October Reading List – Misery Chastain Cannot Be Dead!

I love fall! It is the perfect season to read, and once the weather turns cold (still waiting, California), I start craving darker books. I don’t celebrate many holidays with reading, but every October, I love getting in the mood for Halloween with scary books. Reading horror, thrillers, or anything creepy puts me in the mood for fall, for some reason. This year, I have some great ones on my list. And, since I have a bit of time off from school and work at the end of the month, I’m hoping to get some great reading done! Here are some of the books I’m hoping to get around to this month:

This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong. Last October, I read the first book in this duology – John Dies at the End – and decided to save the second book for this year. The first one is probably one of the weirdest things I’ve ever read, so I definitely think it’s Halloween-appropriate. Plus, the cover is covered in paper spiders, which is kind of awesome (even though I hate spiders).

Misery by Stephen King. This is now the third or fourth year I have read Stephen King books on Halloween. It’s the only reading tradition I really stick with, and it’s something I look forward to when fall rolls around. I love Stephen King, and I don’t read his books enough, so this is a great reason to read at least one a year. This year, I decided to go with Misery because it’s one of my favorite Stephen King movies (who doesn’t love Kathy Bates?) and I think it will be appropriately scary.

Horns OR NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. This month, I want to finally read a Joe Hill book. I have a copy of Horns and the audiobook of NOS4A2 (which is read by Kate Mulgrew, aka Red on Orange is the New Black – love her!), but I can’t decide. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read either of these books, and which one you think I should read this month! (The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box are also options…)

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I got this book in last month’s Book of the Month Club box, and I’ve been hearing great things about it! I really want to read this one, and I think it goes well with my theme for the month, so I’m hoping to pick it up in October.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know that one of my goals this year was to read at least one nonfiction book a month. I was looking for something darker to read this month, so I decided to pick up this book, which is about the aftermath of a murder in Savannah, Georgia’s grandest mansion in 1981. I picked this up thinking it was fiction (I’m not so great at reading synopses) and I think it’ll be a fun addition to my October reading list.

My pick for this month’s Reading New England Challenge – mystery or speculative fiction – is:

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. My cousin has been recommending this one (and The Shining, which I finally read last October) for years. I’m not sure if this is really my cup of tea, but I haven’t read a Dennis Lehane novel, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

This month, I am also going to try and reread The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins before I see the movie, but that’s kind of a low-priority read, because I’m not sure when I’ll get around to seeing the movie, and I’m pretty sure I remember most of the book anyway.

Also, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon takes place on the 22, which is perfect because that’s the one week I have off from school, so I will most likely be participating. If I do decide to do it, I will have a separate TBR up for that later in the month.

What’s on your October TBR?

12 thoughts on “October Reading List – Misery Chastain Cannot Be Dead!

  1. I’ve never read a Dennis Lehane novel either, so I’d love to see a review when you’ve read it ๐Ÿ˜€ I actually just got The Girl on the Train from the library, but I haven’t seen the movie yet. I don’t have incredibly high expectations though because I’ve seen some mixed reviews… Happy reading!

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    1. I will definitely be reviewing Shutter Island, but probably closer to the end of the month (not sure exactly when I’ll get to reading it). I didn’t LOVE The Girl on the Train, but it’s kind of stuck in my head, so I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about it this time. It’s good that you’re not going into it with high expectations.


  2. I’m hoping to read girl on the train this October but other than that, I’m trying to get out of a huge reading slump so any recommendations are welcome ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. I just got out of a huge reading slump myself. If you’re into light fantasy, I’d highly recommend The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s a great fall read, and the writing drew me in immediately. It’s one of those books that instantly pulled me out of a reading slump.

      Let me know what kind books you like to read, and I can try to give a few more recommendations!

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        1. Hmmm… I don’t read a ton of contemporary. I recently read Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and really enjoyed it! I’d also recommend Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. You’ve probably already read those if you love contemporary, though. Sorry I don’t have a lot of contemporary recommendations!


  3. I totally agree that October is THE time for “dark and stormy night” books. Last October I read “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield while on a rainy vacation in the Smoky Mountains and the atmosphere was utterly perfect. This October I’m planning to finally read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier — though I don’t think it’ll be quite the same reading it in Hawaii.

    I’ve read three Joe Hill books and my favorite is “The Fireman,” but it’s different from his other books and not really the October feel you’re looking for. I read “NOS4A2” earlier this year and loved it (though it was a bit tough for me to get into at first), but “Horns,” while not quite as good, is a lot shorter and has the right creepy feel for the season.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I might go for Horns, then (it’s the one that’s been sitting on my shelf the longest, anyway). I remember really enjoying Rebecca when I read it in high school. And I loved The Thirteenth Tale, which I read around the same time. I think I need to reread both of them at some point.


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