O.C.T.O.B.E.R. Bookstack

A series of tornado warnings is not what I expected to wake up to yesterday. Nothing too serious came of it, but it’s a good reminder to be aware of what goes on around you.

Today’s post in inspired by an Instagram feature I wanted to try out. In the picture below I have ‘spelled the month in books,’ meaning I created a bookstack where the first letter of the titles lines up to spell October when read from top to bottom! I thought I might have to go to the library to find books for every letter, but I managed to use all books that I own this time. This makes it even more exciting, because I can highly recommend each of the books. I like that there isn’t really a theme for this type of bookstack other than the name, so I am able to showcase books from different genres and hopefully there will be something for everyone.

Spell October Bookstack

O – The One by Kiera Cass

— Genre: YA dystopia/post-apocalyptic fiction

—When the Selection series first came out, I loved it. I like the original trilogy better than the later books, and The One is the last of these. It’s a fun combination of princess story-meets-dystopian-fiction, clean YA romance, and full of great characters.

C – Crossed by Ally Condie

—Genre: YA dystopian fiction

—I was high-key obsessed with the Matched trilogy for several years, in addition to being substantially into YA dystopias as a whole, and this book is my ultimate favorite of the genre. Ally Condie includes so many subtle aspects of Greek mythology, philosophy, and other building blocks of Western civilization that I still find something new when I reread the series. Adventure, friendship, and truth are key themes, and the ways they play out in the world are captivating.

T – Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

—Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Romance

—This one comes up pretty often whenever I take pictures of my books, so if you have followed my blog or Instagram for a few months you may have seen it before! Sarah Sundin is my absolute favorite author, and this is a wonderful example of the sweet romance and well-researched historical fiction she writes.

O – O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

—Genre: Historical Fiction, Classic Literature

—I have not read this one yet, but I read Cather’s My Antonia and it was incredible. I have high expectations for O Pioneers!.

B – On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

—Genre: Historical Fiction, Children’s Fiction

—This one was a stretch in order to find a ‘B’ book, but I think it is close enough. It’s been a long time since I read the Little House series; they were a cornerstone of my childhood, and Laura holds a special place in my heart. There has been some controversy around them recently, and while I take the raised concerns seriously, these books remain special to me and worth reading.

E – Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

—Genre: Historical Fiction, Coming of Age

—Louisa May Alcott is another of my favorite classic authors. I love all of her books, and Eight Cousins is especially fun! Rose, the protagonist, discovers so much about herself, her family, nature, and life in general. This is a wonderful book for any age.

R – Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction

—Genre: Modernism, Existentialism, Novella

—Unlike the rest of the books on this list, I know that there are definitely people who should read this book and those who should not. It deals with tough themes including the meaning of life, suicide, and religion from an unique perspective. As an English major and Philosophy minor, I devoured this book and applied so much of my studies to it. However, I know that there are a lot of people who it will not sit well with, or to whom many of the deeper aspects would be lost. This is one of the deepest books on my shelves, and I still do not entirely understand everything in either novella. It is an incredible work of philosophical fiction, presenting the world from a very different perspective than my own and encouraging contemplation of heavy and meaningful topics.

It’s finally cool enough for boots and long sleeves where I live, so I plan to go find a cup of coffee and enjoy the crisp air today! Regardless of the weather or your schedule today, I encourage you to find one positive thing: perhaps your mid-afternoon coffee break, or listening to an uplifting podcast, or even the simple sight of pumpkins and other harvest-themed decorations.

Until the next chapter,


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