I am so excited to be participating on my favorite readathon for another year – GOTHTOBER! It’s hosted by Olivia Savannah @ Olivia Catastrophe, Tish @ Little Wolf and Hannah @ LadetteM. Even though the readathon this round is inspired by horror movies’ final girls, I will mostly be reading in my favorite go-to genres like I tend to do, lol. But I still have a pretty ambitious TBR!
The tropes this round are individual, but there are three staple ones for everyone:
Joseph Bruchac is an Indigenous author whose books are deemed pretty scary even though they’re middle grade. I am very excited to read THE LEGEND OF SKELETON MAN – first because this title???? I find that legends and myths are sometimes the scariest stories, so I’m looking forward to this read.
I mentioned TIM TE MARO AND THE SUBTERRANEAN HEARTSTICK BLUES before because of the cover and it is indeed a slay. But I also am really intrigued by the content – mostly because I know it’s set in a magical school and it’s about two characters having to look after an egg as if it was a child? (Flashbacks to that Everybody Hates Chris episode). Most importantly though: it’s a friends with benefits to lovers!!!!!!!!
I am pretty sure the MC from BET ON IT deals with anxiety, just because the synopsis mentions a panick attack. I do wish I had picked up a book with an protagonist that had a visible disability but I’ve also been slacking in reading books with mental health rep so I’ll count it as a win. I want to read this one so bad – it’s about the protagonists engaging on a sex bingo game???? Ma’am. Respectfully yes. I’ve seen quotes from this one doing their rounds on TikTok so you know what that means and I’m not mad.
Now, for our actual prompts:
READ A GOTHIC MOOD READ BOOK
I think this one definitely fits the prompt and it is indeed: THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LA RUE. My real-life best friend recently finished this one and sent me a picture of himself crying by the end of it. I know this is a polarizing one, but I am hopeful I will enjoy it. It’s about a girl who makes a deal with the devil and is forgotten by anyone she meets – until she finds a boy who remembers her.
READ A BOOK BY A COMFORTING AUTHOR
Ok, so hear me out: it is true that I’ve never read anything by Lynn Painter before. But she is a YA contemporary romance author, which means I know she’ll be comforting by default. I’ve been meaning to read BETTER THAN THE MOVIES since forever and it’s the perfect opportunity – it’s a contemporary with rom com references. What is more my comfort zone than that?
READ A BOOK WITH A HIDDEN ANTAGONIST
I don’t really know if this will count, obviously, as I have not read it yet but I got a copy of MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM recently and October is the month to read it, let’s be honest. I think out of all the books I wanted to read tis month, “hidden antagonist” for a book where one of the characters is being posessed by a demon is pretty accurate. I mean, that is definitely a hidden antagonist, right?
READ A BOOK WITH WATER ON THE COVER
The copy that I own of THE WICKED DEEP does have some water doodles on the cover. This book is perfect for the October spooky vibes. I remember I read it around this time on October 2018 and I loved it for the atmosphere, so I’m hoping to replicate it this time around. This one is about a town that is cursed by the ghost of three witches every summer and they drown boys like they were once drowned.
READ A BOOK WHERE YOU CAN’T TRUST ANYONE
I am doing it everyone. I am reading DARK ROOM ETIQUETTE even though just reading the summary of this book gives me anxiety. It’s fine, it’s fine, I promise. I think for a book about a LITERAL kidnapping, it’s pretty obvious you won’t be able to trust anyone in this one. I am reading it mostly because it’s Robin Roe but I am considering the possibility of having to DNF it and pick up something else if it gets too dark for me to bare.
READ A BOOK WITH A PLOT TWIST
Do I know if THE CHANDLER LEGACIES will have a plot twist? No. Have I seen anyone talking about a mindblowing twist throughout the book? No. But, c’mon – this is a book about secrets being revealed in a boarding school. Isn’t that a plot twist just waiting to happen? I believe in my deduction skills but I will tell you once I’ve read it.
Have you read any of these books? If so, how do you feel about them? Will you be participating in any readathons this October? Let’s chat in the comments!
4 comentários sobre “gothtober TBR”
I hope you have fun with this readathon 💜
Good luck with your TBR! I’ve been meaning to read My Best Friend’s Exorcism for a while, especially now that the movie’s out :D
Good luck with your TBR! ❤️ I hadn’t heard of Joseph Bruchac before, but I love spooky Middle Grade books, so I have to check them out 👀 I’m curious to hear what you think about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, I’ve also heard some mixed things! I also really need to reread The Wicked Deep, I read it ages ago but it was so atmospheric 🥰
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