October TBR Books by Rachel Oates

October 2016 TBR

This year I set myself a reading challenge of 75 books this year, as I’m edging closer to that goal I’ve decided to extend it to 80. This month I’ve already read Jodi Picoult’s Plain Truth and Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle but here are the rest of the books on my TBR (to be read) list for this October:

Y: The Last Man – Volumes 3 and 4

I started reading this series a while back now and fell in love with it but I never finished it. This month I want to read the next 2 volumes.

The dystopian sci-fi series follows Yorick and his pet monkey who are the only 2 males left on Earth after all other men mysteriously die. As women take over society, Yorick has to try to find his way through the world and figure out why he survived.

The last volume, however, ended with the discovery that 2 men were actually still alive on the International Space Station so it’ll be interesting to see what happens to them in Volume 3.

The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

I’ve read a couple of Jodi Picoult’s books so far. It started with all the hype around My Sister’s Keeper. I figured she was probably just another one of those overrated authors who churns out an average book every year but people keep reading her stuff because of her name… but I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong!

So far I’ve read My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and Plain Truth and thoroughly enjoyed every one. She has a way of telling a story you can’t stop reading. She creates realistic and empathetic characters and never quite reveals everything until the end.

This next one I want to read is The Storyteller which is based around the Holocaust. Josef Weber is confesses that he was a Nazi SS guard. He asks the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor to help him die. It’s got all the ethical questions that most of Picoult’s books make you think about but with the historical context this one should be a pretty interesting one!

October TBR Books by Rachel Oates

Topics About Which I Know Nothing – Patrick Ness

I’ve heard a lot about Patrick Ness but never actually read any of his books. And I figured a collection of short stories was as good an introduction as any.

I love short story collections. I think they’re entirely underrated. They’re how I was introduced to legends like Neil Gaiman and not so well known but just as brilliant authors like Ryan O’Neill. A good short story is difficult to write but I’m excited about reading this collection!

Write – Phil Daoust (ed.)

No TBR list would be complete for me without a non-fiction addition. I found this little book in the library and picked it up on a whim. It contains chapters, lists and advice from some of the best writers out there.

I love writing (if you haven’t noticed) but I know I still have a long way to go before I’m a good writer. I figured this book could help me out.

Of course, the key to becoming good at anything is practice and lots of it. But you can’t be a good writer without reading a lot. Getting advice from the experts also helps so I figured this book would be a good choice. 🙂


Hopefully, I’ll fit in a couple of other books but these are the main ones I want to get through! Let me know what you think of this list down in the comments. Plus, let me know what you’re reading this month!


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