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πŸ‚Autumn TBRπŸ‚

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My autumn TBR is pretty big. It’s actually kind of ridiculous. But I think it’s all right because I’m considering autumn not only as all of October but as most of November too, so when you look at it that way I don’t think this amount of books is too much? I can always carry them into December too; these are just books I want to prioritize.

A lot of them are books I own physical copies of; I have a really terrible tendency to buy books and then, assured that I have all the time in the world to read them, never actually pick them up. So, I’m making it a point to read as many of the books I own as possible. Happily, a lot of them are the Gothic/Victorian reads I tend to think are perfect for Autumn!

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here the books I intend to read in autumn!

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Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer: This book is the reason I was in such a rush to read the Picture of Dorian Gray, because it’s heavily inspired by it, only the main characters (Dorian and Lord Henry) are women (Dorina and Henrietta)! It’s set in Victorian England with a lady main character who fences and there’s demons. I’m in love with the cover and this plot so you can imagine how excited I am to read this.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell: I have heard so many good things about this book! I see it everywhere when people talk about historical/Gothic fiction, plus I hear this author’s second book is another Gothic thriller, so I’m excited to get into her work!

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin: I’m not even entirely sure what this book is about; all I know is it features two female main characters and takes place in Victorian London. And that cover is gorgeous. All I need to know, really. I’m doing a buddy read of this with Rachel sometime in October!

 

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng: Aside from this book having the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen (it’s purple!), it’s supposed to be a Gothic tale set in England, but with faeries. That’s really all I know, but that’s all I need to know.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker: This is more on the historical fiction side than the Gothic side, and it’s Victorian London and…demons, I think? And there’s a “dashing” gentleman and “reclusive” gentleman and two sisters and supernatural stuff. Sounds good to me.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: This was actually part of my September TBR, but the entirety of my September TBR has been a complete disaster. I didn’t read as much on my vacation as I thought, so this has been pushed to October, which is fine; it’s probably better read in that month anyway.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: This actually takes place in Boston (something not set in England!) and is about a young girl in an asylum and then she joins a detective to help solve murders? I think?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: This is one of the two books for which I read The Island of Doctor Moreau! This book is about his daughter, Juliet. I don’t really know much, plot wise, and I keep getting this one confused with the McGinnis book. (They both have “mad” in the title and their covers are so similar!)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye: Literally this is the reason I made it a point to read Jane Eyre this year. I think this is about a young murderess who has read the novel Jane Eyre, not actually an AU Jane Eyre. I love the cover and the tagline and the writing seems really elegant.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: I haven’t read any du Maurier books since Rebecca, but I recently purchased this one! Unlike Rebecca, which is very summery, this is definitely very winter/autumn, as it takes place during winter on the Cornish coast, if I’m not mistaken. I enjoy du Maurier’s writing and atmosphere very much so I’m excited to get to this (and her other works, hopefully)!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, but in my Fulbright campus interview, one of the faculty recommended it as a Victorian novel that subverts Victorian norms, so it’s been moved up on my TBR. I’m not even clear on what it’s about; I think maybe it features a lady scientist? And I’ve heard good things about Sarah Perry’s writing.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: This book is a bit of an outlier. It’s a YA mystery based on Sherlock Holmes. I could technically read it at any time since I don’t think it’s particularly autumn-related, but something about murder-mystery-at-boarding-school screams autumn to me, so.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is where things start to get a little…shall we say…ambitious. I mean, would I like to read Dracula? Of course. Will I actually read Dracula? Who knows. I’d certainly like to, and I do want to read another classic before the year is out. And it’s not autumn without at least one vampire story. So I have three…

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I’ve read the summary of this book three times and I still have no idea what it’s about. Perhaps it’s for the best. I’ve heard it’s a really creepy vampire story, so that’s all I need. And I like Holly Black’s writing.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Most of you know I loved Moreno-Garcia’s book The Beautiful Ones. This is an entirely different animal, of course, but I’m certain I will love this one too. It takes place in Mexico City and features a descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, narco-vampire gangs, lady cops, and a garbage collector. It sounds fucking incredible.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: This is the sequel to a book I didn’t like very much, but I’ve heard this is much better than the first! It takes place in Romania and is all about Dracula, so, you know, it’s a perfect October read.

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland: I believe this also takes place in Victorian England and features a girl locked in an asylum and a lesbian relationship? At least I hope it features a lesbian relationship; I’m pretty sure the lesbian rep is the main reason I added this to my TBR in the first place.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber: Do I actually think I will manage to read an 800+ page historical fiction tome by the end of this year? Who knows. I watched the miniseries with Romola Garai a few years back and loved it, so I’d wanted to read the book for a while. Recently I found out it was Jen Campbell’s favorite book, so that moved it up my TBR – plus it takes place in Victorian England and it’s about prostitutes. It has my name written all over it.

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What do you guys think? Impossible? Improbable? Have you read any of these books or do you plan to soon? Let me know!

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OMG That Song Book Tag

I found this on Rachel‘s blog, and she got it from Callum, and it looked like soooo much fun, so here I am.Β divider

MY JAM: A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it and a book that you’ll never get sick of

SONG: Postcards From Italy by Beirut. The whole album (Gulag Orkestar) is my jam, but this song in particular gives me such a road-tripping-through-southern-Europe-in-the-’90s vibe. It makes me feel so nostalgic, for what I don’t even know, and I think it’s just gorgeous. I’ve loved it since I was sixteen.

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BOOK: Sweep by Cate Tiernan. I can recognize that it’s not the best series of books, but they feel like home, and they’re magickal.

 

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THROWBACK: A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and a book you read that you wouldn’t like now

SONG: Whisper by Evanescence. Yes. I was a hardcore Evanescence fan. I was a very, very emo teen, and I remember listening to this song while wearing all black and being very melodramatic and probably reading something about Elizabeth Bathory. Anyway, I still 100% love this song, lmao.

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BOOK: Anything by Dan Brown, probably…I was obsessed with his books for a while but if I read them now I doubt I would like them very much.

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REPLAY: A recent song that you have on repeat and a recent favourite book

SONG: Baderech El Hayam by Light in Babylon. Sooooo…recent is a relative term…and three years isn’t too long ago, is it? Anyway, this is the song I have on repeat these days, and it’s recent toΒ me, anyway. It’s in Hebrew, I believe, which I don’t uderstand, but the singer’s voice is so fucking powerful and deep I can’t stop listening to her. Like, I have no idea what she’s saying, but it’s such an intense song I can’t help but feel it.

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BOOK: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. A modern-day adaptation of Antigone with an all-Muslim cast, this was a pleasant surprise.

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GETS ME: A song that is literally me and a book that is me in book form

SONG: Devil of Mine by The Moulettes. This is the song that got me into this fantastic, weird, psudo-Gothic band. I connect with all of their songs but there’s something about this one in particular…the music video especially (which is hella weird) I adore. The lyrics make me think of vampires, so, you know. It’s just entirely My Aesthetic.

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BOOK: Hmm, it’s difficult to find a book that encompasses my aesthetic in the same way this song does, but I’m gonna give a shout-out to Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aaminah Mae Safi. Not a perfect book, but one I identified with a lot, as it’s about an Arab-American girl caught between cultures.divider

WUT: A weird song that you liked anyways and a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason

SONG: Vampires of the West Coast by Ghost Bees (now Tasseomancy). Honestly, everything on this band’s first album is hella weird. Unfortunately, I don’t like their new stuff, but I adore this album, which is full of magic and folktales. This song is…about vampires, but it can also be read metaphorically, if you so chose. Being me, I like the literal interpretation. The dual vocals of the sisters harmonize beautifully to create a haunting sound. The lyrics are gorgeous and so sad. A close second choice is Trelawny by The Magickal Folk of the Faraway Tree. It’s a rendition of the classic Cornish patriotic song “The Song of the Western Men.” It’s not weird, I guess, just a bit random.

sunshineBOOK: Sunshine by Robin McKinley. This is a very dense, very weird, and very long vampire novel. It’s the only McKinley book I’ve ever read. It exists in a world where supernatural creatures are out and acknowledged, and our main character gets caught up with a vampire after being kidnapped alongside him for reasons I can’t even remember. It’s very weird. But I enjoyed it and itΒ  definitely made an impression on me.divider

LET’S GO: Pick your best pump up song and a book that inspires you

SONG: A Bar in Amsterdam by Katzenjammer. This song is so wild! It’s loud and fast-paced and exciting and I used to have it as my alarm lmao. To me it has a very Cabaret Weimar Germany vibe, which for some reason I love.

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BOOK: Good fantasy inspires me, so I’m gonna have to go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which is a fantastically rich new world.divider

HILL: Your best chill or relaxing song and a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day

SONG: Inni Mneeh by Mashrou’ Leila. This is a really sad song, and its melody conveys that. It’s also got beautiful, wistful lyrics. It’s perfect for a rainy day, and it’s also the song that got me into this band, which is now one of my favorites. A close second is Berlin by Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, which is about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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BOOK: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a delightful and beautifully written fantasy romance that I want to re-read again soon. It manages to be cozy even though it’s a secondary world fantasy, which is difficult to do!divider

ADDICTING: A guilty pleasure song and a light, trashy read you can’t help but love

SONG: Betekdeb Alaya by Maria. This is….so embarrassing…it’s an Arabic song from like 2006. The song is about a cheating man, but the music video is specifically about a high school girl sleeping with/hella into her teacher but thinks he’s cheating. I beg of you to watch it. It’s terrible and trashy in every way and I love it.

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BOOK: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. I don’t know that this is either light or trashy, but it’s definitely a very tropey YA fantasy. I loved it when I read it a couple of years ago, and honestly, I think it would stand up to a re-read.divider

NOSTALGIA: A throwback song you look back on fondly and a book you read and loved when you were young

SONG: Vessel by Pearl and the Beard. It’s only a throwback in the sense that I listened to this in high school. I’m like 99% sure it’s about Odysseus and Circe, it’s a duet, and it’s gorgeous.

lord lossBOOK: I’m gonna go with the Demonata series by Darren Shan. It’s a very gory and violent YA horror series about demons invading our world. I doubt I would love it as much now, but I was obsessed with it when I was young, and I even got my brother into it! It’s literally the only book series he’s ever read in his entire life, so that’s gotta count for something. And shout-out to Harry Potter, of course.Β divider

That was so much fun! Please consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this, and come chat with me if you like any of these songs!

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Fireside Chats: Life Update + Some Musings

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I realize this is, strictly speaking, a book/media blog and nothing more, but hey, I’m a Livejournal transplant, so I’m accustomed to sharing bits and pieces of my life online. Granted, Livejournal was a much more private platform, so I’ll be more circumspect than I normally would be. But I think it will be good for me to write out a few things. All of this to say, I tend to ramble, so feel free to skip. Continue reading “Fireside Chats: Life Update + Some Musings”