October wrap up

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a fantastic spooky month! I had lots of fun participating in the Gothtober readathon, where I learned that OH BOY my brain is not in the mood to read classics right now. But I read some really fantastic books this month so the good won out over the bad!

I am going to be a little quieter on here next month, as I have some very exciting news!! I am a judge for both the British Fantasy Awards AND the Aurealis Awards (the SFF awards here in Australia!) So I have a ton of things to read for judging and need to focus my time on that. I’ll have a few reviews I’ve already written, and I’ll be here for #5OnMyTBR every week but that’s it. I’ll be back in December with lots of best of 2020 lists, and some most anticipated lists for 2021!

Books read

I had a pretty good October, managing 9 books and 2 novellas. And yes I counted Phoenix Extravagant last month and I’m also counting it this month, but that is because I read half of it in each month. My favourite book of the month is definitely Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett, but I also loved White is for Witching, The Ghost Bride and Fingersmith!

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

Books hauled

Another batch of books from the library this month (first row)! Someone please stop me, I need to read the books I own (like the second row, which all arrived this month….)

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth

Luster by Raven Leilani

The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J Hackwith

Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

My blog posts

Book reviews

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

The Midnight Bargain by C.L Polk

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett




Enemies to lovers

Halloween freebie


September wrap-up

My favourite gothic fiction

The Rocky Horror Picture Show book tag

My favourite horror (and favourites of the future)


It was another awesome month in the blogging sphere, I was particularly excited to see some very unique and fun content between bloggers and some very amazing authors this month!

  • We all know I love gothic books and I love gay books so The Alliterates post about gay gothic books made my day and there are so many favourites (and hopefully soon to be favourites!) on their list!
  • I had the absolute most fun reading Lili’s (@Utopia State of Mind) post with THE Chloe Gong pairing YA novels and classic Shanghai foods!
  • Okay yes I love gothic books so here’s another post all about them! Kristen (@Kristen Kraves Books) posted about some favourite gothic books as well as some on their TBR!
  • More incredibly fun and unique author posts with Kate (@Your Tita Kate) who did The Poppy War book tag with the author of The Poppy War!
  • I always love Laura’s (@The Book Corps) recommendation posts because their taste in books is SO GOOD, and this month they spoke about 2021 releases they’re exited for! Bring on a new year! (Please god just make it not be 2020 anymore).

In addition to all the books I need to read for judging in November, I’m also going to be loosely participating in the Clear Your Shit readathon! I probably won’t be following the prompts, but just generally pushing myself to try clear some of the books I have on my physical TBR.

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