Wyrd & Wonder #SpooktasticReads 2019 | TBR

(Shout out to Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales for reminding me about this!)

Back in May I took part in Wyrd & Wonder, hosted by Lisa @ Dear Geek Place, imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More and Jorie @ Jorie Loves a Story, and had so much fun! I can’t believe that was already so long ago. Wyrd & Wonder is back from the 19th-31st October for a celebration of spooky and dark fantasy, and I can’t resist the chance to take part!


Are there way too many books on my TBR? Yes. Do I care? No. It’s October, and I want to try and read as many spooky things as I can before I devote November to science fiction and non-fiction.

(Also, as I’m posting this in advance, with any luck I might have read one or two of these before the 19th, in which case there will definitely be a review on the way during Spooktastic Reads!)



The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco; Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova; Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I’ve heard good things about all three of these, so bring on the witcherature!



Seaglass by Eloise Williams; The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements; Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

I don’t read enough Middle Grade and I liked Eloise Williams’s MG debut, Gaslight, so I’ve been meaning to check out her MG ghost story. The Coffin Path is one I meant to check out last year because it sounds right up my street, a ghost story set in 17th century Yorkshire, so hopefully I’ll get to it this year, and Missing, Presumed Dead is an LGBT+ ghost story I’d like to check out after I enjoyed Berquist’s Devils Unto Dust.



The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman; Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng; Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

I’m not entirely sure if The King’s Witch and Things in Jars have any fantastical elements or if they’re straight up historical fiction, but The King’s Witch and Under the Pendulum Sun are on my autumn TBR so I might as well use this as an excuse to pick them up.

Dark Fantasy/Horror


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo; Nevernight by Jay Kristoff; We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

I have to wait until 29th October for my copy of Ninth House because I’m going to the Oxford event of Leigh Bardugo’s UK tour, but I’m SO excited! I’ve heard it’s dark, which I am here for, and I’ve also heard Nevernight is pretty dark which I finally picked up recently when I found the Kindle edition for around £2 – I want to see what all the hype is about!

Are you taking part in #SpooktasticReads? How’s your October reading going?

14 thoughts on “Wyrd & Wonder #SpooktasticReads 2019 | TBR

  1. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo Jess,

    I’m having a wicked lovely time tonight finalising my TBR for #SpooktasticReads – we’re both focusing on #WitchyReads – although I am also cross-focusing on Ghosts & Thrillers! I can’t wait to make the revelations!! I did look into “The Bone Witch” but I’m on the fence if that is a good fit for me. Here’s to a fortnight of #SpookyReads for us all! PS: My post will go live shortly after midnight tonight to properly announce #SpooktasticReads!! Top cheers!

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  2. acquadimore says:

    I’m one of the people who hasn’t read Nevernight yet either, I hope I’m able to get to it soon – it was just translated in my country.
    Good luck with your October reading, and I hope you end up liking The Bone Witch and Labyrinth Lost! They’re two very different takes on witches but I really liked both.

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