5 Spooky Reads for October

22 Oct

I’m a little short on book reviews at the moment so I thought it would be a good time to recommend a few spooky falls reads for anyone looking to pick up a book to enjoy before Halloween! These are ones I’ve enjoyed over the past few years.

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. A classic with a spooky setting and dramatic characters. Perfect for those not looking to be scared but wanting a strong fall theme.
  2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Not exactly scary, but very unsettling. A great story about a family gone wrong and how you live with tragedy.
  3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Recensy bias here, but a great thriller with a spooky overtone and a setting in late fall. Great for a one-day binge.
  4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Again with the queen of ghost stories. This one wasn’t flat-out scary but very creepy. Enough so that I screamed when my husband touched my shoulder while I was reading it. I thought he was a ghost.
  5. Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Scary, creepy, thrilling, altogether awesome. I’d recommend this one any time of year but now, it’s just what you need to go with your cider and mini-Snickers.

I hope you’re all enjoying some spooky fall reads! Until next time, write on.

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16 Responses to “5 Spooky Reads for October”

  1. thebibliophagist90 October 22, 2018 at 10:42 AM #

    I love these posts but hate them at the same time…why must i have to self control when adding books to my tbr…


  2. deaddeerblog October 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM #

    OOO, always any excuse to read Wuthering Heights again thanks!
    “Fludd” by Hilary Mantel is not exactly ‘spooky’ but is unsettling at least, and brilliant obviously because it is by Hilary Mantel.

    I read it because a copy suddenly fell off my bookshelf (this is true) one day as I was sitting here, and I had literally never seen or heard of the book before. I have no idea where it came from. I told this story to a good friend who told me he has a copy that came through the post to him unexpected and without a letter, and he has never ever been able to find our who sent it to him. So I guess we can call it “spooky” after all…


    • Sam October 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM #

      Sounds spooky for other reasons besides the plot! How fun. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. k. a. n. October 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM #

    I’ve wanted to read The Haunting of Hill House ever since I started watching that new netflix series. Knowing anything about books, it’s probably a guarantee that the book will be way better than any film adaption, no matter how good they are, because the book is the original content. Thanks for the list!


    • Sam October 22, 2018 at 1:49 PM #

      I watched the trailer for the Netflix show and it looks completely different. I’d be curious to hear if there are any similarities. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Aymee October 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to read Dark Matter for some time now. Glad to hear it’s so good!


    • Sam October 22, 2018 at 1:49 PM #

      I really loved it, hope you do too! Happy reading.


  5. Cathy746books October 22, 2018 at 3:14 PM #

    I love We Have Always Lived – so creepy. I’ve heard great things about Dark Matter. Tempting.


    • Sam October 22, 2018 at 3:36 PM #

      I read it super fast even though I was super busy. Happy reading!


  6. Ryan October 22, 2018 at 11:13 PM #

    It just read and reviewed The Haunting of Hill House a couple weeks ago. It was great!


    • Sam October 23, 2018 at 4:48 AM #

      Perfect time of year for Jackson. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Loreen October 25, 2018 at 3:09 PM #

    Bird Box is intense. Well, at least it was for me. I’m so glad you listed it in this post.


    • Sam October 25, 2018 at 3:14 PM #

      Agreed! I’m looking forward to the movie. The trailer looks great!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Loreen November 9, 2018 at 3:57 PM #

        Me too. I think Sandra Bullock will be great in it.


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