#KillYourTBR2016: October’s Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2016: October’s Reading Challenge

Ah, fall. The weather is changing and so are our reading habits. We’ve spent the last nine months making our way through Bookish’s 2016 TBR Challenge, and we’re finally in the home stretch. October’s TBR list is full of possibilities, but let’s first take a look at how we did in September.

Kelly’s September Challenge
I’m back, baby! After a less-than-stellar August, I tackled September’s TBR pile with a vengeance and even finished early! I’m on a roll and ready to dive into next month.

Elizabeth’s September Challenge
I read Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson. I was curious about how I’d feel about the unusual form, but I ended up really loving it. This was a really interesting read having already spent some time with The Red Parts.

Check out our Friday Reads tag to keep up with what we’re reading right now.

Readers, we think your friends may enjoy this month’s challenge just as much as you do. Throughout the month of October, we’d like you to read books that have either been lent to you or given to you as gifts. We all have that friend who has patiently waited for us to return their beloved copy of The Glass Castle, or the one who keeps not-so-subtly reminding us to read The Girl on the Train so we can see the movie together. Do your friends a favor, and get reading.


Kelly’s October Challenge

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse

My friend Nick and I exchange books all the time, but I have a bad habit of taking forever to read the ones he gives me. He’s yet to cut me off, but just to be safe, I’d better start reading.



My boss actually gave me a copy of this book, and I think it’s the perfect way to get myself in the Halloween spirit.


A Girl Walks Into a Bar

I guess online dating is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure story, but this book still seems like the better way to spend a Friday night. My friend Natalie gave it to me over two years ago. Maybe it’s about time I picked it up.


Elizabeth’s October Challenge

Tilting at Mills

I borrowed a copy of this from a professor of mine late last year, knowing I would find it fascinating. She has been extremely kind and hasn’t asked for it back yet, but I really should read it so I can return it to her.


Patient H.M.

Bookish’s own Kelly Gallucci gave me a copy of this book a little while ago, and I’ve been dying to dive into it. You all know how much I love a good brain book…


Do Not Sell At Any Price

My mother gave me this book for Christmas. It was a great gift, since I have a record collection of my own. In October, I hope to be a better daughter by finally reading it so I can tell her how much I enjoyed it.

Kelly Gallucci
Far too busy rereading the Harry Potter series, Kelly finds that her greatest literary sin is that she neglected to read classics like The Shining and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In between overseeing the editorial content for Bookish, holding interviews with authors like Isaac Marion and Lauren Beukes, and creating book recommendations for Kanye West—Kelly’s trying to catch up on the books she missed out on. She just finished The Great Gatsby and might be in love with Fitzg. Kelly received her B.A. in English Writing from Marist College and her M.A. in Screenwriting from National University of Ireland, Galway.


  1. My Adult boy child gave me GONE GIRL once as a gift. Not my genre or style at all. Felt sad he did not know that! Sooo Unread.

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