October 2019 Monthly Goals | The “spooky” edition!

It’s finally autumn! For many of you autumn has started on the 1st of September, but here in Portugal I still can’t say that the autumn has begun. The sunny weather has been holding up very well. The days are still very hot, people are still enjoying the beach and ocean, and I’m waiting for the colder days to arrive! 

Since I can’t wait for autumnal weather forever, I decided that October would mark the beginning for me, and I’m finally allowed to dive into the spooky thrillers, crime mysteries and historical fiction that I’ve been putting off the whole year. 


1 – Read my first Stephen King book

Recently I purchased my very first Stephen King novel – «Cell». It was published in 2006 and I’ve never heard anything about it before. But as I was browsing through the Stephen King shelves at my local thrift bookshop, this one sounded particularly interesting. Especially, the blurb by Guardian on the front cover:

“Very clever and brilliantly written… You won’t use your mobile for days”

This is basically a story about a disease that spreads through the mobile phone. That’s all I know about it and I’m very excited to read it this month. This book is also set during the month of October! Isn’t that exciting??

On October 1, God was in His heaven, the stock market stood at 10,140, and most of the planes were still on time (except for those landing and taking off in Chicago, and that was to be expected). Two weeks later the skies belonged to the birds again and the stock market was a memory. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory. 

2 – Read Agatha Christie books & follow the Miss Marple Reading Guide. 

Agatha Christie books used to be my favorite when I was in school. My grandfather had a big collection of her novels and I’m sure I’ve read most of them, if not all. 

I’ve been seeing over the summer many other bloggers reading her books, and it kinda made me thinking: Do I even remember her books? And the answer is No. I remember some of them but not all. So Autumn is the perfect month to finally read and re-read Agatha Christie novels. 

I’ll be following the Miss Marple Reading Guide that you can find on the Agatha Christie official website. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read all of these this month! 

3 – Read thrillers, mysteries and historical fiction

There is a bunch of books I’ve been saving for this season – «Recursion» by Blake Crouch, «Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys, «Life After Life» by Kate Atkinson, «The Goldfinch» by Donna Tart, etc. etc. 

October and November will be very busy reading months! 🙂

4 – ARCs ARCs ARCs! 

I know… This goal appears every month. Actually, I’ve been doing alright (except September which was not a good reading month at all), reading more than 4-5 ARCs per month. I feel like the end of the year is approaching and I need to get my NetGalley queue in order, so I can request more ARCs of the 2020 releases. 

5 – Eat tons of sweets during the Halloween season. 

And marathon some thrillers and horror movies! 

What are your plans for the “spooky” month of the year? What movies will you watch? What books will you read?
Let me know in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “October 2019 Monthly Goals | The “spooky” edition!

    1. Thank you, hunny ❤ I've already read some amazing books this month (and it's only 8th of Oct!!!) Last night I finished «The Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys and OMG! I'm in love with her writing!


  1. Oooh I haven’t read any Stephen King yet either – I’m wondering what the best one to start on is 🤔 Cell sounds super intriguing – very Black Mirror! Hope you enjoy it 😛

    Have a great October & best of luck with all your goals!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Thank you ❤ I hope October is going well for you so far! 🙂

      «Cell» was goooood, but could be better, ahah 😀 I also read «The Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys recently and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! Everyone needs to read it!


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