rotates frequently, so if you see a book you really want, you should purchase it as soon as you’re able to. I just got this box of books, and many of them are already sold out, so for those, I’ve included links for you to purchase them on Amazon.

Another quick note: many of the books available on Book Outlet are bargain books or scratch and dent copies. I chose the bargain books, some of which have a small scratch or line marked on the top or bottom of the pages.

Here are the books I got, and why I’m excited to read them:


  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    This is one of two from this haul that I’ve started reading already and, despite being only halfway through it, I’m in love. I’ve been craving a great high fantasy novel, and this certainly is that. It takes place in a world where people who could do magic, called Magi, once ruled. Now, however, the magic is gone, and those Magi are being repressed and killed. We follow the story of Zelie Adebola, a young girl who is given the chance to bring magic back and save people like her.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    In this collection of poems, Woodson talks about growing up as an African American in the 60s and 70s. The prose is beautiful, and the topic is an important one.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    I don’t know much about this book but purchased it because I’d heard from a plethora of sources that it was an incredible story. It follows a couple, one of whom is accused of a crime that they didn’t commit.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    It’s been ages since I’ve read historical fiction, and I really want to get back into it. When I came across this on Book Outlet, I checked ratings on Amazon, and it’s rated 5 stars with over 37,000 reviews. So yeah, I bought it.
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
    This is the first part of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. The second book, Thunderhead, was also available, so I’m actually going to be placing a second order next month to get that. The trilogy sounds so interesting – it’s a world where scythes are the only people who can end a life, which they do to keep the population under control.
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
    The first sentence of the synopsis of this book had me hooked: “In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.” I can’t wait to read it.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    When I went back to Book Outlet today to grab the link to this book, I saw that The Night Masquerade is now available as well, which is book five in this series. I’ve seen my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, write good things about this series, and I trust his judgment, so I wanted to give it a shot. I’m not sure about the rest of the series, but book one is very short – more a novella than a novel, so I feel like I’ll be able to finish it in a just a few hours.

Book of the Month


I’m obsessed with subscription boxes. I love coming home from a long day at the call center where I work to find a box full of goodies waiting for me. There are so many I would love to subscribe to, although subscribing to all of them would definitely be way outside of my current budget.

Thus, I ended up choosing two to start with: Book of the Month and OwlCrate. While my OwlCrate subscription is starting in October, I did receive my first Book of the Month box in September.

The thing that attracted me to Book of the Month was its simplicity and affordability. For $14.99 per month, you get to pick a book out of their monthly selection, and extra books from their backstock just add $9.99. The books are hardcover editions, so that’s quite a bit cheaper than buying the books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

For my monthly selection, I chose The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, even though it was a tough decision between that and The Mermaid and Mrs. HancockThe Silence of the Girls takes place during the events of The Illiad and is told from the point of views of the women who are captured and enslaved, including Queen Briseis.

I also got to choose a free book because I had a discount code, so I selected The Line that Held Us by David Joy. I’d never heard of that book before, and selected it on a whim, but when I received it, I was excited to see that the author is from Sylva, NC, which is where I went to college. I’m looking forward to reading it.

If you want to try out Book of the Month, I have a referral code you can use!

I hope you enjoyed this book haul! I’m thinking about doing them more often since I frequently find myself in situations where I impulse buy discount books. Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What were your thoughts?

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Week of 9/4/18: Exciting New Books

“Tuesday is neither here nor there in the hierarchy of the week.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

So, I know it’s a little late, but there are a ton of books coming out this week that I’m so ready for. Let’s get right to it.

  1. I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel
    Id Rather Be Reading - Anne Bogel
    I love Anne Bogel’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, and I pre-ordered this book as soon as I was able to. What more could you ask for than a book about books, from one of the best literature bloggers out there!
  2. The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker
    The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker
    This was one of the two books I got from Book of the Month Club, and as soon as I read the description I became excited to start reading it. It focuses on the women from The Illiad, particularly Briseis, who becomes a slave and concubine to Achilles and his conquering army.
  3. The Wildlands – Abby Geni
    The Wildlands - Abby Geni
    Taking place after a tornado destroys their hometown, Cora and Tucker McCloud team up to act against animal testing and cruelty. Although I’m confused as to why all of the book blurbs I keep seeing mention a “Category 5 tornado” (tornadoes are rated on the EF/Enhanced Fujita scale, hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Category 1-5 scale), I’m still curious about this book.
  4. Sadie – Courtney Summers
    Sadie - Courtney Summers
    Young Adult/Thriller
    Everywhere I look, there are rave reviews of this book. I haven’t read a lot of young adult mysteries, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a shot. It follows the story of Sadie after the murder of her younger sister, Mattie.
  5. Citizen Illegal – Jose Olivarez
    Citizen Illegal - Jose Olivarez
    Contemporary poetry about immigration, race, class, and the state of modern America. This is Jose Olivarez’s debut.
  6. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
    Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree - Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
    Young Adult
    A village is attacked by Boko Haram and a young girl is kidnapped along with the other women of her village. The author based the book on real interviews with victims of the terrorist organization’s kidnappings. I doubt this is going to be an easy read, but I feel like it’s going to be an important one.
  7. Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends – Hannah Whittock, Martyn Whittock
    Tales of Valhalla - Martyn and Hannah Whittock
    Norse mythology is always interesting, so I’m excited to have another book to read on the topic. I adored Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, so I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy this one just as much.
  8. The Golden State – Lydia Kiesling
    The Golden State - Lydia Kiesling.jpeg
    Lydia Kiesling makes her debut with this novel about a single mother named Daphne leaving her home in San Francisco after her husband, an immigrant, is denied re-entry into the United States. The book deals with Daphne’s anxiety and loneliness. I’ve heard amazing things about this book.
  9. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
    The Lost Queen - Signe Pike
    I’ve been wanting to read a good fantasy book lately, and this one seems great. It takes place in sixth-century Scotland and follows Queen Languroreth. The novel deals with the arrival of Christianity to the nation, brought by the Anglo-Saxons as they invade the isles.
  10. The Forbidden Place – Susanne Jansson
    The Forbidden Place - Susanne Jansson
    Taking place in a Swedish village called Mossmarken, a biologist comes across a body in the bogs. Sounds like a simple mystery novel, but then bodies start floating to the surface, one of them with pockets full of gold.