Books in October

This is my TBR or to-be-read list for October. Looking over them I realize they don’t seem to have anything in common. It’s because I’m doing a challenge on Goodreads, and they fit into the categories. It’ll be fine. It’s weird, but it’ll be fine. So that’ll be fun. It seems like a lot of books, but some of them are quite short, so hopefully that’ll work out well. I’ll be fine. Keep up the optimism. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I have heard about this a lot through the Booktube, and I found it interesting enough to want to read it. I sound really negative, that’s a great start. It’s about a young lady named Celaena, who was a famed assassin, and then got caught and made into a slave in the mines. Then the captain of the king’s guard comes to her and offers her freedom. She will represent the prince in a to-the-death competition to become the king’s champion. Then she can be his assassin for like 6 years (?) and then she’s free. It sounds interesting. I like reading the perspective of sort of ruthless murderers, that sounds weird, but I think it’s interesting.
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
I finished Son of a Witch this year. And I really liked that. I found it interesting. This is the third book in the tetralogy the Wicked Years. This one is about the Cowardly Lion, who is defended by Elphaba in the first novel. He goes to visit Yackle, an oracle, who was a part of the second book. He comes there to ask questions about Elphaba, and in exchange he has to tell Yackle his story, which is what the book is. It’ll be fun.   

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
I’ve had this for ages. I’ve heard good things about it from lots of people. It’s about two Japanese college students devoted to each other. But their relationship is sort of marked by the death of their mutual friend. I feel like I read a lot of the same things over and over again, because I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, and I would like to change that, so I want to read other types of books, and I might as well start with books I already own. It’ll be fun.

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
I’ve started reading this before, and then I stopped. No idea why. It’s about a guy named Matthew Swift, who has been killed, and now is suddenly alive again, back in his bed and he is planning his justified revenge. It’s an urban fantasy novel, and I imagine it has to do with angels. I can’t actually remember anything in the book. But it was like three years ago. Anyways, it’ll be fun.

The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
I got this book from Quirk books. Through a Goodreads group that I’m in there was a give away of two book titles. One was this one, and the hope was for some honest reviews, which I will give later. Anyways. This book is a love story, and it’s told from two perspectives, in a very interesting ways. It’s a sort of accordion style way to print the book. You read the book from one of the main characters’ perspective, and when you get to the end you can start over again from the other main characters’ perspective. So I’m excited about that.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
This is a dystopia abut a boy named Jonas who lives in a world where everything is under control. No war, no pain, no choices. Everyone is given a role in the community they live in. And when Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from the Giver. The Giver holds the memories of true pain and pleasure, and now he’ll give all that to Jonas. And when he does that there’s no going back. It sounds really cool, and I’m excited. Also, the movie is coming out, or just came out? I’m not sure, I live in Norway, release dates are different. And research sounds very difficult.

The Hound of the d’Ubervilles by Kim Newman
This is a book about James Moriarty and Sebastian Moran from the Sherlock Holmes universe. They’re partners in crime, literally, and they run London crime. And I’ve had it for a long time. And I’ve read Anno Dracula, by the same author, which is an alternate history, steampunk-y story of Dracula, in which he went to London and enslaved queen Victoria and basically ran England. As I mentioned earlier I quite like the perspectives of psychotic killers, because I’m weird, and Moriarty and Moran are amazing villains, so I’m looking forward to that.

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

This is another attempt of mine to read books I own, and books that are different from books that I usually read. I’ve never read Palahniuk before, and I quite want to read him, so this is a good opportunity to do that. Also it’s October, and it’s a horror book, so that’s good. It’s about a young lady named Misty who was a promising young artist who is suddenly just without ambition, sitting by her husband’s bedside. And suddenly she starts painting again, and she’s drawn into this conspiracy, so I’m excited about that. It’ll be different and interesting, so I’ll see what happens with that.