Welcome to this spooky little corner of my blog and happy Halloween (almost). I thought I would be on time for once and have my Halloween TBR all nice and set before next week’s big horror festivities. Now, these titles are perfect for that dark, cold time of year so even though it’s technically my own TBR, this list is very much also for you. The books on this list are inspired by recommendations from friends and popular books around this time of year but I’ve also thrown in a few surprises. Go ahead and dive into these Halloweeny books and let me know if you have either read or plan to read any of these titles:
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Genre: Thriller / Who-dun-it mystery
As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. I’m so excited for this one. I’ve heard great things – among others, that you can’t guess the killer. The POV also changes which I find very promising. I love old fashioned mysteries such as Agatha Christie and I’m hoping to get that same vibe from this book.
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Moonraker (James Bond #3) by Ian Fleming
Genre: Spy / action thriller
I’m not sure if spy novels technically qualifies as Halloween books? Oh well, i’m going with this one. I’ve seen all the James Bond movies but I’ve never read the books. Hopefully, that’s about to change. To switch it up in-between all the classic and dark worlds, I’m going to find out if Bond can decipher why a millionaire would cheat at petty card games. A millionaire, who happens to own the greatest weapon on Earth.
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Genre: YA mystery / historical
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont. Shortly after the school opened, the founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The case was never solved but true-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is about to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy. She has her heart set on solving this old cold case. The mystery and boarding school settings combined sounds amazing. I’ve seen this book (and the sequel) all over Bookstagram for some time and now it’s my turn to dive into it.
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
Genre: Psychological thriller / contemporary
Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study thinking it’s a quick in and out way to earn money. As the questions grow more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding. I’ve never read anything by this duo author before but I’m intrigued. I’ve heard varied opinions of this book but I’m curious to see how far Jessica will go.
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
Genre: Manga / psychological / thriller
Any human whose name is written in the Death Note book dies, and now Light has found it. With it comes the attached Shinigami (god of death). Light wants to use the book to rid the world of criminals but the world starts to notice the many deaths. Some love this new anonymous hero, some hate him. Detective L is put on the case to find this “killer” but it only provokes Lights growing ego. I read this series and watched the anime years ago. I loved the dark world back then and now I’m more than ready to re-enter it and follow the god of death once more!
Goodreads rating: 4.4/5
The Wake (Sandman vol. 10) by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Graphic novel / fantasy / paranormal
The Sandman is a WEIRD story. I mean, absolutely haven’t slept in a week, running a fever and high on shrooms weird. It makes no sense and then, suddenly, it does. That’s really the best way I can describe this series. Neil Gaiman’s mind is a wonder and you can see it on every page. The art work is rough and colorful but the characters within these crazy settings really carry the show. Since I’m at volume 10, I can’t say much without spoiling so instead I’ll recommend starting the series from vol 1. Enjoy the wild ride!
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Genre: Classics / horror / paranormal
Is it really Halloween without a couple of monsters and ghosts? No, not really. I’ve dug up the ultimate vampire tale – Dracula. The vampire over them all, the vampire we always come back to this time of year. I’ve read this classic tale once before but it was many years ago. I’m ready to re-enter the dark portrayal of Dracula, the vampire lord, who welcomes all to join him. “Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Genre: horror / classics / gothic
I’m going to be perfectly honest. I watched the first 3 episodes of The Haunting of Hills House on Netflix before I chickened out. Holy moly, that’s a creepy show – and I even like horror! I hated going to bed in the dark afterwards, the show really had that much of an impact. Now, if the book has even half of that horrible atmosphere, it’s PERFECT for Halloween – if your heart can take it. I might have to sleep with a little light on though, when I get to this one though.
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
What do you think of this list? Is it spooky enough? If you have other recommendations for Halloween reads, let me know in a comment below. Until next time booklions!
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