October Monthly Wrap-Up

Crushed on by kelly, on November 1, 2021, in Blogging, Book Recommendations, Feature, It's Personal, New Releases / 0 Comments

#SBS October Monthly Wrap-Up

Welcome to our monthly feature where we talk about what we read, adopted into our libraries, and what’s on our minds. After hosting #SignedBookSundays on instagram for 4+ years, we are transitioning to this format as a way to share signed books and talk about bookish (and personal) highlights. Join us the last Sunday or last day of every month (or whatever day today is…we are busy!)!

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What We Read

Kelly: I created a Spooky Reads TBR and it was very ambitious and hopeful, but I did read some great SPKYSZN books!

  • Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo – adult, messy queers, grief, and a southern gothic murder mystery!
  • The Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – I loved the witches & demons, and the overall witchy-ness of this one!
  • The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon – secret communities of the Fae & magical witches clash for freedom & rights, all wrapped into a very accepting trans narrative.
  • The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – adult romance, super cute, mildly steamy, and very witchy romcom!

Christy: IT’S SPOOKY SEASON!!!! (or, it was) So I was ALL IN on the spooky reads. Of course, now it’s time to switch to Christmas haha.

  • Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson – What could go wrong reading a post-apocalyptic pandemic book? This one was actually completely different than I thought it was and SO GOOD.
  • The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl – Lady vamps bonding together to get revenge on their trash vamp ex? Yes.
  • All These Bodies by Kendare Blake – Apparentely it was vampire month around here. Or is it? You’ll have to read this one and let me know what you think.
  • Brackenbeast by Kate Alice Marshall – Again, I would read Kate’s grocery list (and it would probably scare the shit out of me) so of course I had to read their follow up MG book. The third one was just announced and I CAN’T WAIT. If you love classic spooky Disney movies, this series is for you.

What We Hauled

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Kelly’s Highlights


  • Golden Boys by Phil Stamper – Queer summer adventures where you start figuring out who you are! – February 8th (courtesy of Bloomsbury YA)
  • The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder – Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones … and yeah that was all I needed to hear to request this one! – January 11th (courtesy of Penguin Teen)
  • Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden – when your future plans are all in place until it is shattered, then having to pick yourself up and figure out if your life is more than you thought. – January 25th (courtesy of Page Street YA)
  • Medusa by Jessie Burton – feminist retelling of the Greek myth with full page illustrations! – January 11th (courtesy of Bloomsbury YA)
  • The One True Me and You by Remi K. England – queer contemporary from an author I adore! – This one coming out on March 1st (courtesy of Wednesday Books)

Finished Copies:

  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (courtesy of Fierce Reads) & a signed copy from Third Place Books
  • The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta signed copy from Bear Pond Books
  • Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall – signed copy from East Bay Books!
  • Thronebreakers (Crownchasers #2) by Rebecca Coffindaffer – signed copy from The Raven Bookstore!

Christy’s Highlights

  • One True Me and You by M.K. England – TY to Wednesday Books. We are obsessed with M.K. around these parts and can’t WAIT for this one
  • Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson – TY to Simon for sending me one of the few fantasy authors I can read!
  • Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall – Perfect for spooky season.
  • Into Every Generation: A Slayer is Born by Evan Ross Kate – TY to Hachette. Now seems like the perfect time to dive into this non-fiction story, having just finished In Every Generation!

What We Hope to Read

Kelly’s TBR

I am never great with a real TBR, but most of the books I have are hopeful reads…but more specifically I have a few more spooky reads to tackle, then it’s usually the time I get into cozy fantasy stories, and I sure hope I get into the fantasy mood this year, because I am so far behind!

  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
  • Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked, #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Christy’s TBR

It’s officially Christmas (that’s what happens at midnight on Nov 1st, right?) so I am hoping to dive into Christmas reads soon. We have a post coming but here are some of the books I want to get to this month.

  • All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Next Door by Chelsea Bobulski
  • You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
  • Witch Please by Ann Aguirre

On the Top of Our Minds

Kelly: I am still in a time-warp vortex of days passing too fast and at the same time working feels like its forever…My blogging and bookstagramming are on my back burner but I have lots of great ideas for posts and one day if it’s still relevant maybe they will be drafted or hosted. I still have stacks of books to ship to people and I still find myself with a gigantic mental block for some reason and its like when will I find the time?! Ugh must do before this year is up.

Another month of buying 4xs as many books as I am reading…and the never ending TBR cycle continues.

Christy: I blinked and October flew by! We are officially in Colorado now and just experienced our first snow. Slowly making our way through the unpacking process – I think my library might almost be done? *cries in boxes*

I am also processing future employment opportunities and balancing grad school. I am 5 classes from being done (taking two now) and just not sure what opportunities I want to explore. I am not ready to go back to full time leadership, that I know. I’m not even sure I am ready to go back to work full time. I am in the middle of several interview processes and need to make a decision soon!

I’m in kind of a slump in books and TV. Anyone else? I did just finish Locke & Key – the season started rocky and picked up. Season 3 is going to be great. Going to finish You and then figure out what’s next? I also have a million eps of Arrowverse shows to watch.

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