I can’t believe it’s already October! Since I have a ton of “spooky” books on my TBR list, I decided to make it a theme this month, and read them all. Ok, not all of them, but a lot of them. And I will probably add in a bunch of other books as the month goes on. I am really excited to get some awesome reading done this month, and here are my picks:
1. The Shining by Stephen King. Last year, I celebrated Halloween by reading Stephen King’s short story anthology Full Dark, No Stars, which was amazing! Since I love Stephen King, and have not read nearly as many of his books as I would like, I have decided to start a tradition of reading Stephen King books on/around Halloween. The Shining has been on my list forever and my cousin has been bugging me to read it because it’s his favorite book. So this year, I will be spending Halloween at the Overlook Hotel. Also, I may not sleep.
2. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I started the audiobook a while back, and loved the first half so much I actually bought a hard copy. And then I just never finished it. It’s been quite a few years since I read Fahrenheit 451, and I forgot what a great writer Bradbury was! Something Wicked This Way Comes is pretty creepy, so I figured it would make a great pre-Halloween read.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I thought I’d throw this book in this month because it’s been sitting on my windowsill for ages, and it seems interesting and spooky, and why not?
4. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. This is one of the books for my Popsugar Reading Challenge – a book set in my hometown. Orange County was as close as I could get, and this book looks wonderfully weird and dark.
5. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. I love Neil Gaiman and I’ve been meaning to read this sequel to American Gods for a while. This book was also on my 2015 Reading List, so I figured it would be a good idea to throw it in this month.
6. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I’ve never been all that into zombies, but I actually liked the movie based off this book, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Plus, it kind of completes the whole Halloween theme I’ve got going, right?
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I really enjoyed Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and I like historical fiction, so I thought this would be a really fun, albeit somewhat ridiculous, read.
8. Slade House by David Mitchell. I actually already finished this book around 1 am this morning because I couldn’t put it down. It’s a story about a haunted house, and is told as five stories that span five decades – Mitchell is famous for this style (think Cloud Atlas or The Bone Clocks). The coolest part is that the story concludes on October 31, 2015. So, obviously, I had to read it this month, right? The book will be released October 27th, and I will have a review up soon!
I am also planning on making some progress with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series this month. I read volume 1 last month and loved it, and am looking forward to reading the rest.
So there you go! I’ve got ghosts and zombies and vampires and murderers, a creepy circus, a haunted hotel, a phantom mansion, mind-altering/personality-splitting drugs, and an African god who takes the form of a spider. I think this month is sufficiently spooky.
Let me know what books you’re planning on reading this month and feel free to join me in my (unofficial) Halloween read-a-thon!