October 2023 TBR & Journal Spreads

October 2, 2023

Another month, another TBR ~

Man, my September TBR was a struggle and I definitely didn’t finish all of it. 😩 I know that logically I should create a small TBR for October so I can have time to finish it all and my leftovers from September, but I have yet again signed up for too many buddy and group reads. 😅

September goal check-in: 

  1. Read 50+ pages per day 🤷‍♀️ (I came really close, but there were a couple of days where I read less — I did read every day, though!)
  2. Read 1 short story (or more) per day ❌ (nope)
  3. Review everything I complete in September within 24 hours of completing it ❌ (HAHAHAH why did I think I could do this)

My goals for October are: 

I keep hoping every month will be a little less busy than the one before it, but September is looking pretty full so I won’t even go into that spiel this time. 🙃

  1. Read 100+ pages per day (I know, it’s a big goal, but I’m going to try!)
  2. Read a short story every day (yep, thought I’d repeat this one!)
  3. Finish everything I started reading before October (currently 6 books — maybe 5 by the time this post goes live!)

OCTOBER’s picks:

Who gave me the right to make a TBR this big for October? Beats me. 😅 I signed up for a LOT of buddy and group reads, plus I picked several Halloween-y mood reads and review copies that I just really want to read this month.

🎃 The Woman in Cabin 10 // Ruth Ware→ I’ve been meaning to read a Ruth Ware book for years, so I signed right up to buddy read this one with Misty!

🎃 A Dowry of Blood // S.T. Gibson → This is on my fall TBR and Misty had it on her October TBR, so voila, another buddy read!

🎃 The Library of Shadows // Rachel Moore → This won the October BOTM pick for my Books Out of the Blue discord server.

🎃 All Hallows // Christopher Golden → TBR & Beyond’s October pick! I’ve heard a lot of hype about this author.

🎃 The Prettiest Girl in the Grave // Kristopher Triana → The splatterpunk pick for October in the new buddy read Discord my friend Charisa @theblackcatsbookmark hosts!

🎃 Partying with Pixies // Hazel Mack → We haven’t actually discussed buddy reading this one, but I’m just assuming I’m gonna be buddy reading it with Malli and Misty when it releases 😂

🎃 Frankenstein // Mary Shelley → Another random group read in my Discord! I can’t believe I’m finally going to read it 🤯

🎃 A Haunting on the Hill // Elizabeth Hand → I’m so excited to have gotten an eARC of this one! It blows my mind that this author was authorized to write an “official” sequel to The Haunting of Hill House!

🎃 Fall of Ruin and Wrath // Jennifer L. Armentrout → Bramble sent me a finished copy of this beauty and I just HAVE to read it ASAP and experience the hype for myself while it’s fresh!! 🔥

🎃 Snarl // John Boden → I bought this ebook and then Horror Aficionados announced the author was joining for a group discussion, so it was perfect timing and I hear good things about this author’s writing!

🎃 Maeve Fly // CJ Leede → I’m buddy reading this with Reg starting today and I’m really excited about it!

🎃 Fourth Wing // Rebecca Yarros (RE-READ) → Misty and I are re-reading this one before Iron Flame comes out!

🎃 The God Provides // Thomas R. Clark → This is another Horror Aficionados group read.

🎃 Dark Harvest // Norman Partridge → I bought this a few weeks ago on a whim at B&N and it feels like a perfect October read!

🎃 Halloween Fiend // C.V. Hunt → A super short Halloween story I’ve been meaning to read every October for the past few years.

🎃 Hell House // Richard Matheson → Another group read, this one with some friends on Instagram!

🎃 The Toll // Kealan Patrick Burke → Another Halloween short story!

OCTOBER bujo spreads:

Of course, I had to make Halloween spreads for October! I don’t draw in my bullet journal often, so I’m really pleased with how little Sam turned out. 🥰 And the “31 days of horror” page is for the 31 horror movies my spouse and I watch every October together!

What are you reading this month?


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    1. Haha I’m loving this!! So many buddy reads planned and I cannot wait. I still keep thinking of books I’m wanting to read.

      1. It sounds amazing, I can’t wait to pick it up! I checked out the audiobook of the original today to give it a re-read first and compare the two. Thank you love, I hope yours is too!

    1. Your journal spread is so cute!!!

      I don’t really make monthly TBRs, but I’ve already read a few spooky books and I’m hoping to stick with that!

      1. Thank you so much!!! I’m just about to start on my November spreads and feeling oddly apprehensive about it, so seeing this comment just now was really well timed and made me smile 🥰 and I hope your spooky reads are going well!!

    1. I hope you had success with your October TBR! I won’t be able to read The Library of Shadows in time, but hope to read it this November 🥰 I love your Bujo spreads, they are so pretty!! 👻

      1. Thank you so much!! 🥰 and if it makes you feel any better, I didn’t get to The Library of Shadows in October, either 😅 I’m still waiting on the audiobook hold to come in!

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