10 Spooky Books to Read During Halloween

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween is creeping upon us and do you know what that means? Time to pick out the candy of your choice (for me, it's definitely Reese's) and make a nice cup of hot chocolate (with those tiny marshmallows) with a book to devour during the scariest night of the year.

And I know, it can be difficult to choose a book to read, especially to find one that is as spooky as the night you're reading it on. Look no further, I've got you covered. Here's some pretty spooky reads that fit right in to the scary season. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Halloween Freebie so I'm recommending some Spooky Books to Read During Halloween:

The Forgotten Book by Mecthild Glaser: This one is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Where's the spooky, you ask? Well, there's a twist. A student at a boarding school finds a hidden book that looks like a journal but when written in, all the words in it become truth. The atmosphere of this countryside boarding school coupled with a magical book makes for some spooky vibes.

Alone by Cyn Balog: I went into this knowing absolutely nothing about it- which is the best way to go into most books. And because of it, I was entirely floored at the story. This is the perfect book to read when you're alone at home, on a stormy night. Super creepy!

The Diviners by Libba Bray: I highly recommend the audiobook for this one. Not only is the book itself daunting because it looks huge, but the narrator embodies the roaring 20s lady's voice so well. I haven't continued in this series yet but the first book is such a spooky gem!

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton: I didn't particularly like this story but the writing and the setting sells spooky vibes. 

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich: Probably my favorite one out of this entire list. Dawn Kurtagich surprises again with this book. Actually, if you're looking for a book for Halloween, just check out any book by Dawn Kurtagich, she does not disappoint.

The Accident Season by Moria Fowley-Doyle: If you're looking for something that is truly atmospheric and doesn't explain a whole lot, then The Accident Season is for you. I still have lots of questions but overall, the story does keep you on your toes.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of this one is fairy tales. However, there are some definite spooky parts. Plus, not all fairy tales end in happy endings. 

The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith: I am super picky about reading books with witches. Most of them seem to follow a pattern about finding about their powers and then, of course, trying to save the world with them. With witch books, since they tend to be predictable, I have to be in the mood for them. However, The Secret Circle surprised me. I loved L.J. Smith's writing after reading The Vampire Diaries so I knew I would enjoy The Secret Circle regardless. It was surprising to find one of my most favorite books about witches from it.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski: I devoured this book this month and am still thinking about it. House of Leaves is an immersive experience filled with pictures, letters, interviews, and more to tell a story of a house that may be the gateway to a sort of purgatory. It's an experimental, yet marvelous book to add to your spooky collection.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood: I just finished this one and it was as spooky as I was hoping it would be. This book is another about witches but instead trying to figure out their powers, these characters have known about their powers for a long time and hope to keep it a secret. Unless the Brotherhood of the town will have them hanged if they find out. It's a high stakes, historical paranormal that has lovely writing and a spooky atmosphere.

What spooky books are reading this Halloween?

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  1. I've always been curious about House of Leaves...maybe one day. And I liked And The Trees Crept In, but I think he first book is my favorite of the two (I need to read her newest one). I LOVED The Diviners, and Lair of Dreams is really good too. I have the third, so I need to get reading.


  2. Ooh, I love books that work best when you know nothing about them. Alone is going on my TBR.

    My TTT.

  3. I have heard some good things about The Hazel Wood and Born Wicked sounds like something I would enjoy, I'll have to add those to my TBR! Great list.

  4. The Secret Circle! Gosh, that brings back memories. That is perfect for Halloween. I read it so long ago, but I also watched that TV show and I miss it.

  5. I ADORED The Secret Circle. The original trilogy is one of my favourites. One of my oldest and dearest favourites, really! I loved it so much. I'll never tire of it. Also, adore The Hazel Wood--it is PERFECT for this time of year.

  6. YES to hot chocolate and Reese’s. That sounds perfect. I’ve got my sweets and scary books ready for tonight.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!