October Reading List

october reading list

Every year, the month I get most excited about when it comes to reading is October. Because it’s HALLOWEEN TIME! Which is basically my excuse to terrify myself with all of the horror novels and creepy thrillers I can get my hands on. And this month, I am not holding back. I’m already scared. Let’s do this!

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. This might not seem like the scariest novel on my list, but City of Ghosts, the first novel in this middle grade series, was genuinely creepy. And I loved it. It’ll be nice to have a book that doesn’t make me jump in the dark. Because I have a feeling most of this list will.

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup. This is a detective thriller about a serial killer in Copenhagen who leaves a calling card: a little doll made of chestnuts. I’ve actually been wanting to read a Scandinavian thriller (weirdly specific, I know), and this one sounds sufficiently creepy.

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. More serial killers! I’ve heard great things about this one, and recently picked up a copy, so I think it would be perfect for Halloween reading. Plus, it’s pretty short, and I read thrillers pretty fast, so I can probably fly through this in an afternoon (ideally a cozy, overcast afternoon).

The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. I planned to read more classics this year, and, while I did read a few, I think I can fit one more in this fall. I love Frankenstein and Mary Shelley so I’m excited about this one.

And, my sixth annual Stephen King Halloween read will be…

It by Stephen King. I am fully aware that reading this during a very busy month seems like a terrible idea (this book is the size of my head). But when I couldn’t decide which Stephen King book to choose for my annual Halloween King read, this kept calling to me. And the second I decided on a completely different book, a little voice in my head started nagging me about It. And it felt like a bad idea to ignore the little voice. Plus, then I can watch the new movies (which I haven’t seen yet).


I’m hoping to read more than this during the month of October, but I also know there is a classic and a very large horror novel on this list. So I’ll stop the list here to save myself from going crazy.

What are you planning on reading for Halloween this year? Or in October in general?

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