October TBR // Historical Fiction

October TBR // Historical Fiction

Hey guys, so after a not so successful reading month in September, here are my ambitious plans for October! Happy reading, let’s chat!

September TBR –
Stand Up To The TBR #3 –
Series I Need To Finish –
Lauren and the Books –
Whitty Novels –


A Bad Boy Stole My Bra by Lauren Price –
A Girl Behind Dark Glasses by Jessica Taylor-Bearman –
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong –
Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert –
The Red House by Mark Haddon –
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld –
Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol –
Wonder by R. J. Palacio –
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne –
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows –
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson –
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi –



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hey guys welcome back to my channel Simone here today I'm going to be talking about my October TBR so all the books I plan on reading in October now September didn't go as well for me because my boyfriend and I are kind of getting into a new routine and so I just haven't had the time to read as much this month as I would like to I'm stopped planning on doing a TBR and hoping that it will give me the motivation to kind of get reading a bit more I do plan on the beginning of this month just reading the three sign up to the TBR books that I haven't finished last month now when I film this it's a few days early for the end of September so possibly I might finish them in the rest of the month but if I don't I'm gonna read them at the beginning of October just because I want to do a sign up to the TBR video at the end of October sometime and understanding to have read them by then but the other books I'm kind of reading and then talk about today so the first year I have are NetGalley books that I have been sent by the publishers to give a review of and so I have two of them now the two I've got this month they're actually ones that have already come out and they came both came out in July I believe but I still wanted to read them and talk about them on this channel but I sent a book called a bad boy stole my bra by Lauren price and that was sent to me by black-and-white publishing so they thank you very much to them and this book I believe follows a girl who wakes up one morning to find her new neighbor hanging out of her bedroom window holding her bra and I don't know anything else about the story it sounds weird it sounds interesting and hopefully I'll be really good I think um I don't think I've heard many people talking about this but I feel like it's probably gonna be quite funny anyway so yeah that's definitely one I wanted to read this month and then the other one I was sent was a book called a girl behind dark glasses by Jessica Taylor femme and this was sent to me by hashtag impressive again thank you to them but this is actually a memoir about Jessica who has an Emmy I believe and I really want to read this because chronic illness is something that I have some experience of not myself but my mum suffers from fibromyalgia so I do understand the chronic illness and kind of a lot of people around me generally as well also have it work and things like that so I don't know too much about Emmys like so I'm quite interested to find out a bit more and kind of be a bit more educated about – basically and yeah I've heard this is quite a good one so again it's already out so do you go and check out if you haven't but hopefully I will really enjoy this one and it will be a good one to read this month and usually you know I do three library books through sign up to the TV are books but I don't have any sent to the TBR books left apart from the ones obviously from last month and I'm not taking what set up the library right now just because I'm trying to kind of really focus on my shelf so I've just picked six books that I really wanted to read and I want to talk about in here I'm gonna be totally honest with you I I know October is kind of this book he reads I haven't really got any spooky reads on this list just because as I said before I'm not really a seasonal reader I probably will make a video to do with Halloween books and kind of spooky means but um it's just not something that I specifically will read at that time of year and you know that I read thrillers a lot of the time throughout the year anyway so yeah this is gonna be an interesting one but let's talk about those now so the first one I have is bitten by Kelly Armstrong and Alice is a book I believe there's a Netflix series which is what sort of introduced me to this the idea of the story in the first place but it's about a girl named Elena Michaels who is actually the only female werewolf and one day something happens she's trying to live a normal life but she kids son of sucks back into their the pack and things like that and I think that she perhaps their decide whether or not to help them and she doesn't really have a choice really either so yeah it sounds like a really interesting one and again I really watch the TV series so I feel like if I read this then I'm allowed to watch the TV series up next I have a short one it's actually a sort of middle grade story I believe but this is a story that I've obviously heard lots about as a child it's just kind of like a classic children's story and I've watched a lot of side of tensions of it but I've never actually read the book so hopefully I will get around to it this month and that is Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert this is the one of the words with classics editions which I think are really really beautiful I just left the the illustration on the front of and again if I don't really need to explain too much what womanhood is but it's about an outlaw who lives in not show at forest yeah and with a kind of tribe of merry men and made merry and I believe was the other one as well yes and he Rob's from the rich to give to the poor and that's really all I need to say next up I have the red house by Mark Haddon Mark Haddon is the author of the Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time which is a book I haven't actually read and but this book sounded like something that was really interesting to me it's kind of about family dynamics and things like that I think this is about a brother and sister Angela and Richard who have they don't haven't spoken to each other for about twenty years and then their mother dies and Angela and her family and Richard and his family all decide to go on holiday oh they stay in this one out of the red house learn assuming together the eight of them and it's about what happens there and then it's about them confronting each other and the truth of what's happened over the years and this sounds really interesting I'm quite interested in the kind of family dynamics of like people not getting on and then how they kind of resolve that so yeah I'm really in should die for her that this is quite a sad book that might make me cry so I'm gonna have to keep an eye out for that but yeah really interested in this and if I like this then I will hopefully buy a copy of the Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time the next book is actually a new series but I'm gonna start apparently I haven't learned my lesson and as you all know from my video I planted on Monday I was talking about all the series I haven't finished yet so yes apparently starting a new one is a good idea and I do own all the books in the series however so hopefully I will actually read them and the first one of that is uglies by Scott Westerfeld which is a dystopian story about a society where when you turn 16 you become a pretty but before that you are an ugly and I believe it's about the main character who's called Tali who is nearly at the point of becoming a pretty when something happens to her best friend I think her best friend runs away and she has to be the decide whether to turn her friend in and become a pretty or whether to stick with her and I'm really interested in this like I said I love and dystopian stories generally so this is definitely one of those ones that I'm excited for and like I said I think there's actually no like before books in this area I've got the first three books and this is one if I really like then hopefully I can continue on and also these don't take me very long to read and the writing is quite large in it so yeah this could be quite a good one next up is a book that I bought my boyfriend for I think I'm his birth there won't be Christmas a couple of years ago and he's actually read it and so I'm gonna read it to see what I think he likes you didn't love it I think so I'm interested seeing what my perspective of it is so this is second born by Amy a bottle and I don't know too much about this other than I think it's got something to do fast bonds I like the rulers of society second borns are the property of the government and third ones are not tolerated and I think again it sounds kind of dystopian in nature so this sounds quite good um I didn't know though I knew he had some issues with it so possibly I want those issues as well or maybe I love it so we'll find out once I've read it and the last one of the kind of ones I've decided just to pick off my shelves is wonder by RJ Palacio which is about a young boy named August Perlman I think yeah who has a severe facial deformity and so is it's about him going to school and going through life with that and how he deals with it I've seen the I went to see a film with my friend from work maybe a year or so ago and the trailer for wonder was actually showing in the cinema beforehand and it looks really I mean it got me quite emotional just watching the trailer so I can only imagine the film will really make me like the side of myself but I really want to read the book classic sight I don't like to watch films without having read the book first if I know that they aren't films this copy also has like and film photographs inside as well so that's quite interesting and hopefully out I really like this one it's meant to be quite good read I've had lots of people love it so yeah I'm excited so then we're onto my three books from a specific genre and this month I picked historical fiction now as I said before I know a lot of people like to read spooky books in October from I like cozy books I like historical fiction it just makes me happy and I had some good ones on my shelves that I want to get to so these are the three that I have picked the first one although cozy is literally heartbreaking I've actually seen the film of this before and it made me cry a lot so I feel like I'm interested see whether the book makes me cry as well or if it's done in a quite different way or not and this is the boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne which follows a young boy named Bruno whose father works for Hitler and the kind of Nazi regime in general and they move from their normal big house that they have to a small area in the countryside now what he doesn't know is that they're actually living very close to the concentration camp of Auschwitz I believe I believe it's a schvitz actually I'm not sure it's definitely a concentration camp I'm not sure which but Bruno is bored because there's nobody around none of his friends are there and so he goes exploring in their kind of woods around the area and he comes across a fence and a little boy who's sitting the other side of the fence called Schmoll who's wearing striped pajamas and he doesn't quite understand it and they strike up a bit of a friendship and it's kind of about that and the obviously things that happen in the Second World War as it goes along and he doesn't really understand what's happening and why um and yeah I'm I loved the film of this it was a like a beautiful film say it obviously tariffs terrifying and horribly sad but yeah I'm interested to read the book because like I said I've seen the film copy of times now and the next one I have I don't need too much about the storyline of but I've heard a lot of people raving about this and and I believe it's been made into a film again so another film that I might get to what I read this one and that is the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie barrings I'm just gonna read the synopsis because I don't action in the story lot like the storyline very much it says here it's 1946 and Orpha Juliet Ashton can't think what to write next out of the blue she receives a letter from Dorsey Adams of Guernsey by chance he's acquired a book that once belonged to her and spurred on by their mutual love of reading they begin a correspondence when Dorsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie Society Juliet's curiosity is piqued and it's not long before she begins to hear from other members as letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey and to the German occupation Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name so it sounds really good and again it's not very long I think it's like what's it it's not even 250 pages so again this is a really quick one that hopefully I'll get through quite quickly and I'm really excited to read and then the third and final historical fiction book that I want to read I think takes place around the first world war and try to remember the day of the first of all I think it's 1914 to 1918 so this probably does take time around that I'm probably even the Second World War as well but its life after life by Kate Atkinson which is a book that I've had Lauren in the books talk about all the time she's like loves this book so much and I'm really really excited to read it because of that and just because I've had this book it's really great and this is probably the longest book her foot on the list this month so this one is one that all up would take me a little while but I'm actually really excited about it and it follows ma snoke there's a snowstorm in England in 1910 and in the first synopsis in the first part of the story the baby a baby is born and then dies before she can take her first breath in the second like string of this book the baby's born and lives and then I believe each time there's like a something that happens there's some the person the girl lives or she dies and I think it's sort of about that again I don't know too much that's not I didn't even know how they've managed to actually write that in and make it not confusing so I feel like that could have lots of different strings and be everywhere so yeah I'm very curious about it and excited because I know that it has had lots of praise on but even so I'm excited to read it so then we run to my surprise but of the month I always pick a book from my basically I go onto Goodreads and I ordered them by random that ones they own and I pull one up and I will read whatever that one is for the month so this one this month I'm going to press the button I have it over here I'm just going to press the button now I have pressed and we were seeing what both I'm gonna be reading this month I'm quite interested to read quite a few of the books on my child so let's see what we get okay okay I know this could be interesting I have heard a lot about this book and I'm not that excited to read it from totally honest with you but I will read it we'll see how it goes I have here Shaktar Me by Tahereh Mafi I think that's how you say her name I can't remember um Whitney from witchy novels is obsessed with this I feel like I've heard about this book multiple times on her channel and it's like a better favorite book in the entire world um the thing I don't like about this book I don't know the storyline nothing about it when I opened it a lot of the story you would know to see because it went zoom in but on the back if you see it says like I have a curse which is crossed out and it says I have a gift throughout the book there's a lot of words that Frost actually crossed out inside and that kind of irritates Mayo in line there's like whole sentences crossed out sometimes there's whole paragraphs crossed out like if you didn't mean to write it why did you put in but like it's frustrating I know it's supposed to be symbolic I'm sure but yeah I don't like it I'm not a fan of that writing thing but maybe I'll enjoin the book and I'll take it all back at the end of the month when I've read it and really loved it so anyway this is the one I will be reading for my random pick um we'll see how it goes so there we have it that is my October TBR they are the books that I'm hoping to read in October let me know in the comments below what you're going to be reading October because I'm really excited and let me know if you're going to be if you choose to read sort of thriller books in October or whether you go completely differently like me and read something completely different so give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already press the little notification mail if you want notified whenever I upload which will meet Monday and Fridays at 5 p.m. so do come back and check out my channel then and I'll see you my next one bye guys


  1. Your video won’t help my TBR haha ! I wanted to read Wonder when it was released a few years ago but didn’t manage to, so I might try it for this year or beginning of next one ! Second born sounds quite interesting, i love a good dystopian novel, looking forward to hear what you think about that one.
    I really need to read some Kate Atkinson… haven’t read any yet !

  2. aww that Robin Hood cover is so cute! I need to read and watch the movie for Wonder, it looks very powerful. I also watched the movie adaptation of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and it is heartbreaking indeed…
    good luck with your tbr ^^

  3. I liked the crossing out in Shatter Me because it showed her mental state and how it had deteriorated, but I can definitely see why not everyone would. Omgosh, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I watched the movie (haven't read the book) but it was so hard to watch. I also enjoyed Wonder and Uglies. I don't know if there's a genre I read more in October or not.. lol

  4. I've never heard anyone mention the crossing out in Shatter Me – it's a book I have no interest in reading though. I may be reading Wonder, I haven't gone through my 'choose my next read' video yet to see what came out on top! I'm a mood reader, I'm not a seasonal reader, so I don't automatically think thriller or horror just because it's October

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