What to Read? – My October 2020 TBR

It’s a week of lists. First you get what I bought last month. Then you get what I read last month. Now you get what I want to read this month!

That’s a lot of lists.

On to the TBR!

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Magic is scarce in the Raverran Empire, and those born with such powers are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon army, to be used as weapons in times of war.

Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire Empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

This book is also on my TBR for the year, so that makes me want to read it even more!

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They’re even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie’s doing okay until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.

It’s a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody’s gotta do it.

I’ve had Christopher Moore on my to read list for a while now, I just didn’t know where to start. Hopefully this is a good place!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

I’m not gonna lie, I discovered this book because of booktok. The description reeled me in though. I mean, trans and Lantinx representation? I’m there.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

I’ve read this before, but it’s been years. I want to give all four books a good read through, so I have to start here!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

I’ve wanted to read this book for a years and just never got around to it. Halloween is the perfect time!

Well, that’s all for my TBR. I’m more of a mood reader, so I don’t want to try and make a huge grandiose list of books that I know I won’t get to. That would be awkward.

So awkward.

14 thoughts on “What to Read? – My October 2020 TBR

  1. Right now- reading The Subtle Knife, which is the 2nd book in His Dark Materials series. It follows after The Golden Compass.
    How many books I read per month has a lot to do with what books I am reading


    • I’m the same way. I set out short TBR’s so I don’t feel guilty if I don’t hit that big number goal. If I enjoy the books I’m reading, I’ll read more of them. No joy equals fewer books.


      • Sometimes, I read books with long series= HP, Narnia, Sister’s Grimm and Avalon. But for the most part- they end up as trilogy


      • I finished a book series back in August where the author wrote 38 books in the world but each adventure has its own duology, trilogy, or stand-alone books. That’s not counting the anthologies that she didn’t write but are considered canon. I was busy that month.
        It was the Heralds of Valdemar books, in case you wanted to know. Good books, light reads.


  2. Read Wicked- did not like the book. However, I love the musical- which is severely different from the book.

    October, as of now, consists of the last two books of the His Dark Materials Series- The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass (those two came after The Golden Compass). I honestly don’t like the name of the series


    • I agree that the Wicked the book is very different than Wicked the musical. Very, very different. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, so we shall see if I still enjoy it!

      I’ve never read the His Dark Materials books. They are on my list of books to read though.


      • I really love Wicked’s musical a LOT more than the book.

        His Dark Materials- I don’t exactly like that title of that series. However, do like the series though


      • In His Dark Materials, the main character is female. Seriously, yes the series does get darker as you continue. However, if the main character is female, that almost makes no sense at all.


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