Last year, I decided to read only “Halloweeny” books for the entire month of October. I called it Haunting October. It took me way outside my comfort zone, helped me finally cross some books off my “to-read” list, and was also a whole lot of fun. Naturally, I decided to do it again this year!
I’ve been putting my list together, and while I doubt I’ll manage all of these, I’m super excited about all of them. For me, anything even remotely Halloween-related counts. That means the book can be horror, or not. I read a couple last year that were definitely not horror, but had witches, and that worked for me. That said, the whole point was to read things I wouldn’t typically read (and get in a spooky mood!), so you’ll see a few more horror on my list this year!
9 Spooky Books on my List This Year
It wouldn’t be a Halloween-themed month without a Bradbury book, would it? (Eventually I’m going to run out of Bradbury books, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.) The October Country is a collection of spooky short stories, perfect for reading before bed.
Next up, Joe Hill’s The Fireman. I debated between this one and Horns (which is probably more Halloweeny), but if I’m honest, The Fireman is more appealing. I think we have both the audiobook and the physical copy, so this one may be my listen for the month.
I first read Shirley Jackson last year, when our book club picked I Have Always Lived in the Castle as one of our reads. I’d heard of her, of course, and The Haunting of Hill House is supposed to be one of her finest works, as well as one of the ultimate examples of horror writing. If it’s anything like Castle, it’ll be super creepy and unnerving. I can’t wait.
Because, duh. Seriously, A Monster Calls is supposed to be THE book. I’ve read several reviews saying the physical copy is worth it for the illustrations alone, so I’ll have to check my used bookstore for it. If not, maybe the library.
I’m also eventually going to run out of Gaiman books (write faster, Neil!!). Another that’s been on my list for a while, I love the description and am eagerly looking forward to reading it. I didn’t realize Neverwhere was his first novel, either, so that’ll be fun. And you guys know how much I love Neil Gaiman…or if you don’t, just take a look at my reviews of American Gods, Norse Mythology, or The Graveyard Book.
Bird Box is supposed to be super creepy – so creepy even Jimmie doesn’t want to read it. We’ll see if I’m brave enough.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had a copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my bookshelf since it came out in 2009. It’s one (of many) I’ve just never made time for. The description reminds me a little of that M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Village. This one makes me a little nervous since the Goodreads rating is a little low (3.59), but we’ll see.
And finally….yes. I’m one of the only readers in the world who STILL hasn’t read The Passage. Unless Jimmie traded it in, we have this one too. It’s enormous, and that terrifies me.
Just kidding, one more. Those are some dark and spooky covers. I should probably throw in a silly cozy mystery. Allison Brook’s Death Overdue will do nicely! It’s the first in a new series, and I’m all about a haunted library. Can’t wait to read this one. It releases on October 10th.
Anyone else reading Halloweeny books next month? What are your favorite spooky, witchy, creepy stories?
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