What I’m Reading Next: TBR October 2018

Welcome to the TBR Mix n’ Mingle Linkup hosted by the ladies at Literary Quicksand, Rachel @ Never Enough Novels and Allison @ My Novel Life, where we share what we’ll be reading the coming month!

I did a little better with my September TBR than the previous month. I read half of what I had on the list, but as I mentioned in my recent What I’ve Been Reading post, I spent a lot of my reading time evaluating books for the Blue Crab Awards. This will probably be the case until spring, but I’m going to keep making monthly TBRs of the grown-up books I want to read. A girl can dream she’ll get to all the books she wants to read 🙂 

Before I share my TBR, I want to let you all know that I’ll be taking a blogging break for the month of October. There are a bunch of projects I’m going to tackle and ideas I’ll explore (many book-related). I plan on coming back to blogging fresh and full of fun content to share.

Without further ado, here’s my TBR for October 2018:


Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel), by Robert Gailbraith
I’ve loved all the Cormoran Strike books and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Each time I read a Strike novel, I marvel at the fact that these dark murder mysteries are written by the same woman who wrote Harry Potter. Is there anything J.K. Rowling can’t do???

Summary: When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott–once his assistant, now a partner in the agency–set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. ~From the publisher


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
My husband is on a decluttering mission these days, and after hearing about this book in-depth on By the Book, I think reading it will give us some useful strategies for dealing with all our stuff. Some of Kondo’s ideas seem a bit wacky, but I’m willing to read more about them and possibly give them a try.

Summary: Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. From the publisher


Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon
I finished watching the 2nd season of Outlander recently and am eager to start season 3 which is based on Voyager, but there’s no way I’ll watch it until I’ve read the book. At 870 pages, this may be the only book I read in October (and possibly into November!), but I’ll enjoy being in Diana Gabaldon’s world again.

Summary: He was dead. However, his nose throbbed painfully, which he thought odd in the circumstances.
Jamie Fraser is, alas, not dead–but he is in hell. Waking among the fallen on Culloden Field, he is concerned neither for his men nor his wounds but for his wife and their unborn child. Lord, he prayed passionately, that she may be safe. She and the child. It’s a prayer he’ll utter many times over the next twenty years, never knowing but always hoping that Claire made it through the standing stones, back to the safety of her own time.
Safe she is, but believing Jamie gone forever, she’s obliged to live without a heart, her only comfort their daughter, Brianna. But now, their daughter grown, she discovers that Jamie survived, and a fateful decision lies before her: Stay with her beloved daughter, or go back to search Scotland’s dangerous past for the man who was her heart and soul, sustained only by the hope that they will still know each other if she finds him.


Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
‘Tis the season for scary and spooky tales! I’ve never read Frankenstein and since it’s celebrating its 200th anniversary, this Halloween season is the perfect time to get to it.

Summary: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about the young student of science Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. ~ From the publisher


What do you plan on reading this month? Please share in the comments below!

2 responses to “What I’m Reading Next: TBR October 2018”

  1. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels Avatar

    I keep thinking about getting back into Outlander, but last time I quit halfway through the second book because I just wasn’t into the story. Maybe I’ll push through this time (and skim a bit hehe). I also have a Halloween read on my list!

  2. Allison Avatar

    Aw, I love Outlander! However, there’s one (I can’t remember which, but I’m thinking it might be Voyager) that has a troubling depiction of a Chinese character. He’s sort of a weird insertion into the whole story. I haven’t kept up with the show, but once I do I’ll be interested to see how they handle him.

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