October Reading Plans

Hello, October! In the blink of an eye, the trees have changed color and the ground has a coating of leaves. It is amazing how quickly this change happens. I’m totally here for this shift because I am so ready to start my burrowing for the year. There’s nothing better than getting cozied up with a big stack of books and I have stars in my eyes thanks to my reading plans. I have been procuring books like mad (mostly through the library, thankfully) to ensure that I have a book available no matter what mood strikes. I took this picture of my book cart early last week and it’s changed a bit since then; keep reading to see the actual stack of books I’m hoping to tackle.


Listen. I know how ridiculous this looks. And it IS ridiculous. But the possibilities, my friends. Oh, the possibilities. Some of these books have been on my list for months (Fresh Water for Flowers, The Anomaly, the Louise Erdrich’s, Jonathan Strange, Tomb of Sand) and I’m not ready to give up on myself. Some are for a special writing project I’m hoping to tackle (more on that soon) that feels out of my reach. Some are leftovers from the Booker long list that I haven’t managed to read. Several are inspired by Fiction Matters and the non-stop buddy reads on Discord.

No matter where the inspiration came from, there’s still only so many hours in the day and none of us can read as much as we’d like. So: priorities, I have a few. (but no regrets!)

October Priorities:

  • Everything in the stack on the right because they’re library books and have due dates. What was I thinking? The good thing is that I finished one on Friday, so the stack is one book shorter!
  • Catch up on the Erdrich-Along! Can I read three Louise Erdrich’s in a month? I’ve done it before. And yet…
  • The Marriage Portrait. I have the most beautiful edition from Blackwell’s.
  • The Secret History!! A BIG Fiction Matters buddy read. I’m reading my old copy on my Kindle, but Blackwell’s has a gorgeous 30th Anniversary Edition if you’re interested in that sort of thing. I started on Saturday night and have already settled into the coziest little nook of my imagination. But of course, things will turn dark very soon.
  • Continue steady progress on Lonesome Dove. 3-4 chapters a day.
  • Finish the second section of When You Greet Me I Bow.
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad for the Fiction Matters Group Read. I will not be reading the original Frankenstein in preparation, unlike other FM members.

And here’s a visual of my TBR on paper. I got serious last week and crossed out anything that no longer struck me, so this is pared down to what I’d actually like to accomplish as of publishing this post. I have a feeling that many of the struck out books will reappear on future lists.

I’m telling myself that nothing else is to be added in October. Anything else that “must be read” will go on the next page for a future month. My goal is to finish October with a few more filled in boxes and to stay focused on what I’ve already planned. Famous last words? Only time will tell.

Now tell me – is there a book you’re looking forward to reading this month? Do we have any overlaps? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. I’m planning to be back on Wednesday to share what I’ve finished in the last week. Until then – take good care!

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  1. I love the reading list. Sometimes the actual books, not the ones I get through my online library, seem a little overwhelming and I don’t know where to start. I think a list would help keep me focused. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. I say go for an ambitious list! Other than books that have to go back to the library, you have nothing to lose by setting your sights high — the books won’t go bad if you don’t get to them! I have The Marriage Portrait at the top of my list, and I should be getting Nightcrawling and Booth from the library soon (I’m hoping this week). And of course The Round House is on my list for this month.

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  3. Phew! That is quite a list. Can’t wait to see how it all goes. My own TBR priorities are to finish Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet series. I’ve read two in the five-book series. Have requested the remaining three via interlibrary loan and am waiting for them to come in. In the meantime, I am rereading Miss Read. It seems l am on a binge of reading British women writers.

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    1. Why Fish Don’t Exist sounds fascinating – thank you for bringing it to my attention! The Overstory is on my radar but hasn’t made it to my paper list yet. But I’m adding it to my December list NOW! I hope you enjoy The Secret History — I’m having fun with it!

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  4. My main focus this month is going to be The Woman in White and the read-aloud with my teen daughter which is Dracula. She picked it for our October atmospheric read-aloud together. I am also listening to Midnight Sun on audio. My hubby and I watch the Twilight series every October and we just started that this weekend. 🙂 I actually started Midnight Sun before we watched the first movie this weekend and am trying to stay ahead of the game in the storyline with the audiobook and the movies.

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  5. That is an impressive reading list, Katie! I loved The Secret History… and can’t wait to hear what you think!

    I say… yay to big book lists! They are the best big lists of all!

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    1. I seem to be enjoying The Secret History a lot more than when I first read it in 2016! It’s perfect for this fall weather 🙂 And I agree with you – a big book list IS the best!

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  6. I have Marriage Portrait on my long October list … if it slides to November, I won’t be sad – I’ve been looking forward to it for so long and I’m not sure I’m ready to leave that anticipation phase behind! and I started listening to Frankenstein yesterday … a classic I never read and it’s so good.

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    1. I’m impressed that you’re tackling Frankenstein and happy that you’re enjoying it. I just couldn’t imagine adding anything else to my October list! Realistically, I think I’ll have to push Marriage Portrait to November too — I’m glad to know that I might have good company on that 🙂 Happy October reading!

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      1. I must say, Frankenstein is surprisingly readable (or listenable … Dan Stevens narrates and he’s great) … not at all what I was expecting.

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  7. And I thought having eight on loan from the library was ambitious. My big goal for this month is not to request more books from the library as I have a pile of Christmassy books which I own and determined that this will be the year I read some of them!

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  8. Oooh that is a big stack of books! I have nine from the library right now, but some of them are renewable, so if anyone needs me, I’ll be reading. I’m reading Lessons in Chemistry right now; everyone has been raving about it! It’s good so far, I’m only 50 pages in.

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    1. I’ll be interested in reading what you think about Lessons in Chemistry. I haven’t been compelled to pick it up but that can always change!!

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  9. I read Frankenstein years ago, when I was in school, and don’t feel the need to re-read it before reading Frankenstein in Baghdad. I do plan to re-read The Round House and to read The Marriage Portrait. Big book lists are great because you can always carry them over into the next month!

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