October’s Spooky Reading List


october's spooky reading listTis the season for some spooky reading! Though the weather is still extremely summery in my neck of the woods, October is here and I want to at least read one scary book by Halloween. I’m eyeing some ghost stories, thrillers, YA terrors, and romantic suspense this month. I’m still kind of a scaredy cat though so these aren’t too terrifying, but hopefully they will get me in the Halloween spirit.

I may be reading these books with all the lights on this month- here are my 13 options:

Rooms by Lauren Oliver – This is Oliver’s first book written for adults, and it’s “a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.” I’m intrigued!

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes -Stephen King thinks this book is “scary as hell” which makes me think this book is too scary for me. It’s a Detroit crime novel told in multi pov with a paranormal element.

You by Caroline Kepnes – This romantic suspense novel is just out this week and it’s piqued my interest. It’s a male POV book about obsession. A bookstore employee falls for a writer who visits the store and becomes dangerously infatuated. It sounds very intense!

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little – I don’t read too many crime novels but I think they fit in with the category. Janie was convicted of murdering her mother but is now out on a technicality. Can she clear her name?

Confessions by Kanae Minato – “Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.” This sounds really dark, but doesn’t that line make you want to read it? There’s a movie too!

Evil Librarian by Michelle KnudsenThis is about a demon high school librarian! The tag line is so funny to me: “He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.”

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz – This is a New Adult update on Blue Bloods and centers on Oliver Hazard-Perry. I always liked that character and I’m curious to follow their new adventures. I’ve got to have some kind of vampire on this list!

Sublime by Christina Lauren – I like the romance novels I’ve read by this writing team, and a paranormal YA is certainly something different for them. This is a ghost love story.

The Fall by Bethany Griffin – What’s Halloween without a little Poe? This book is a re-imagining of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher.


Amity by Micol Ostow – Is there any house scarier than the Amity house? I still can’t watch that movie! This book is inspired by the true events behind The Amityville Horror.

Jackaby by William Ritter – Jackaby is described as Doctor Who meets Sherlock and it sounds like a fun mystery.

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil – This is about a secret society that takes revenge on school bullies. The tables get turned and the plot becomes a murder mystery.

Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond – I just think circuses in general are scary. This one is a mystery about bad luck that’s happened upon the Cirque American.

Are you reading anything scary this month? What do you recommend?



11 thoughts on “October’s Spooky Reading List

  1. I’ll be curious to know which one(s) you choose. Great list for this time of year (Halloween).

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    1. Lucy says:

      I have copies of Broken Monsters, Confessions, Vampires, Sublime, Amity and Girl on a Wire so one of those will probably be first. I’m on hold for the Rooms audiobook so hopefully I can fit that in too.
      Happy October reading, Pat!

  2. Great list! I really want to read Dear Daughter!

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    1. Lucy says:

      It does look good! Hope we both get to read it soon. I’m far down on the library hold list, so it may be a November book for me.

  3. This is a great list! I’m reading Salem’s Lot right now, because what’s scarier than Stephen King?? I have Broken Monsters and Dear Daughter waiting on my Nook for me to get to them, hopefully this month!

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    1. Lucy says:

      Stephen King is perfect for Halloween. Salem’s Lot is one of my old favorites for sure. I used to love horror as a teen but I don’t know what happened- hopefully this month will help me get back into it 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of Broken Monsters and Dear Daughter.

  4. I’ll be reading Sublime and Broken Monsters for sure. Great list, hope you get to read a few of them!

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    1. Lucy says:

      Looking forward to comparing notes with you! I think I can handle Sublime, but I’m worried about Broken Monsters 🙂

  5. You read my mind because I was just thinking that I needed to make my scary book reading list for Halloween. Those all look like really fun reads. Sublime is very different and does have a sort of creepy vibe. I may read some Stephen King this month.

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