Fall Wishes, Spooky Anthologies and Graphic Novels Wrap-up October 2023

Posted November 2, 2023 by Richetta in Book Themes, Monthly Wrap-up / 0 Comments

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I’m super into Fall this year, so cozy reading is a regular activity for me. I have a bunch of different genres and new books pulling for my attention recently. I read two scary story anthologies (can’t believe I made it either! some of those stories were scaaaaarrrryyyy), a fall themed YA book and a bunch of graphic novels. Since I’m on the graphic novels panel for the CYBILS awards this year, you will be seeing quite a bit of that genre on my blog and Bookstagram account for the next two months.

graphic of October book covers

October Cozy Reading Wrap-up

  • 🎃 Our Shadows Have Claws edited by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz: I listened to the audiobook of these scary Latin American stories and a couple of them definitely had me on the edge of my seat. But let me warn you, there are illustrations in the book and I just about scared myself to death when I opened it. Definitely reminded me of the Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark series. Loved learning about new folklore and I will share my favorite stories in my upcoming review. Great for teens.
  • 🎃 Never Whistle at Night⁠ edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.: First, these stories are for adults. And let me tell you most of them were horrifying for varying reasons. This collection was so good, I was always ready for the next story to see what boogyman was going to be talked about next. This is also the first time I’ve read an anthology of Native writers and again I learned about a lot of folklore.
  • 🍁 Wild Wishes and Windswept Kisses by Maya Prasad⁠: This is the perfect book for the teen romantic! It is a love story of diverse couples, but it’s also a love story of autumn, nature, and beautiful language. Check out my review!
  • The New Brownies Book by Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer: This is a great gift book for this coming holiday season! It’s a love letter to Black families. It features beautiful artwork, poetry, photography and essays. It’s not a long read and I enjoyed it very much. Check out my review!
  • History Comics: WWII : Fight on the Homefront by Kate Hannigan, Illustrated by Josh Rosen: This graphic book is super informative! I learned a lot as an adult reader and I loved that it begins from a kid’s point of view of the war. It not only told the history of what happened but it told history that often get ignored. For example, it centers the hard work and contributions of children, women and Black, Hispanic, Native and Asian citizens. Great book for supporting social studies.

CYBILS Awards Nominee Reads

Here is what I kicked off my reading marathon for CYBILS with, now only 90 more to go!

  • Family Style by Thien Pham
  • The Princess and the Grilled Cheese by Deya Muniz
  • Unfamiliar by Haley Newsome
  • Things in the Basement by Ben Hatke
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  • Occulted by Amy Rose and Ryan Estrada
  • Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying

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