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?


All Hallow’s Eve | Quotes

∅ “It wasn’t like in the storybooks. No witches lurked at crossroads disguised as crones, waiting to reward travelers who shared their bread. Genies didn’t burst from lamps, and talking fish didn’t bargain for their lives. In all the world, there was only one place humans could get wishes: Brimstone’s shop. And there was only one currency he accepted. It wasn’t gold, or riddles, or kindness, or any other fairy-tale nonsense, and no, it wasn’t souls, either. It was weirder than any of that. It was teeth.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

∅ “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

∅ “It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
Madeleine Roux, Asylum

∅ “The mad sometimes drilled holes in their own heads to let the demons out. To relieve the pressure of thoughts they could no longer bear. Jude understood the impulse. Each beat of his heart was a fresh and staggering blow felt in the nerves behind his eyes and in his temples. Punishing evidence of life.”
Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box

∅ “I laugh maniacally, then take a deep breath and touch my chest- expecting a heart to be thumping quickly, impatiently, but there’s nothing there, not even a beat.”
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

∅ “I guess Satan was the first superhero […] In his first adventure, he took the form of a snake to free two prisoners being held naked in a Third World jungle prison by an all-powerful megalomaniac. At the same time, he broadened their diet and introduced them to their own sexuality.”
Joe Hill, Horns

∅ “Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.”
Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

∅ “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

∅ “I think about how fragile we are here – like fish in a glass bowl with darkness pressing in on every side.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth

∅ “I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
― Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

∅ “Every Halloween I missed being a kid, getting to dress up and eat tons of candy. The only thing I got to do now was…eat tones of Candy. Not half bad”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

∅ “No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.”
― Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

All Hallows’ Eve | Quotes

“Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn’t bother me. I was my father’s daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.”
― Megan Shepherd, The Madman’s Daughter

“Blood is really warm,
it’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
― Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your…Brains

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

“Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real. ”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold.” 
― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”
― Johan Harstad, 172 Hours on the Moon

“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”
― Stephen King, The Shining

“It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
― Madeleine Roux, Asylum

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”
― Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

“We forget that the rest of live can be just as dangerous. I think about how fragile we are here– like fish in a glass bowl with the darkness pressing in on every side.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth

“We humans have the capacity to wreak horrors on each other. But we also have the capacity to survive those horrors.”
― Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers


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!



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?