To Be Read: October 2020

As always I am planning my to be read for the next month, and who knows maybe I’ll actually read all of the books on this list for a change. Probably not but its worth a try anyway right? 

The four books that I have chosen for October are ones that I really, emphasis on the really, want to read. They are either continuations from series I have already started or books that I have wanted to read for a while now but have put off for some reason. 

One book that I haven’t included in this list is The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch, which I definitely plan on reading and review, however, it’s not out yet and I like taking my own pictures for my posts.

Queen of Shadows (#Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

I am very slowly making my way through this series, one per month, and I’m enjoying doing it this way. I don’t want to finish them too quickly because then I won’t have any new Sarah J. Maas to read until next February so for now, I’m going to continue taking my time. 

This series is really great, but I’m not sure whether I like it more than A Court of Thorns and Roses yet. 

Goodreads synopsis: “Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.” 

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I talked about this book not long ago in one of my favourite covers posts. The cover of this book is decidedly what drew me in and I think we can all agree on the fact that it is stunning. 

I’m trying to make it my mission to read more books with non-white main characters. I don’t intentionally read books with white main characters, but there are millions of them so its hard not to.

The excitement to read this is massive and I think I may make it my first read of the month. I’m definitely in need of some ya contemporary and With The Fire On High sounds perfect. 

Goodreads synopsis: “With her daughter to care for and her Abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.”

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan

Again I am proving how shallow I am by saying that I brought this book because of its cover. But do you know what, I don’t care. I am shallow and I love a pretty cover. I have obviously heard great things about this series and would not have brought it otherwise. The title also sounds really interesting.

Goodreads synopsis: “Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.”

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of The Air #3) by Holly Black

I have already sung my praises for The Cruel Prince and will be doing the same next week about The Wicked King. This is slowly being one of my favourite series and I cannot wait to see how it will conclude. 

I am completely in love with Cardan but aren’t we all, and I always need more time with the fae in my life. What better way to spend that time than with Holly Black? 

Goodreads synopsis: “He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…”

Which book are you most excited to read in October?



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