Tis 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?
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen – This 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?