It’s October, so it’s the perfect time to get crackin’ on those spooky Halloween-esque reads. Today, Larissa, Celine and I are going to each share 5 of our favourite books that we think would be perfect for this Halloween.
So I have to make a confession first: I don’t read horror or especially scary books. Why not? I’m a complete wimp. But there are definitely a few books that gave me the shivers, despite not being a traditional horror or Halloween-esque story. A few of those would be…
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas: Okay, so this could be classified as a thriller, I think, and trust me, it is creepy. There are some scenes and some characters and man. *shivers* It’s also REALLY REALLY good so if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.
Throne of Glass (and Crown of Midnight) by Sarah J. Maas: Some of you might be scratching your heads at this, because why did I put these on my list? Well. Have you read those dungeon scenes? I mean, I really really am a wimp so maybe it’s just me, but they were CREEPY. Fact: I read most of Crown of Midnight at night, and I could. Not. Sleep after having read one of those dungeon scenes. They’re atmospheric and scary and also strange creatures hang around and *shivers*
Angelfall by Susan Ee: Again, maybe not traditionally scary but definitely creepy. There are some creatures in this book that really just should not be. Also some pretty gory scenes with a few descriptions of intestines that made me go NOPE. (but in a good way.)
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn: *sigh* I really am cheating at this list. None of the books so far have been especially Halloween-like. But like I said, I just don’t really do that, I guess. However, this one definitely messes with your mind and because it does that and the way it does that just makes you really uncomfortable and creeped out but in an intruiging way. You just have no idea what to believe and the hazy dreamlike quality of the book just sort of creeps up on you.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: Finally, something that actually has to do with Halloween! This book is just filled with zombies, and it’s also magnificent and scary and shiver-inducing and amazing. The whole book just has this high-stakes feel to it which made my heart race, and I just couldn’t stop reading. The zombies are also sufficiently scary.
The Girl from the Well: This was was a pretty creepy read told by a pretty creepy and mysterious and quite frankly dead narrator. It’s based on a Japanese ghost story, too.
The Fall: This one scared me shitless, guys. I am no horror fan and the house in this book was damn scary. *shudders*
Parasite: So this one involves tapeworms. Do I need to say more? It’s HORRIFIC, I tell you, HORRIFIC. HORRRRIIIIFIC.
Coraline: A classic one for the younger peeps to check out. It’s such a well crafted novel for you readers, and definitely perfect for Halloween season.
The Year of Shadows: Yet another perfect for younger readers. I’d say this one would be aimed at an older audience than Coraline–not to say adults can’t read these too! This book is a little gothic-y and has ghosts in the story and is set in an old concert hall.
Have you read any of these or plan to read any?
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