Must See/Listen Guide to the Halloween Season | Media Recommendations

I recently posted a Reading Guide to the Halloween Season! Since I watch TV/Movies as much as I read I thought I would create a post including some much see tv shows and movies during this halloween season. I also thought it would be fun to include some strange and creepy podcasts! So if you want to get into the Holiday spirit here are some must see/listens you should check out! 

Classic Movies 

Every Halloween season there are movies that are my go to and must sees. It would just not feel like October without these movies.

Ó Halloweentown 

Ó Hocus Pocus 

Ó  Halloween 

Ó Practical Magic 

TV Shows 

I have so many suggestions for this, but just picked a few. If you would like to know more let me know!

Ò Stranger Things 

Ò Haven 

Ò Hemlock Grove 

Ò Charmed 

Ò True Blood

Ò Salem 

Ò Lore 

Ò Buffy The Vampire Slayer 

Podcasts

Ô Welcome to Night Vale 


Ô Lore 

Ô The Black Tapes 

Ô Creepy 

 

What are your thoughts on these? Do you have any suggestions of must see/listen that I have missed? Happy Halloween Season! 

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Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Asylum by Madeleine Roux 

This was a dark and creepy story.  And of course it is about an asylum so that is a creep factor within itself. The imagery is so well done I felt like I was thereIt has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book help to create that eerie atmosphere.

Ó Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

This book is definitely peculiar. It also uses strange and creepy pictures to help tell the story. It is not dark or ominous, but very atmospheric and unique.

Ó Hexed by Michelle Krys

This was a campy story and more light hearted and fun than dark and ominous. I have to say I would categorize this more Charmed/Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esk. It was a fast-paced witchy novel filled with intrigue, mystery and humor.

Ó You by Caroline Kepnes 

This is written in second perspective from a stalkers perspective. I believe that is all I need to say.

 

Ó Odd & True by Cat Winters 

This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. The two sisters grew up hearing stories about monsters and magic. It is a wonderful story about sisters and has a nice atmosphere.

Ó Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

A love story in the midst of mass chaos. A interesting and creative YA paranormal read that presents unique mythology and characters. It dove into the world of Harbingers of Death, beekeepers, and the hidden magic within.

Ó This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This was a dark YA with monsters, crime and murder. The atmosphere and overall feel was dark and ominous. It was also beautifully written.

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

October 2017 | TBR

I love reading books in the month of October. Specifically paranormal or creepy books. It just fits with the whole vibe of the season and especially with Halloween. I am not going to be able to finish all of these, but I these are the ones I am going to be picking from.

Night Film by Marish Pessl

The Girl With The Gifts by M.R Carey

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

 

What are you planning on reading this month?

October Wrap-Up

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I don’t even know how it happened, but I read 17 books well more like 15 books a novella and a short story! I was able to pull myself out of the reading slump and really got into all the spooky and creepy Halloween books. I was able to read half of the books from my TBR list and I also managed to read 5 new releases! I am a nanny right now so most of the time at work I am reading so that is how I have managed so much reading recently, but I still have so many reviews to get to. I also decided that I am not going to make a TBR for next month and just see what I feel like reading!

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Books I Read:

World After by Susan Ee

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

Horns by Joe Hill

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Line by J.D Horn

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

The Scarlets by Madeleine Roux

The Fall of the House Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

♠ Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Oct Stats

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

Monstober TBR List 

Book Blogger Shout-out : Mariam Mimi’s Bookish Blog

Fictional Boyfriend Tag

October Book Haul

♠ Read.Sleep.Repeat 2014 Series Update

Halloween Recommendations: Vampires 

Bookish Bucket List Update

Stone Cold Touch Release Day Launch

Dewey’s 24 hr Read-a-thon

So Behind Review-A-Thon

The Truth About Fairy Tales | Quotes

Rory Gilmore’s Reading List 

All Hallows’ Eve | Quotes

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From August (Links to the threads of post)

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Third Sentence Thursday 

Friday Reads

Swoon Worthy Saturday 

Upcoming Excitements!

 ♠ None that I know of yet but I am sure there will be some!

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books For A Spooky October Read

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Books , but I didn’t want to do that. I decided to rebel and instead do more of a recommend post about great reads for the month of October. Since this month has Halloween and so many people like to do some creepy, suspenseful, horror filled or paranormal reads, I figured I would recommend some books that would be great to read this month if you wanted to get in the mood for the holiday season. These are in no particular order and are a range of different types of books that fit into a Halloweeny theme!

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 ♠ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This is a little creepy and definitely has that strange and weird atmosphere to it. The pictures add to the spookiness of the story. It isn’t scary by any means but gets you in the Halloween mood! 

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This is a great fun witchy read! It is not scary or spooky, but there is some action and twists. It fits the light and fun feel that is associated with dressing up and having fun on Halloween. 

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The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Now I wasn’t completely in love with this book, but it was good and was based on some Japanese folklore. It reads like a Japanese horror movie much like The Ring or The Grudge. There were times I couldn’t read this at night because my imagination was creating images. 

Tithe by Holly Black  tithe

Now I wouldn’t say this is a typical pick for the Halloween theme. I think it makes for an interesting theme month read. It is about faeries. I know what you are thinking, but this is a dark faerie tale that is twisted and a little creepy! 

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Horns by Joe Hill

This was a dark and disturbing horror novel. It is an adult book.  It is about the devil and solving the mystery behind a death. It was for sure twisted and for mature audiences! There is also a movie coming out! 

Lailah by Nikki Kelly 18324459-1

This is a book I just finished and loved! It is about vampires and angels. It is not a dark and spooky read, but definitely is paranormal and is a quick read. I would say this is good for fans of The Vampire Academy and Twilight! 

 

 

 

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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book is a mystery/thriller about a son of the world’s worst serial killer. There are murders taking place in his home town and everyone is looking at him to blame. It has some dark humor and let’s you peek inside the head and workings of a criminal. 

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This is another adult horror novel. If you have never read a Stephen King novel this is a good one to start with. Some creepy things start to happen as a family is living in a hotel. If you have ever seen the movie the book is just as terrifying. 

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Although this is not scary it is a psychological thriller that leads you to question the insanity of both the author and the characters. It is about a woman who is murdered and they are looking at the husband for what happened. 

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I had to include a Zombie book on my list of course! This is about a group of people trying to survive in a world infested by zombies. It is a quick read that is dark and a little scary when thinking about what these people are going through and how fast the rest of the population was wiped out. 

Some honorable mentions:

♠ Anything by Edgar Allen Poe. His work is dark and gritty and sure has that creepy/spooky factor.

♠ Anything by Mary Higgins Clark or Dean Koontz. They both write fantastic mystery/thrillers.

♠ And of course how could I not add it… The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It is a paranormal series about vampires!

What are some good October/Halloween reads you would recommend? Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

MONSTOBER TBR LIST

I have been in a weird reading mood lately. But I am hoping that October will help me! I love October and Halloween and everything else surrounding this time of year. This TBR list might seem again outrageous and insane, but I want to show all my options. These are the majority of my horror/spooky/october appropriate reads. I don’t want to be contained to a set list, but definitely want to theme read this month! The only problem that might arise is as well as being a book addict I love movies! And October is the best month for movies! I love slashers and horror and everything Halloween themed! I will have to juggle my time between reading and movies plus my job this month so it will be a busy one! I will also say sorry for the bad quality of the picture, it was really hard to get them all in the picture and my cat decided she wanted in it too!

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No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
[If you don’t know I LOVE Mary Higgins Clark! She is absolutely amazing with mystery,thrillers and suspense! This book is about a young girl who is being compared to Lizze Borden, do I need to say more!]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
[I have heard so many great things about this book and it will be my first Gaiman read]

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
[ I have heard nothing but great things about this psychological thriller. I also have the second book and the third and final comes out in November so this might be a binge series read!]

Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard
[ This was recommended to me. It is about a boy who was cloned from Jeffery Dahmer’s DNA!]

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
[ I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last month and absolutely loved it! I have heard from some that this book is just as dark and even better!]

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
[ I have been wanting to read this for some time and have been saving it for this month! Everyone says it is extremely creepy and its just what I need]

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
[ This seems like it will be a creepy read. The sequel just came out and I am excited to see how and where these books go!]

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
[I have but this aside for some time. It looks so intriguing and makes me think a little of the movie The Village. I hope I like it and it provides to be a good October read]

The Ritual by Adam Nevill
[ I dont remember when I got this but I figured it would be good to throw in an adult horror book as well. Four men lost in the woods, what more do I need to say]

♠ Come Little Children by D. Melhoff
[ When I first saw this book title I instantly thought of Hocus Pocus (The song that Sarah sing to the children) It is about a serial killer, children deaths and a girl who works in a morgue.]

♠ Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
[ So this has made multiple apperances on my TBR list and I am determined to read it this month. It is about vampires and romance to switch it up in a mix or horror books!]

Lailah by Nikki Kelly
[ This is a vampire YA that is coming out this month and that I received as an ARC. I would really like to get to it and have heard some great things about it so far!]

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
[ I thought it would be good to add in something paranormal to break up all of the horror books I am hoping to read. This is a romance about demons and angels]

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
[ Who doesn’t like a ghost story! I have heard this has a supernatural-esque feel and excited to read it and possibly the sequel this month]

 

What are you planning on reading this month? Do you have any awesome recommendations for October?