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October TBR

My PhD starts on Monday but I also upped my Goodreads and Storygraph challenges to 200 books, so I still have to find a way to read 11 books a month from now until the end of the year. I guess it's probably a good thing that I've been asked to take sick leave from work to manage my stress and anxiety. You know what helps manage stress and anxiety? Escaping into fictional worlds! Cheesy romances where everyone ends up happy!

Anyway, it's October, it's officially autumn, so I've folded some spooky and witchy reads in with the rest of my usual fare of romance, cozy historical mysteries for some light escapism, historical fiction, pretentiously introspective novels, and Booker-longlisted books this month. I've also decided to pick up a nonfiction on murder in Ancient Rome because I am nothing if not relentlessly on-brand.

Because I have such a sky-high stack of books on my nightstand I've also separated it into two different piles for your reading convenience. Let no one say I am not a generous, benevolent blog dictator. As usual I have highlighted the ones I think I might want to review, so you can ask me for more details on those if I don't.

Proper TBR:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, by Rhys Bowen

  • Well Matched, by Jen Deluca

  • Something Fatal Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome, by Emma Southon

  • A Passage North, by Anuk Arudpragasam

  • Au service secret de Marie-Antoinette: Le Coiffeur frise toujours deux fois, by Frédéric Lenormand

  • The Wolf Den, by Elodie Harper

  • Intimacies, by Katie Kitamura

  • Bewilderment, by Richard Powers

  • The Ex Hex, by Erin Starling

  • Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman

  • A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

  • How to Kill Your Family, by Bella Mackie

  • A Quiet Life in the Country, by T.E. Kinsey

  • The Turnout, by Megan Abbott

  • Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • Brexit Romance, by Clémentine Beauvais


  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr

  • Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan

  • Bunny, by Mona Awad

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal

  • She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

  • The Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

  • The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk

  • The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan

  • Le train d'Erlinghen, by Boualem Sansal

  • Le suspendu de Conarky: Les énigmes d'Aurel le Consul, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

  • Le Cœur cousu, by Carole Martinez

There you have it, folks - all 30 books I want to read and probably will not in the month of October. As ever, hit me up with any questions or book suggestions!

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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