October 2021 Reading Plans | October 2021 TBR

October is here, it’s officially spooky season, and it’s time to talk about my October 2021 reading plans! I never usually read horror before. Not by a long shot because I’m a HUGE scaredy cat. I jump at the littlest of things and reading or watching horror would have spooked me out to no end. But something that I found out very recently is that apparently I do have a stomach for horror books. This realization came about after reading Stephen King’s The Shining for the Bookbound Club that we host on YouTube. And now, a whole new genre has opened up to me!

So this time, when one of my favorite people on the planet, Smriti, from the YouTube channel Sant Reads brought out the second edition of her Scaredy Cat Readathon, and asked me if I would co-host with her, I said YES! Obviously. The readathon will span the month of October and is the easiest workaround to participating in a Halloween-themed readathon. Another reason why this is pretty easy to do is because there are only 3 prompts – enough to get you invested, few enough to have no pressure on you. 😀

In today’s post, I’m talking about my TBR for the Scaredy Cat Readathon and some other books as well. Basically my October 2021 reading plans are chaotic because the books are HUGE, to say the least. So… Let’s go!

Books for the Scaredy Cat Readathon:

#1 – A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

For the prompt: A book that you are scared of or that intimidates you.

I bought this book with a lot of fanfare and determination to read it, but I’ve always been scared of picking it up. So when this prompt came up, I told myself enough was enough and that it was about time I dived in and read it. So I will now be reading A Suitable Boy this month. I need all the luck possible and more to get through this absolute brick of a book.

Another reason why I picked it up was because it was mentioned in The Reading List, a book that we read as part of my DramaQueenAThon book club recently and loved a lot. The very evening that I finished reading it, I looked up at my bookshelf, having the sudden urge to read it. But patience works, I think, and now that I need it more than ever, I want believe in this even more!

#2 – Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

For the prompt: A book that you are scared into or one that you’re reading because of FOMO. Everyone is reading it and now, you’re forced into reading it.

It was pretty easy to choose a book for this prompt, honestly. This book is EVERYWHERE! I’ve seen so many people read this book and love it that I immediately added this book to my TBR. I’ve had the e-copy on my Kindle for ages but never got around to reading it. So when the chance presented itself to add it to my October 2021 TBR, I jumped. I somehow have a good feeling about this one, although I should probably go in with fewer expectations in order to not disappoint myself if things go south.

But I don’t see how a very royal, gay love story, which is witty AF (from the small snippets I’ve seen on social media) can go wrong. Still, fingers crossed.

#3 – As You Like It – William Shakespeare

For the prompt: A book that you are scared by or a book that is out of your comfort zone.

I’m going to keep this short, okay? I’m not a Shakespeare fan, probably because I haven’t read enough of his works to form a well-informed opinion about his writing. And whatever I’ve read definitely made me go all unnnghghghg because it wasn’t my thing. His poetic writing is complicated and it just didn’t cut it for me. But I do have a couple of his works on my TBR and I thought this comedy, which I’ve already read the abridged version of in school, would make it easier for me to digest Shakespeare.

#4 – Remnants of a Separation – Aanchal Malhotra

I do a series called Subscriber Pick on my YouTube channel where every month, my subscribers pick a book for me to read, vlog, and review. Remnants of a Separation was the Subscriber Pick for the month of September 2021, which I’m still in the middle of and correctly predicted that I would take into October.

This is a nonfiction book in which the author examines the concept of memory through personal belongings that people brought over to India or took over to Pakistan during and after the Partition in 1947 amidst all the chaos. I’m 110 pages into it and I must say, it’s heartbreaking, unnerving, and saddening to read the accounts of people who suffered so much in so many ways.

#5 – Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir

This is the October pick for the Bookbound Club that Fandom Newbie, Meera Nair, and I host on YouTube every month. It is also a book that I will be reviewing exclusively for members of my YouTube channel.

Andy Weir’s latest offering, Project Hail Mary, is a science fiction novel that takes place in space, much like The Martian. I am super excited to read this especially because of Andy Weir’s writing reputation that precedes him. His writing is said to be funny and absolutely hilarious, and especially in these times, I could do with a laugh or two or a hundred. I cannot wait to get started on this and devour it in time for the Bookbound Club liveshow on the 30th of October on my YouTube channel.

#6 – The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill

A children’s fantasy book, this is one that got picked unanimously for the DramaQueenAThon book club that I host. This story is about Luna, a girl who is raised by a witch, and who suddenly finds herself with powers. She now has to figure out how to use her powers and to control them before she ends up doing terrible things.

Who am I to say no to this fantasy story, especially when it sounds so awesome? I’m thinking it is easy to read and so, I will be able to get through it in time for our discussion on October 16th.

#7 – The Girl Next Door – Jack Ketchum

Another book that we picked for DramaQueenAThon, I didn’t read the blurb for this book because sometimes, I like to go into a book without knowing anything about it. But one of my subscribers mentioned some trigger warnings including violence and murder, since it is supposed to be loosely based on the murder of one Sylvia Likens. Thank you to Anusha, my subscriber, for bringing the information forward.

#8 – War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Oooof. This one is a TOME too. A classic that was on my list of 21 books I want(ed) to read in 2021. I’m buddy reading this with Nandini, a friend from Instagram and the handle read.dream.repeat, and one of the best people to buddy read books with. We had agreed to read this together and even started it in January, but circumstances stopped us in our tracks and we never got past a hundred pages. But now, we’re determined to read the book, cover to cover, before the end of the year. And I know we’re going to have an amazing discussion, as always!

#9 – Daddy’s Gone A Hunting – Mary Higgins Clark

I’m buddy reading it with three of my friends: Sunshine, Chaitra, and Avinash – Instagram profiles linked.

This book, sitting obscure on my TBR so far, made it onto my October 2021 TBR as a consequence of us reading The Wife Between Us and HATING it. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t think we’ll end up hating this one as well before even reading it. But our thought went more on the lines of reading thrillers to find out how they will turn out to be. And I know that somehow, this endeavour will give us fun in our discussions, if nothing else. 😛

#10 – The Places I’ve Cried in Public – Holly Bourne

This book was recommended to me by Sunshine and is on the list of books that I could give up my TBR for. A story about a person retracing their places in a failed relationship, this seems like the kind of book that I would bawl in public for, not just cry. And that’s all I’m going to say about it for the time being. Let’s see how it further goes.

So those were my October 2021 reading plans. What are your plans for October 2021? Have you read any of these books? Are you adding any of these books to your TBR? Do you already have any of these books on your TBR? Will you be buying any of these books? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

That’s all for now. I’ll see you in the next blog post.

Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀

All pictures sourced from Amazon/Goodreads/publication websites.

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