Thursday, 1 October 2015

Books I'm Squeeing About in October

It's October, which means it's BIRTHDAY MONTH in our household, which basically translates to ALL THE BOOKS. Luckily this month is slightly lighter on the books I'm squeeing about in advance, although I'm sure I'm going to find plenty as I go through the month that I am desperate to get hold of. But for now here are the four books I'm squeeing about in October!

1st October - The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff
The follow-up to the acclaimed novel The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. 
In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor. 
In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert’s curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn’t know how to love. 
In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea. 
Three new stories—complete with commentary on the creative process—from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers. 

I adore these authors, so all three of them in one book is like Christmas and Birthday and some sort of exciting festival all at the same time. I have yet to catch up on the first volume (how I missed it when it first came out I have no idea) but I plan on bingeing on both books over the autumn, because what better time to read stories by these three than when the days are getting colder and night is coming in faster?
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

6th October - Some Like It Scot by Suzanne Enoch
Nineteenth-century, Scotland:
When a mad lass in trousers shoots at him, Munro "Bear" MacLawry isn't sure what impresses him more-the girl's sure aim or her irresistibly tempting curves. Catriona MacColl has fled to the Highlands with her half-sister to escape an unwanted wedding, and wants no part of him, nor any man. But he can't abandon the flame-haired, sharp-tongued wildcat now that he's discovered her-not when she fits so perfectly in his arms...
Munro has more than earned his nickname-he's a well-muscled, well-favored mountain of a man with an engaging bad-boy grin and a string of well-satisfied lasses behind him. Bringing Catriona food, blankets, candles, everything she needs to survive a winter in an abandoned abbey, Munro is an unexpected gift in her reckless bid for freedom-and an unexpected complication. Clan MacDonald has plans for her, and they don't include her falling for a MacLawry. But this man makes her feel like a woman-and he may be her one chance to live a life about which she's only dared dream...

I love me some Suzanne Enoch, her books are right up there with Julia Quinn and Eloisa James for historical romance. This is the fourth book in a series, but one of the things I love about romances? You don't have to read them in series order. This book has definitely piqued my interest in the series though and now I cannot wait to dive into the other three books. If you like romance, highlanders, min in kilts and steamy scenes, this one is a must read.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here!

13th October - Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
It's been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring's king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.
Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria's lost chasm of magic. Theron is hopeful and excited—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira knows that the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm's secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?
Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell's growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter's security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?
As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.

Confession time, I have yet to read the first book in this series. BUT I am so excited about it and it is at the top of my TBR pile, so SOON MY PRECIOUS. I've heard really good things about the first book and the plus side to reading it now means I can go straight through into the second book. Definitely a bonus.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

22nd October - A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife.When Lo-Melkhiin - a formidable king - arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice - leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man.But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king . . . if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it.And perhaps she is...
I loved 'The Wrath & The Dawn' earlier this year and it has left an Arabian nights sized hole that needs to be filled. Luckily there appears to be something in the air so we have a second retelling hitting the shelves this year and I cannot wait to see which direction Johnston takes the story. You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

So there you have the books I cannot wait to get my hands on this October. Are there any you can't wait to start reading? And have I added to your TBR pile with these four? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I love The Raven Boys and think that Maggie Stiefvater might be one of the smartest people on the planet, so I can't wait to read more by her. October is going to be a good month for books :)

    1. It's going to be a fabulous book month! I adore her books, although 'The Raven King' is going to emotionally destroy me...