October is the time of year when the world goes into Halloween mode and I go into a state of complete panic because I haven’t read the books that I planned to read across the year. And this year, 2020, is no different, even though 2020 has been such a huge dumpster fire of a year that I can’t even begin to explain why I hate this year so much! But books are evergreen and at least reading-wise, a lot of good has happened, so let’s focus on that and make plans accordingly.
In this blog post, I will talk about a number of things, including the books I plan to read in October, the plans I have for my YouTube channel, blog, and Bookstagram account, and the hopes I have pinned on this month. I don’t know where I will be when November starts, but I hope it’s going to be a better place.
I usually make TBR videos and post them on YouTube and this month’s video went up early on October 1st. There are a bunch of books that I spoke about that I want to read, but there’s also a bunch of books that I couldn’t speak about because they’re part of my secret TBR this month and I didn’t want to out myself that way.
Anyway, here’s the video if you’d like to watch it: October 2020 TBR
I’ve spoken about the books in the video – except the ones that I’m carrying over from September, my secret TBR, and some book club misunderstandings – so I’ll just list them out here, divided as per :
- Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
- The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
- The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Carrying Over from September
- To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini
- The Inimitable Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
Publisher Review Copies
- The Wild Way Home – Sophie Kirtley
- Ahalya – Koral Dasgupta
- The Great Godden – Meg Rosoff
(in addition to Rebecca and The Goldfinch)
- The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell
- Maus – Art Spiegelman
- Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
My DramaQueenAThon Book Club Picks for October
- My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell
- Slay – Brittney Morris
Subscriber Pick for October
- Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
(in addition to Anxious People)
- Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir (not ALC, but need to read it for the next one)
- Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
- The Beauty of Your Face – Sahar Mustafah
- What We See in the Smoke – Ben Berman Ghan
- Ritu Weds Chandni – Ameya Narvankar
These are the books that I plan to read, but in addition to these, I have 6 other books that are part of my secret TBR and I can’t talk about them yet. Not because I promised someone or anything, but because I don’t want to give up the “suspense”.
I have so many plans for BookTube, oh Lord, what do I tell you and where do I start? I’ve never had such a surplus of ideas for my BookTube channel before and I love that I do! Only thing that I have to do now is conceptualize and film a bunch of videos and keep them ready so that I am not scrambling for cover at the last minute. But still, I do have a vague idea about how to go about doing this. Which is why I’m a little calm at the moment.
For those of you who don’t know, I have a YouTube channel where I talk mostly about books, but also occasionally make a few travel-related and movie-related videos as well. If you’d like to keep up, then please do head over to my channel and subscribe to stay updated.
Here’s the channel link: The Melodramatic Bookworm
Here are the goals I have for my BookTube channel:
- Cross 1675 subscribers on the channel.
- Post good content: reading vlogs, reaction videos, book reviews, book recommendation lists, and one or two book tags.
It’s not much, but given the number of things I’m planning to do work-wise, I feel like this is realistic as well as good enough. So, fingers crossed!
I’ve always kind of neglected my blog even though I started it way before BookTube or Bookstagram came along. But this October, I feel like I need to seriously – and I mean SERIOUSLY – try to be regular on here and post more. I will be changing the layout of my blog in a few months, but until then, let’s take full advantage and play around with the content that I can post.
Here are the goals I have set for my blog:
- Cross 325 followers.
- Post regularly – every alternate day.
- Diversify content. Post more book reviews and book lists perhaps? I’m only vaguely clear on this.
- Make sure content is good enough to attract 1000 visitors in the month. It’s small, but it’s important.
And I’m starting off working on these goals with this post! Wish me luck, people!
I haven’t been very active on Bookstagram these past few months, but I really want to get back on track with posting and interacting. But every such plan is thwarted because of the volume of work engulfing me at any given time.
However, I’m hoping that October will be the month where I make it all better I become active.
Here’s my Bookstagram page if you’d like to follow me: The Melodramatic Bookworm
Here are the goals that I have for my Bookstagram account:
- Post regularly – at least 15 posts in the month.
- Cross 3200 followers.
That’s it. Those are the goals and plans that I have for the month of October! Let me know which books you’re planning to read, what goals you have, and if there’s any particular topic you’d like me to write about.
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀