I can’t believe it’s actually October. We’re even halfway through the month. As much as I want 2020 to be over, wow is this second half going by quick.
Even though we’re halfway through the month, I wanted to share with you my TBR, and go over what I read in September and August!
[ Related: My Top 10 Book Releases of October 2020 ]
September Wrap Up
I got hit pretty hard with a reading slump in August, and it carried through September as well. Despite that, I did read some pretty good books. Here are all of the books I read last month:
read more for my thoughts on these books, and my october TBR!
October is here! It’s officially spooky season, the best time of the year.
And with spooky season comes a lot of new books. Seriously, this month is packed.
To make sense of all of this, I’ve made a list of my top ten releases of the month!
Note: These are in order of release date
[ Related: My Top 10 September 2020 Book Releases ]
Genre: Historical Fantasy (Adult)
Page Count: 448
Publisher: Tor Books
Addie LaRue made a bargain: live forever, but be forgotten by everyone she meets. But 300 years after the bargain was made, she meets a man in a bookstore who knows her name. I’ve been dying to read more from V. E. Schwab, and this one sounds amazing!
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Hello, I am so excited today to share with you an excerpt from A Golden Fury! Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with an earc of A Golden Fury and letting me take part in the blog tour!!
Title: A Golden Fury
Page Count: 352
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: 10/13/2020
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Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A Golden Fury (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone. The streets of London and Oxford come to life as this historical fantasy unravels. Weaving together an alluring story of magic and danger, Samantha’s debut has her heroine making messy decisions as she toes the line between good and evil while it becomes blurred.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.
While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
A Golden Fury and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.
Today I am so excited to share an interview with Kara McDowell, whose new book, One Way Or Another, just came out! We talked about inspiration, publishing, writing advice, mental health, and more.
Title: One Way Or Another
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: 10/6/2020
“The average person makes 35,000 decisions every single day. That’s about 34,999 too many for Paige Collins, who lives in debilitating fear of making the wrong choice. The simple act of picking an art elective is enough to send her into a spiral of what-ifs. What if she’s destined to be a famous ceramicist but wastes her talent in drama club? What if there’s a carbon monoxide leak in the ceramics studio and everyone drops dead? (Grim, but possible!)
That’s why when Paige is presented with two last-minute options for Christmas vacation, she’s paralyzed by indecision. Should she go with her best friend (and longtime crush) Fitz to his family’s romantic mountain cabin? Or should she accompany her mom to New York, a city Paige has spent her whole life dreaming about?
Just when it seems like Paige will crack from the pressure of choosing, fate steps in — in the form of a slippery grocery store floor — and Paige’s life splits into two very different parallel paths. One path leads to New York where Paige falls for the city . . . and the charms of her unexpected tour guide. The other leads to the mountains where Paige might finally get her chance with Fitz . . . until her anxiety threatens to ruin everything.
However, before Paige gets her happy ending in either destiny, she’ll have to face the truth about her struggle with anxiety — and learn that you don’t have to be “perfect” to deserve true love.”
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Booktok is the side of TikTok dedicated solely to books and author. It’s where readers and writers can share their experiences, talk about their favorite books, and make other bookish friends.
I’ve been posting booktok content on my TikTok account since December of 2019. For some reason, in March, one of my videos blew up. Then another. Then another. It was surreal. Now, I’ve been a booktoker for around 9 months (6 months of posting daily), and I’ve learned quite a few things about the platform.
So, if you’re new to booktok, or you’re a seasoned booktoker looking to grow their audience, I have some tips for you that might help.
I can’t promise this will make your videos blow up– I can’t pretend to understand the TikTok algorithm- but hopefully these tips can help a little.
I’m planning on making this a series on my blog, where I dive into everything booktok related. Part 2 will hopefully be coming soon, going into the history of booktok and how to start your own!
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