Right now, I’m reading a contemporary. It’s a really enjoyable contemporary and I’m liking it a lot, but I’m pretty sure it means I’m skipping out on reading something spooky or scary tomorrow night.
That being said, I know a lot of books that would be perfect to curl up with instead for Halloween, and I thought it would be fun to share them so that maybe you can enjoy some of them for me. I’ve got an extremely varied selection today but hopefully you’ll find something that piques your interest!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book is my favourite. The entire series is so incredibly creepy that it’s perfect for this time of year, but I’d recommend it really at any time. With mental asylums, paranormal activity and trauma-induced amnesia, this book is perfect to spook yourself with this Halloween.
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. I read a lot of high-school thriller novels and this is a good example. Although not the scariest book I’ve ever read, this is an easy read in a creepy, rigged house, following a group of students who played a part in another person’s death; I’d say that’s scary enough.
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by Various Authors. This collection is creepy. It’s made up of fourteen stories from fourteen incredible horror and thriller authors (including my favourite author ever- Marie Lu) and, although they obviously aren’t perfect, there’s definitely a scary story for everyone in there.
Beneath The World, A Sea by Chris Beckett. This book is definitely an acquired taste. It isn’t scary in the traditional way of ghosts and monsters and murders (although there definitely is death); this story takes place on a unique island where the creepy inhabitants drive you to insanity the minute you get too close. It’s not creepy so much as it’s unnerving, so if you’re looking for something a little different and you’re tired of the Halloween gimmicks, this is the one.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This is the most traditional Halloween read on my list. With an unlikely romance between a murderous ghost and a ghost hunter, this book has everything a YA horror book needs. If I was going to re-read any book this spooky season, this would definitely be the one I’d choose.
Those are my top five choices for reads this Halloween! Let me know what you think of the books on my list and feel free to comment some spooky and creepy recommendations of your own; I’m happy to keep spooky season going all year round so I’d love to check some out.
Happy Halloween everyone!