I was a very/shockingly productive reader in September and have had a generally good year in terms of tackling my TBR list. That said, I haven’t be reading much in October. The only book I’m currently reading is Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, as part of my YA Mental Health Book project. However, that has been slow because I’m reading less than one story a day. The short stories are great, but I’ve been focused on other things.
When October started, I hyperfocused on my writing to 1) get prep for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and 2) get ready for Author Mentor Match (AMM), a program that matches people who are ready to query agents with writers who already have agents and are going through the publication process or already published. I felt like AMM was exactly what I needed to finally start doing something about one finished story I’ve been sitting on for a while, but since I found out about it somewhat late in the game (the applications open October 15), I’ve been rushing to get the query letter, synopsis, first few chapters, and overall manuscript ready. Because even if I don’t get selected for AMM, I want to use this momentum to keep querying.
Bottom Line: I’ve been writing and editing a lot, which is great, I just haven’t been reading.
Solution: A list of books to read in celebration of Halloween. These aren’t necessary super-Halloween-y books. They’re just books that I have, want to read, and have a creepy or suspenseful air to them, and it may be easier to make time for them if they’re tied into the season. I definitely won’t have them all finished by Halloween, but hopefully I’ve read at least a few so let’s see what happens. And the books are… *drum roll*
The Westing Game isn’t a creepy book (to my knowledge). I just need to read it and return it to my sister, who keeps recommending it to me. It should be a quick and easy victory to start off this project.
Contagion and Sadie were Scribbler books that I’ve already posted about. I haven’t started them, but they both seem perfect for the Halloween season. I didn’t start Sadie right away because a podcast features heavily in the narration and I therefore wanted to listen to it on audiobook.
The Lies We Told is my Book of the Month book for October. I almost selected a sci-fi book that was more up my alley (not that this one isn’t in my alley). Until I realized that elements of the plot–the family deception–are similar to elements and themes that I’m including in my largest writing project (the first part of which I’m submitting to AMM). I want to read this specifically to help inform and strengthen my own writing about deception and family intrigue.
The Hazel Wood was an impulse buy for me. I was going to get it as a library book, but the cover was too beautiful. And since it’s about dark fairy tales and a creep/supernatural woods, it fits as a Halloween read.
Anyway, hopefully by writing this post, I’m burning into my mind that I will finish the books before moving on to anything else. I don’t anticipate I’ll finish them all by October 31, but I should be done with them in November for sure.