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October TBR

Hey y'all, it's officially spooky season!!! This is one of my favorite times of the year for reading. My plan for October is all about diving into bone-chilling, creepy reads. 

This month's goal is to read six books, a number I fell short of in September, but October lends itself to hunkering down and getting some good books in! Most of these are spooky in nature

Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

Man oh MAN!! I listened to the first book in the series as one of my random selections and absolutely LOVED it. It was so good and so much fun!! The narrator, January LaVoy, really made the characters and the story come alive and the narrative was the escapist adventure that I needed. I absolutely can't wait to start book two of the series!

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

"Last Night I Dreamt I went to Manderley Again..."

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house's current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

I always feel like adding a classic creep is a no-brainer for spooky season. I've never read this, but my boss has had nothing but good things to say and I think it'll be perfect!

The Sun Down Motel - Simone St. James
Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnĘžt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

This was a book I had seen around and thought I'd maaaaaybe like to read some day. But it was a high priority. That all changed when it became a Kindle Deal of the Day and I realized it would be the perfect addition to my spooky line-up.

The Deep - Rivers Solomon
Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

I have to admit, I was less than thrilled with Rivers Solomon's last book An Unkindness of Ghosts. The plot felt dragged out, and I had difficulty settling into the world-building. But this book is a pick for book club, so I'll be reading it. I've been advised that this might be a tough read for me, so we'll see how it goes!

Mystery Books - ???
As always, I have two free slots for choices that I may want to throw into the mix. Being a mood reader, I always like to leave a little room for the unexpected and unplanned!

And that's all! I'm looking forward to settling in with numerous cups of tea and reading! What are your book plans for the month? Do you have any spooky reads on your October TBR?