Halloween Picks!

It's October! Which also means that it's the month of Halloween (it isn't just one day!) So I've made a helpful list of great books for this time of the year.

1. Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine

I'm a massive lover of all things Rachel Caine and had to limit myself to only one book by her on this list, so of course, I decided to choose the series about vampires and creepy creatures and the best friendship group ever.

Claire Danvers is a college student at Texas Prarie University. Only, she's younger than the rest of the students and a total stranger to Morganville. She's pretty much a know it all. What she doesn't know is that the town she has just moved into is run by vampires. Glass Houses is an introduction to the 16 book series that follows survival in a town run by vampires and constantly under attack by even more dark and sinister creatures.

Fair enough, 16 books is a bit longer than just an October read, but it's a good time to start!

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2. The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman

It's been years since I first read this! I got it from my secondary school's library and I still remember how much it creeped me out!

Kyle is on a train going on a school trip with his friends but then the train crashes. He seems to be the only person conscious after the crash and discovers that he can see different people's nightmares. The novel contains 13 short stories of nightmares that Kyle experiences when he slips into the minds of the other passengers on the train.

This was terrifying, which makes it perfect for a Halloween read!

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3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Time to dig out the best classic ever written!

Jane grows up being abused by her aunt and cousins, gets sent off to boarding school, and then becomes a governess, employed by Edward Rochester. The two grow closer and Jane eventually falls in love with him, not realising how secretive he is and the things that he is hiding.

Get it in the UK and the US

4. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

If murder mysteries are your thing, this is the perfect October read for you.

Atticus Pünd is a loved writer of murder mysteries. But when his death becomes one, it is up to his editor to piece together both the puzzle of his death and the mystery of where the missing pages to his last novel have gone (and along with that rollercoaster, she tries to find out who committed the murders in his latest novel). It's full of twists and turns and the ending will shock you. (Definitely not in a clickbaity way)

Get it in the UK and the US

5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

What's not to love about Victorian London being taken over by Martians?

A tense and gripping classic is the best to spend darker nights with. The War of the Worlds is dark and follows humanity as it tries to overcome being taken over by giant metal machines from Mars.

Even if you don't feel like reading it, Jeff Wayne's musical version is also amazing and perfect for Halloween.

Get it in the UK and the US

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This spinoff to Fangirl is probably exactly what you've been looking for. Set in a Potter-esque magic school, Baz and Simon both come together to defeat a monster. Simon is useless, Baz is dark, but together they make the best partnership.

Get it in the UK and the US

7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Can a book set in Cornwall really be creepy? Yes.

Featuring a young and naive narrator who has just married an older man, Rebecca follows her journey discovering who this man she has married really is, and the true story of how his last wife died. With multiple twists and turns, it's both haunting and a great book to snuggle up with on a cold night.

If you're a fan of Jane Eyre, this is perfect.

Get it in the UK and the US

8. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

I couldn't possibly make a list without popping something in by Chris Riddell.

The Goth Girl series is perfect for reading on those darker nights. Ada Goth, the only daughter of Lord Goth (I really hope this is a Byron reference) lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall. She's lonely until she meets Ishmael the mouse in this first instalment.

Okay, so the series may be aimed at kids. But it's still enjoyable, funny, and a nice quick read.

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9. The Spiderwick Chronicles - The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Three siblings move into the Spiderwick Estate, previously owned by a relative. They discover a secret library (what's cooler than a secret library?!) and along with it, find out about the existence of mysterious and dangerous creatures.

It's a great start to a series and makes a good quick read, perfect for picking up as the nights are starting to get darker.

Get it in the UK and the US

10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

It took me way too long to decide which version out of my collection to take a photo of for this.

As an Alice in Wonderland nerd, stalker, fangirl and everything in between, I think it suits just about every occasion. Hallowe'en is the perfect time for both kids and adults to read it.

Think about it: what's creepier than falling down a hole and finding yourself in a new world, full of weird creatures and mad people who don't make sense? It's actually a deeply troubling novel (probably just my thoughts, but whatever) and I think it's perfect for Halloween.

Get it in the UK and the US

Tell me your favourite Halloween reads in the comments!


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