October, the spookiest month of the year, is finally here, and so it is time to start reading the creepiest stories and watching the scariest films to get us into that Halloween spirit. Speaking of creepy stories, I thought that as we are now into the time of witches and ghouls that I would share with you my Halloween TBR for the coming weeks, filled with spooky books, mysteries and one or two murders.
So here are eight books to (hopefully) scare me into the Halloween spirit!
Confession: I have never read a Neil Gaiman book before. Which is just one more reason why I am super excited to dive into this story about a boy brought up by ghosts in a graveyard. If that doesn’t sound like the absolute perfect Halloween read, then I do not what does!
I never expected to have two YA thrillers on this list, and yet this year that is exactly what has happened! After I finally found a thriller I really loved in STAGS, I am super excited to explore more YA mystery thrillers, starting with this one that follows a group of friends as an amazing trip soon turns into a horrifying one as one of them is found murdered.
After reading Murder on the Orient Express last October, I decided to repeat that this year by picking up another Agatha Christie book, this time Death on the Nile. I don’t know much at all about this book, and in honesty I don’t want to, as I love going into books, particularly mysteries and thrillers, knowing as little as possible, but nonetheless I can not wait to explore this murder mystery for myself.
I have been dying to pick this book up ever since I read the first chapter of it for the Try A Chapter Tag, but I have held off till now as I knew that this was the perfect time to dive into it fully. This story sounds so twisted and spooky that I can not wait to explore its dark secrets and for it to hopefully get me in the mood for the Halloween season.
Everything about this book, from its brutal premise to its promise of a ‘grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about’, screams Halloween, so there was no way I could leave it off this TBR. I can not wait to dive into this twisted tale, particularly as the synopsis is so brief, and see exactly what it has in store very soon!
It’s only been a few weeks since I read S.T.A.G.S, and already I can not wait to dive into her next novel, which much like her debut sounds perfect for this spooky season, as it follows Link as he is left stranded on a desert island with his classmates from the prestigious school he has recently enrolled at. If this is anything like her debut, then I’m sure this book will leave me guessing till the very end, and I can not wait for it!
Originally, I was actually planning on reading this mysterious fantasy about a travelling circus last October, as it sounds like the perfect read for the Halloween season, but unfortunately I never got round to diving into it in time. So, I am placing it back on my Halloween TBR, as this story about magic and illusions being murdered sounds exactly like the sort of thing I want this month.
I know The Shadow of the Wind should be the Carlos Ruiz Zafon book at the top of my TBR at the moment, but I can’t help but be drawn to this, the last book in this mysterious YA companion series filled with ghosts and strange goings-on. Not only do I know that I am likely to adore this novel anyway, but I also love the sound of this synopsis about a reclusive toymaker and a murdered girl, all set against a slightly Gothic-esque setting of expansive cliffs and hidden forests.
What books are you planning on reading this Halloween? Do you have any good recommendations to get you in the spooky mood? Have you read any of these – what did you think?