Do you like The Exorcist? Wish it had crazy twists like a Missouri backroad? Do you like books that make you question everything you just read? This is the book for you.
T'was the Saturday before Halloween. What better way to show off that Halloween spirit than with a black and orange book stack.
Here it is. The final list of my to be read in October. I have to admit to a little trepidation. But even if I only make it through the first list, that's still ten books. That puts me ten books closer to my reading goal of one hundred books for the year. And just to give you fair forewarning, yes. There are three Disney villain books on here. I don't want to hear anything about how they're not scary. If a stepmother sending her stepkid into the woods to be killed isn't scary to you, you're on a whole different level than me. Plus, I may have Disney on the brain with an upcoming trip being planned. And BooBash looks like so much fun. Anyway. I also have a few re-reads. Because I loved them so much I have to revisit with them. Even if they scared the hell out of me the first time I read them. So, without further ado, here's the last eleven books on my thirty one in thirty one challenge. I've included my book bingo card again, in case you missed it on the last two blogs.
When you're talking about reading thirty one books in a month, it tends to get a little lengthy. But as promised, here is the next list of ten books on my to be read challenge
I'm a little over zealous more often than not. And I tend to find myself making ridiculous plans that I have no way to execute. This is a prime example. I started by making this very lovely book bingo card. It has spaces for twenty five books. But that wasn't good enough for me. Oh no. With Halloween prep and Blogtober (at least one blog a day, sometimes two) why wouldn't I attempt thirty one in thirty one. That's right. Thirty one books in the month of October. Meaning a book a day. Work days, weekends, even my birthday and Halloween.
So, research started. I wanted horror, dark fantasy, true crime (that is true horror), and even sci fi. I had to have diverse characters. I needed audiobooks (Gosh, I love Audible https://amzn.to/3zr2psf) so I can go through the books at work. Evenings and weekends could be Kindle e-books https://amzn.to/3EyUTiZ and actual physical books. Yes, those still exist. And, yes, I still sniff them, because, reasons. You would be surprised at how much you can read in the car when someone else is driving.
Once I had a list rolling, I noticed something. There was a decided lack of women and authors of color. Now, don't get it twisted. I love Stephen King as much as every other horror junkie. But Tananarive Due can scare the hell out of me just as well if not better. And let's talk about the queen, Shirley Jackson and her enduring tale The Lottery.
Now, I had a challenge. Add more diversity to the old white guy pool. And I think I did pretty well.