Blogtober/Spooky TBR (and a comfort read)!

Happy October everyone! This time of year is so special: Autumn is in full swing, and with it comes Blogtober (posting a spooky/Autumn related post all month)!

I got the inspiration by reading The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober ideas. While posting every day seems like a challenge, I’m up to the task! I can finally post my Halloween Peanuts characters for as long as I want! (Yes, I know that I can post them any time I want, but showing them during October makes it extra special)!

Along with this comes pairing dark themes and bookish content together, and I also have plenty to share! Here is my TBR pile (along with Trick-or-Treat Snoopy) for the month of October:

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
My name is Meredith ‘Merry’ Gentry, but of course it’s not my real name. I dare not even whisper my true name after dark for fear that one hushed word will travel over the night winds to the soft ear of my aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She wants me dead. I don’t even know why…

I’ve been wanting to read A Kiss of Shadows forever! I’m a fan of the Anita Blake series, but have yet to dive into the sensual fairie realm Hamilton creates with the Merry Gentry series. Hopefully I can finally make the time to read it!

Keeping Her Close by Carol Ross
The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…

Keeping Her Close is the designated ‘comfort read’ of the pack…while it doesn’t hold ‘scary’ content, I’m reading it for a blog tour this month. Bring on the light reads!

Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner
In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah’s arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient “Jerusalem maiden.”

Jerusalem Maiden is my local library’s book club pick for October. I’m curious to learn about Esther’s journey to find herself within the confines of duty and social mores!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

I received A Discovery of Witches through a recommendation from a friend and colleague of my poetry therapy community. It has everything I love in stories: witches, a library, and ancient spells. I can’t wait to get to this story!

A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates) Alice must cross the Veil to rescue her friends and stop the Black Knight once and for all. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It’s not until she’s at her wits end that she realizes—Wonderland is trying to save her.
There’s a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen’s power—and Alice’s budding abilities—as their own.

I’m currently halfway through A Dream So Dark, and so far it’s just as addictive as McKinney’s first installment! I enjoy fairy tell re-tellings with a dark twist!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

I received Lock Every Door as a Book of the Month club selection back in July. I’m can’t wait to find out if the story lives up to the hype!

I hope everyone is having a restful start to their October!

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