My Monthly Anticipation | October 2020

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

To showcase this, I’ll be sharing my top 3 for each category of things that I look forward to this month right here, right now!


Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman;
Release Date: October 6th, 2020.

I’ve heard amazing things about Alice Hoffman’s writing and I’m happy to finally get the chance to try it out with this upcoming novel!

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Machine by Elizabeth Bear;
Release Date: October 20th, 2020.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Ancestral Night (check out my review here), and I can’t wait to see what she has to offer next!

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse;
Release Date: October 13th, 2020.

I’ve been seeing a lot of raving reviews for this new novel. I’ve never tried anything by her, although I’ve heard fantastic things about The Sixth World series.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab;
Release Date: October 6th, 2020.

I had my eyes locked on this one for a while and you bet that I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it pretty soon!

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker;
Release Date: October 6th, 2020.

Seanan McGuire can’t hide from me, no matter what pen name she goes under! I’m curious about this novel more than you believe!

The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction by Neil Gaiman;
Release Date: October 20th, 2020.

I don’t exactly read everything he publishes as soon as they come out but it’s good to know that this one will be out there soon for a healthy dose of short stories.


Issue #1 of Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn comes out on October 20th, 2020 by DC Comics.

As a solemn and honourable fan of Sean Murphy’s Murphyverse, you already know that I’ll want to catch this spin-off story as it comes out! The month just gets better and better, especially knowing that Batman: Three Jokers and Batman: The Joker War will both come to an end this month before getting collected!

Issue #1 of Rorschach comes out on October 13th, 2020 by DC Comics.

I believe that Tom King’s best work comes from limited series, short and concise. While I had a rollercoaster ride with his Batman run, I look forward to seeing what he’ll be doing with my boy Rorschach next, even if Ola would rather eat dirt than read his stuff anymore. 😉

Issue #0 of Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone comes out on October 13th, 2020 by DC Comics.

I didn’t see this coming but I’m truly excited by the idea! Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman universe collies with Joe Hill’s Locke & Key?! It’s a match made in heaven! I can’t wait to see where this publisher collaboration goes!


As I’ve mentioned before, I quite the original TV series at season 9 (although I’ve been convinced by a couple of people that it might be worth revisiting before the show comes to an end soon), but their latest spin-off series is just around the corner (October 4th, 2020) and this… This… I will be avoiding for sure! I will be enjoying fans roast it in the upcoming month though. 😉

The only TV series that will matter this month is the second season of The Mandalorian. Let it be known that this is the only ongoing and relevant Star Wars content that honorably represents the franchise. 😉

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After the incredible shitshow that was the first presidential debate of 2020, I can’t wait to see what these two hope to “discuss” for round 2 (October 15th, 2020) and round 3 (October 22nd, 2020). I hope my fellow Americans will know how to survive this election…


In theaters October 2nd, 2020, and Apple TV+ on October 23rd, 2020!

Sofia Coppola returns to direct a new movie starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones and it feels like it might have plenty of emotions for us to feel! 😉

In select theaters on September 2020, and on Netflix on October 16th, 2020!

The cast for this movie is insanely packed and it sounds so promising and timely!

In select theaters on October 2020, and on Netflix on October 21st, 2020!

Based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier comes a brand-new adaptation starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas!


With my foray into the digital world of literature officially a go, I think October is going to be a huge test in how I juggle all of the different ways I can read now. This is both scary and exciting, mostly the latter, but I hope that it won’t be counter-productive in my reading progress. It’s going to be exciting to see how my numbers vary by the end of the month.

I also hope to kick procrastination in between the legs and get more serious in the tasks and goals I’ve got for this month. I want this month to feel like a radical transformation of the relative stagnancy experienced in the past few months. I’m sure it’s possible. I just need to put my mind into it.

To help with this “serious-me” October, I also had a once-a-week basket-ball team practice that would keep me stimulated during the upcoming months. However… our city just entered code red for the pandemic (with around 1,000 cases per day reporter) and new measures have been put into play to limit social activities. I have no idea how this will affect the inside gym and whatnot for us… I just want to play ball thouuuuugh!

All that being said. October seems so exciting (see above anticipated stuff) and I can’t wait to share it all with you guys. I also can’t wait to see what everyone will be doing and sharing throughout this spooky season! 😉 I do feel a bit sad for those who hoped to trick or treat. I hope it won’t be ruined by the pandemic…

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly anticipation post!

Now tell me what you’re looking forward to this month! Any new releases? Anything exciting you plan on doing?

Yours truly,



38 thoughts on “My Monthly Anticipation | October 2020

  1. OMG that Mandalorian trailer! 🤩 I want the new season NOW!

    Yeah, don’t get me started on King… How on earth could he have gotten Rorschach to write?! 🤬 😭😭😭

    Have a great October, Lashaan!

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    1. I actually didn’t dare watch the trailer ever since it came out hahah I’m just waiting for it to finally be out! 😛

      Hahahaha I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it. Honestly, you should give some of his non-Batman stuff a try, see if you can find anything positive to say about his writing style based off of those! 😛

      Have an excellent month of October too, Ola! 😀

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  2. Lol…well, I’m still going to watch World Beyond🤔 I honestly want to see it first in it’s entirety before I make a judgement call on it. Yes the trailer looks like it’s not going to be too awesome, but well trailers can be deceiving😀 The Mandalorian though…..can’t wait for it! It promises to be an amazing season!
    Looking forward to your posts for this October! Hope you have a great month my friend!😀

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    1. I really do hope that you’ll enjoy World Beyond. I think you’re the only one I know who will dive into it too hahah I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. 😉 Can’t wait for S2 of The Mandalorian! I hope they kept the tone of the first season and built on that. Now that we don’t have the “element of surprise” regarding Baby Yoda, they’re going to have to be clever with how they develop the character and its relationship with the Mandalorian hahah Have an excellent month of October, my friend! Looking forward to our exchanges. 🙂

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      1. Lol…well, I just watched the first episode. It’s….let just say it’s different. I don’t dislike it, but I also can’t say that at this point I’m enjoying it. That said, this first episode really felt like they are setting things up for the story to come, so I’m reserving judgement until I progress further into it.
        As for the Mandalorian…well…from everything that I’ve read about it so far…we are in for a treat😀😀

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  3. Wife and I are looking forward to some more Baby Yoda. You seem to have a lot going on in October, I am putting blogging on the backburner though as I have to learn for my drivers exam. Have a good month man.

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    1. Same here, my friend! I hope they have some cool ideas for Baby Yoda this upcoming season! Best of luck with your driver’s exam! I know it wasn’t the most stress-free period of my life too but the end result is definitely satisfying (getting your permit). 😀 Have a great month of October!

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  4. I expect, with colder weather starting to make itself felt, that covid will definitely play a bigger part in our lives again. I’m expecting more shutdowns, more cases and more runs on items in the stores. Good times :-/

    have fun watching Mandalorian! Keep the flame alive….

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    1. Yep… And people who will start wondering if they just have a simple cold or a case of COVID is going to make things quite chaotic too…

      I wish you could give the first season a try somehow just so your hope in the franchise doesn’t remain tarnished by The Force Awakens… :/

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      1. Oh, I didn’t even think of the chaos caused by people not knowing if they have a cold, flu or covid. Awww, this winter is going to suuuuuuck.

        Star Wars is dead to me. Even if the mandolorian is the greatest show ever, it has the entire weight of the new trilogy pushing it down, plus the other mediocre to crappy movies plus the destruction of the EU plus the mediocrity of new EU franchise. It all combines into one rotting edifice the size of a brontosaur. Nothing can overcome something that putrid, that size 😀

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  5. I’m going to be reading the first five books on your list as well. I’ve already read Over the Woodward Wall and I can’t wait for the others. Not sure I can handle another debate, though😬 Hope you have a fabulous month, Lashaan!

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    1. Ohhhh man! I look forward to reading your thoughts on them as soon as you unleash those beasts (your awesome reviews)! Yep… Those debates… Especially if Trump comes back strong from his COVID… they’re going to be rough. Have an excellent month of October, Tammy! 😀


  6. I’ve also continued reading good things about Alice Hoffman, which I’ll admin has me curious, but for whatever reason I keep passing her books by. If I didn’t already have so many waiting to be read I might be more enthusiastic. But I’m very curious to read your thoughts on her work. I’ve never read V.E. Schwab and yet I’m excited about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I watched an interview between her and Neil Gaiman and I think I was drawn in by her passion for the book. I’ve wanted to read it since then. I wish you much success with your “serious-me” October! I’ll be working on that, as well, trying to push myself to get out and be more creative.

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    1. I really don’t know why I haven’t tried Hoffman already. Her books sound so good. Especially her writing. I look forward to discovering it soon though. It should give me a good idea of IF her stuff is for me or not.

      As you saw (heheh), The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is indeed a beautiful story and I’m glad she took the time to share it with us! Her love for Gaiman (at least what I’ve seen through interviews/Twitter) is adorable hahaha She really does love literature and it shows in her taste and what she writes!

      Best of luck as well in serious-Todd! I’m sure you’ll know how to make the most out of your month, my friend! 🙂


  7. Looking forward to Roanhorse’s Black Sun as well (I just don’t know when I will be able to add it to my TBR…), and I can’t believe that The Walking Dead creators are still dragging those poor walking corpses around after all this time! Having left the main series after the excessively bloody and violent episode 1 of season 7, I have no desire to explore that world any more…
    Have a great October! 🙂

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    1. I’ll be diving into Black Sun soon and I hope her stuff will appeal to me! Yep… I facepalmed when they announced this new spin-off that looked even less appealing than Fear the Walking Dead… A sort of YA take on the franchise. There’s very little chance that I’ll give it a try hahahah

      Have an excellent month of October, Maddalena! Stay safe as well! 😀

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  8. Always great to have something to look forward to! The Neil Gaiman Reader looks good. You may be disappointed by the presidential debate, not sure how that will play out now? Personally (this may sound a tad negative) I mostly look forward to October is over. Work is just so crazy at the moment and normally October is the worst month. Mid Nov, things will most likely start to slow down again. But on the positive side, I have lined up a few movies and shows I can watch in the dark October evenings, when my head is too tired to do much else.

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    1. I am curious about what stores are included in that new Gaiman book but I think I can wait a bit more to find out. As a Canadian, I just find it mostly entertaining and somewhat depressing that such things can even happen in 2020… And if Trump uses his “COVID-survivor” card next round, it’s going to play soooo much on how the election turns out in the end… 😮 Oh snap, I do hope things calm down quickly for you then! It sounds so hectic. Let’s try and make the most of this supposedly spooky season now! Happy reading! 😀

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    1. Just launched my review of Addie LaRue myself! What a ride it was. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Oh man, also looking forward to exchanging notes on Black Sun. I haven’t tried anything by the author but it sounds so promising! S2 of The Mandalorian couldn’t come any faster!!! 😀 Happy reading!

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  9. Oh lord. I’m not looking forward to round 2 and 3 of the presidential debate. I expect it to be worse than the first unless someone can actually get Trump to STFU.
    That Sandman/Lock and Key mashup sounds good. I haven’t yet read any Sandman comics, although I own one, but I did like the first Locke & Key (I need to continue with the series).
    Yikes on those rising numbers in your city. Stay safe out there.

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