October 2023 TBR & Journal Spreads

October 2, 2023

Another month, another TBRย ~

Man, my September TBR was aย struggle and I definitely didn’t finish all of it. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I know that logically Iย 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. ๐Ÿ˜…

September goal check-in:ย 

  1. Read 50+ pages per day ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ (I came really close, but there were a couple of days where I read less โ€” I did read every day, though!)
  2. Read 1 short story (or more) per day โŒ (nope)
  3. Review everything I complete in September within 24 hours of completing it โŒ (HAHAHAH why did I think I could do this)

My goals for October are:ย 

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. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

  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 โ€” 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. ๐Ÿ˜… 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.

๐ŸŽƒย The Woman in Cabin 10 // Ruth Wareโ†’ I’ve been meaning to read a Ruth Ware book for years, so I signed right up to buddy read this one with Misty!

๐ŸŽƒย A Dowry of Bloodย // S.T. Gibson โ†’ This is on my fall TBR and Misty had it on her October TBR, soย voila, another buddy read!

๐ŸŽƒย The Library of Shadowsย // Rachel Moore โ†’ This won the October BOTM pick for my Books Out of the Blue discord server.

๐ŸŽƒย All Hallowsย // Christopher Golden โ†’ TBR & Beyond’s October pick! I’ve heard a lot of hype about this author.

๐ŸŽƒย The Prettiest Girl in the Graveย // Kristopher Triana โ†’ The splatterpunk pick for October in the new buddy read Discord my friend Charisa @theblackcatsbookmark hosts!

๐ŸŽƒย Partying with Pixiesย // Hazel Mack โ†’ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸŽƒย Frankensteinย // Mary Shelley โ†’ Another random group read in my Discord! I can’t believe I’m finally going to read it ๐Ÿคฏ

๐ŸŽƒย A Haunting on the Hillย // Elizabeth Hand โ†’ 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!

๐ŸŽƒย Fall of Ruin and Wrathย // Jennifer L. Armentrout โ†’ 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!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐ŸŽƒย Snarlย // John Boden โ†’ 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!

๐ŸŽƒย Maeve Flyย // CJ Leede โ†’ I’m buddy reading this with Reg starting today and I’m really excited about it!

๐ŸŽƒย Fourth Wingย // Rebecca Yarrosย (RE-READ) โ†’ Misty and I are re-reading this one beforeย Iron Flame comes out!

๐ŸŽƒย The God Providesย // Thomas R. Clark โ†’ This is another Horror Aficionados group read.

๐ŸŽƒย Dark Harvestย // Norman Partridge โ†’ I bought this a few weeks ago on a whim at B&N and it feels like a perfect October read!

๐ŸŽƒย Halloween Fiendย // C.V. Hunt โ†’ A super short Halloween story I’ve been meaning to read every October for the past few years.

๐ŸŽƒย Hell Houseย // Richard Matheson โ†’ Another group read, this one with some friends on Instagram!

๐ŸŽƒย The Tollย // Kealan Patrick Burke โ†’ 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. ๐Ÿฅฐ 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?


โ€” destiny โ™ฅ

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9 Comments
      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!! ?

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