October (Halloween) Reading List


It’s October! Which means it’s finally time for some Halloween reads. I love Halloween, but I don’t usually celebrate by wearing a costume or going out. My kind of Halloween is curling up with a cup of hot cider (maybe some purloined candy, too) and a scary book. I’m not all that into scary movies – my idea of Halloween viewing is more Hocus Pocus than The Shining – but books are an entirely different story. I don’t read them often, but I love a good thriller. And nothing gets me in the mood for fall more than some dark books. I might have spent about six months planning this list:

  1. The Dark Half by Stephen King. I’ve definitely developed a tradition of reading scary books in October, but more specifically, I always read a Stephen King book on (or around) Halloween. I wasn’t sure what to pick this year, but decided on The Dark Half on a whim because it was published the year I was born. Once I actually read the synopsis, though, I’ve had to hold myself back from jumping in to this one. The number of times I’ve picked it up off the shelf and then forced myself to put it back over the past couple of months is embarrassingly high.
  2. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. I’m in the camp that really enjoyed Caroline Kepnes’s You. (If “enjoyed” is the right word.) It was unique and terrifying, and I’m still thinking about it nearly two years later. I’m hoping the sequel is just as good, and I’m looking forward to knocking another series off my TBR.
  3. Final Girls by Riley Sager. This book caught my eye a few months ago, and I ended up picking it up as my Book of the Month selection. I’ve been saving it for October, because it looks so perfect for Halloween.
  4. Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. This is the third book in the Diviners series, and I have been eagerly anticipating it for almost two years now. It just came out yesterday – and hopefully my preorder arrived on time – which means I have probably already started reading it.
  5. Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. My project/goal of reading one Shakespeare play a month is going reasonably well. I didn’t know which one I wanted to read this month (I’m trying to save a few of his more well-known plays for later), and this one has been on my radar for a while. I have no idea what it’s about, but it’s a tragedy – perfect for October, I hope – and it makes me think of Titus Andromedon (from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and that makes me smile.

What are you planning on reading this month? Anything special for Halloween?

17 thoughts on “October (Halloween) Reading List

  1. Oooof, Titus is a tough one! It’s good, but I think it gets overlooked because it’s so rough. Also, who doesn’t love Titus Andromedon!
    I highly recommend THE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon for something creepy and engrossing. Once you get started, you won’t stop. For nonfiction, I just read THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY about Arthur Conan Doyle and Spiritualism. The writers were clearly biased but they still did a good job presenting the info. I also recommend FRANKENSTEIN DREAMS, a collection of Victorian (mostly) science fiction short stories, edited by Michael Sims.

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    1. I’ll have to check those out; thanks for the recommendations!

      And I love Titus, hopefully I like the play, too. If anything, I’ll have it out of the way early, right?


    1. It’s… not as good. I honestly can’t decide how I feel about it. It’s weird and kind of feels how I would imagine a bad porn movie is like. If they tried to also make it a horror movie. It’s also not written in second-person POV, which is disappointing. But I don’t completely hate it. I have no idea. I still have about 100 pages left, so we’ll see.

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  2. I love Halloween, but I have never thought of a Halloween reading list. I usually re-read kids Halloween books. The Inn Between and The Doll’s Eyes by Marina Cohen are quite good, although they are both middle grade. Something to think about…

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