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October TBR: Too Many Books, Too Little Time

October 3, 2018


All year, I swore that I would catch up on all of my fall ARCs by September 30th so that October could be totally dedicated to mood reading, yet here we are, and… well, that didn’t happen.

At all.
So, a few plans for this month are:

  1. OWNtober — reading books from my backlist that I purchased myself before this month
  2. The IT readalong that Kathy and I are co-hosting. Feel free to join us and use the hashtag #WeAllReadDownHere on twitter and instagram if you do! ♥
  3. The CERTAIN DARK THINGS readalong I’m hosting on twitter from October 7th to 11th (details here). Feel free to join in (the hashtag is #CertainDarkThingsBR), and let me know if you’d like to join the group chat!
  4. To read as many spooky things as possible!
I’m also trying something new: instead of clicking the titles for Goodreads links, you can view a Goodreads shelf of my entire month’s TBR here!

Now, on to my (incredibly oversized and unrealistic) TBR!

? = POC rep
? = LGBTQ+ rep
? = OWNtober
? = spooky reads

(keep in mind that I haven’t read these yet, so I may miss the rep on some titles—if you see anything I missed, please let me know!)

Review Copies:

What if it’s Us — Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera ?? (in progress)
Doorbells at Dusk — Evans Light (in progress) ?
Blanca & Roja — Anna-Marie McLemore ??
The Toy Thief — D. W. Gillespie ?
Evenfall — Gaja J. Kos
Home and Away — Candice Montgomery ??
Beneath the Citadel — Destiny Soria ??
Odd One Out — Nic Stone ??
Imagine Us Happy — Jennifer Yu
That Night — Amy Giles
A Very Large Expanse of Sea — Tahereh Mafi ?
Suspended in Dusk II — Simon Dewar ?
Song of the Dead — Sarah Glenn Marsh ???
Girls of Paper and Fire — Natasha Ngan ??
Garden of Eldritch Delights — Lucy A. Snyder ?
Bones — Andrew Cull ?
Bedfellow — Jeremy C. Shipp ?
Darkest Hours — Mike Thorn ?
Wild Hunger — Chloe Neill
Finding Baba Yaga — Jane Yolen ?


IT — Stephen King ??
Empire of Storms — Sarah J. Maas ?
City of Heavenly Fire — Cassandra Clare ??? (in progress)
The Bane Chronicles — Cassandra Clare ???
Tower of Dawn — Sarah J. Maas ?
Godsgrave — Jay Kristoff ???
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy — Cassandra Clare ???
Certain Dark Things — Silvia Moreno-Garcia ???
Dead Leaves — Kealan Patrick Burke ??

Leftover from September:

Fairest — Marissa Meyer ?? (in progress)
Shatter Me — Tahereh Mafi ? (in progress)

OPTIONAL Reads I’d Like to Get to (In My Dreams…):

The Graveyard Book — Neil Gaiman ??
The Kiss Quotient — Helen Hoang ??
I Am Not Your Final Girl — Claire C. Holland ??
You May Now Kill the Bride — R. L. Stine ??

What books on your October TBR are you most excited to read? Which book from my “optional” list do you think I should try to prioritize first?


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  • Reply Tammy October 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I hope you get to read Certain Dark Things, it’s wonderful, one of my favorite vampire books!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:16 am

      Thank you! I’m definitely prioritizing it since I’m doing the group read on Twitter. I’ve learned the easiest way to force myself to read something on time is to rope other people into reading it with me! ??

  • Reply pcochrun October 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Wow! You go! Some greats reads there for sure.

  • Reply Annemieke October 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hah yeah my tbr for this month is out of control too haha. But at least some of your arcs fit for halloween. 😉

  • Reply CJR The Brit October 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Some great reads! I’m doing my first ever readathon! Can’t wait!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:17 am

      Thank you! Aw that’s awesome, which readathon? I think I’m going to try to do Spookathon.

      • Reply CJR The Brit October 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

        It’s the Off the Grid readathon where you switch off from Social Media….cant wait to try it! Good luck with Spookathon if you do it ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

          OMG, I definitely have to look this up haha. Thank you! And good luck with yours too!!

          • CJR The Brit October 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

            Its being hosted jointly by Bionic Book Worm and I Should Read That if you want to look them up ? Thanks!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

            Thank you, I did and followed their twitter too! 😀

          • CJR The Brit October 4, 2018 at 4:05 pm

            Yay! I’ll look out for your update post! The thought of switching off of social media for a few days actually makes me feel excited!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 7, 2018 at 3:15 am

            Same! I’ve been considering a mini social media hiatus for over a month, so maybe this will help me decide if I want to finally do that!

          • CJR The Brit October 7, 2018 at 3:25 am

            I have been pulling back a bit from SM as I just seem to have the time at the moment so this will be great to see what’s it’s like with none!!

  • Reply flowersinthebrain October 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Some great reads here! No such thing as too many books though, haha

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess October 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Good luck with your TBR! I’m not setting one out as such, but there are a few I’d like to finish before December.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

  • Reply Nerd Narration October 3, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    You limited it to a sensible 35 books (read: HOLY CATS! Did she pick 35 BOOKS??). Lol Just Kidding! =) That’s a crazy ambitious TBR, but I support your choices and hope you get to as many of them as possible while still celebrating your BDAY and WEDDING!! <3 <3
    Also this: #WeAllReadDownHere is hysterical. I fully support this hashtag.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:17 am

      LMAO. I did… sigh… I’m a mess. But thank you!! And lmao, I’m so glad you like the hashtag!

  • Reply Literary Lion October 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    What a masive October TBR. Good luck with this!!

  • Reply Gingerbread October 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    If you get to all those books and don’t know what to read I recommend The Kiss Quotient. I just read it and really liked it. It’s a refreshing romance and quite a fun read – as well as educational concerning Asperger’s syndrome. Both MC’s are really lovable!
    Happy reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:18 am

      Thank you!! That’s one I am so excited to read so I’m really hoping I can make the time for it! If I don’t, it is 100% going at the TOP of my November TBR! <3

  • Reply Eva | Brilliantly Bookish October 3, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Wow! You really meant it when you said too many books. Good luck! Hopefully, you can get through a lot of these.?

  • Reply yarnowlreads October 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    The link to a shelf rather than individual links is a great idea!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:19 am

      Thank you! It just seemed soooo much easier than trying to individually link them all. I don’t know why I never thought of it before!

  • Reply yarnowlreads October 3, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Also I am hugely excited for The Kiss Quotient but I’m waiting for November.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:20 am

      Ooooh, if I don’t get to it this month, would you like to buddy read it? (No pressure!)

      • Reply yarnowlreads October 4, 2018 at 10:27 am

        Absolutely! It’ll mean I actually finally get to it. ?

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm October 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Ahhh, what a great (and ambitious) TBR!! I hope you love all of these books. I think Beneath the Citadel has LGBTQ rep? I’m currently reading it and it’s looking to be along those lines. Lol I’m trying not to spoil anything hence the vagueness??

  • Reply Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky October 3, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    That is a HELL of a TBR! I hope you can get to most (all??) of them! Reading all the ARCs so that I can have a “free” October was also my goal…and it’s SO not happening. ? Why are there so many books coming out in October???

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 4, 2018 at 4:21 am

      Hahaha thank you!! I feel your pain, and it’s funny because I don’t remember having very many anticipated releases in October of last year, so what gives with this October?! ??

  • Reply tanyareading17 October 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Home and Away is also LGBTQ+ rep because the main love interest is bisexual.

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense October 4, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I loved Blanca & Roja so much and I hope you do as well. Certain Dark Things has got some of the best world building. Happy reading!

  • Reply Ms. Victorious October 4, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I’m really excited about A Curse So Dark and Lovely! (Yay, I was lucky enough to get an ARC)

  • Reply bookwormscornerblogspotgmailcom October 4, 2018 at 5:09 am

    You have a busy month ahead! I hope that you get to read at least one from your personal collection. 🙂

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress October 4, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Your title is literally me! Every year, I promise myself to read ONLY spooky books in october, however, I always ended up playing catch up with my other reading goals? Good luck with your tbr, they are huge!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious October 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Just a reasonable TBR of 25 books, no big deal at all! Good luck reading, it looks like we don’t have any books in common this month CRYING

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators October 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I love how varied your reads always are! Best of luck on tackling all of these! I just recently got into an intense fantasy mood, so I’ll probably take advantage and read all my backlisted fantasy books before the wind blows my reading mood in a different direction.

  • Reply trufflereads October 4, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    The Kiss Quotient was amazing for me, I loved it so much so I hope you can get to it soon!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 7, 2018 at 3:42 am

      Awesome, thank you! I actually meant to update this post, but I moved it to my November TBR! So the bad news is it’ll be a little bit longer before I read it, but the good news is I’m moving it so I can buddy read it which means I will finally DEFINITELY pick it up! 😀

      • Reply trufflereads October 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        Yay!! That’s great news, I hope you love it as much as I did ?

  • Reply Kelly Brigid October 5, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Looks like you’ve got some great books on this tbr! I’m hoping to get to the Graveyard Book some time soon, so if you decide to read that one, hit me up for a buddy read, love! ❤️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 7, 2018 at 3:43 am

      Thank you! Ooooh, I am SO down for a Graveyard Book buddy read if you don’t mind waiting until the middle of the month or so?

      • Reply Kelly Brigid October 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        I don’t mind waiting at all! Would the week of the 22nd work well for you? ❤️

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 1:12 am

          That sounds perfect! Do you want to schedule it out like a daily thing or just say we’ll both read it that week and discuss it at the end of that week?

          • Kelly Brigid October 9, 2018 at 2:02 am

            Whichever you’d prefer! I’m completely fine either way! ?

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

            If you’re okay with it, it would be awesome if we could just go at our own pace, because I’ve got the audiobook for it and it can be hard to predict how much time I’ll be able to listen on a given day!

          • Kelly Brigid October 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

            Okay! Sounds great! Yeah, I would imagine it would be quite difficult to figure out where you’re at if it’s an audiobook! Hahaha.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 12, 2018 at 11:05 am

            For sure! I’m using the audiobook of IT for the month long readalong I’m co-hosting this month and it’s been so hard to figure out if I’m staying on schedule or not because the chapter formatting in the audiobook is so weird!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 5, 2018 at 4:20 am

    How the.. BLEEP.. are you going to read all these?
    This is a CRAZY amount of books, even for you! 😛

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 7, 2018 at 3:46 am

      I won’t. ? Trust me, never in a million fucking years will I be able to read all of these! but I’ll be really, REALLY happy if I can get to 25 of them. It’s not looking good, though, since it’s the 7th (well, barely, but still) and I’ve only finished 2, I think…? sigh.

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches October 11, 2018 at 10:40 am

        Well, this definitely does not remind me of how I’m behind on my replies, HAHA. Oh lord.
        Hope you were able to catch up a bit by now! Like. You should totally let out the competitive side of your awesome self and make sure you beat the number of books I’m reading this month. [Right now I’ve read 8 books this month so GET A MOVE ON.]

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 12, 2018 at 11:22 am

          You did great on catching up, though! 😀 And WTF, you’ve ALREADY read 8 books?! ? I think so far I’ve read 3 novels, 1 novella, DNFed a novel, and read a handful of graphic novels and children’s books on Netgalley because I’m trying really hard to get over 90%. :’)

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches October 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

            I should be proud of that, right? If ONLY I was on schedule with IT, I would be. But I feel like I’m picking up any other book just to not continue reading that monster. ?
            Is now the right time to mention my 91% ratio? Granted, I’ve only been accepted for 66 galleys ever so it’s not that hard to stay on top. :’)

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 12, 2018 at 11:58 am

            You should be very proud! I mean, it sucks that we’re both having such a hard time keeping up with IT, but hey, if it’s motivating you to knock out a bunch of other stuff, what’s one book versus 8? :’)
            Ooooooh, that’s amazing, though! I actually think it’s way harder to get a high percentage when you’ve been approved for less, because each eARC weighs so much more heavily, so I think you should be super proud of your 91%!

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches October 15, 2018 at 4:29 am

            Definitely true! Although I’m even less proud now than a week ago because I haven’t even read past the first mark yet. OOPS. [Awful hosts we are. ? ]
            That’s true, in a way, but on the other hand.. I simply make sure I never have more than five / six eARC’s to read so it’s pretty easy to stay on top of them that way? And lately I’m even more wary of requesting them since I’ve no clue how I’ll be handling my blog once the little asshole is born. [He. does. not. stop. kicking. my. bladder.]

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries October 16, 2018 at 12:19 am

            If it makes you feel any better, not only have I failed as a co-host for this readalong, but I completely failed at being the host of the Certain Dark Things readalong I was doing on twitter, too. :’)

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches October 16, 2018 at 6:17 am

            Eh, just blame it on life! We’re BOTH bad hosts at this point because I cannot be arsed to pick up IT. Even though I’ll have to in about an hour since I finished Odd One Out before work and didn’t bring any book with me so.. I either start a new ARC or continue IT on my Kindle..
            [Okay. Chances are I’ll just start a new ARC but shhhh.]

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