If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I love my Halloween reading. Basically, October is an excuse to read all the spooky scary books. And I have done just that every October since I started this blog (kind of before, too, but I wasn’t really keeping track).
Adventures of a Bibliophile is about to turn six, which means there have been five years of Halloween reads. And, to celebrate the spookiest day of the year this year, I thought it might be kind of fun to take a look at my favorite spooky October reads from the past five years!
Slade House by David Mitchell
Slade House is about a house (in case that wasn’t obvious). Every nine years the residents invite people inside. Lonely people, or people who are different. Once inside, they find they don’t want to leave. Then they discover they can’t. It’s spooky and creepy and it actually ends on Halloween 2015, so this was a super fun book to have read that year.
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
This was the year I discovered V. E. Schwab. I started with A Darker Shade of Magic, which I loved. But Vicious blew me away. This was the book that made me fall in love with her stories. It’s dark and interesting and so unique and creative. One of the biggest reasons I love this book so much is that every single character is morally grey. It’s hard to tell the villain from the hero. It’s just really something special, and a book I will be reading over and over.
Misery by Stephen King
Every year, for seven years now, I have read a Stephen King book for Halloween. And, in 2016, I read Misery. I already had a feeling I was going to like this – I’d already seen the movie and loved it – so it wasn’t at all a surprise that this became one of my favorite Stephen King novels. Annie Wilkes is one of the greatest villains of all time, and she’s one of the reasons I love Kathy Bates so much.
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
Honestly, this wasn’t my best Halloween reading year. But this book was pretty good! I love this series as a whole. It’s dark and creepy and just so engaging. I loved the first book – which is about a serial killer who is a ghost – and it really set me up to fall in love with these characters. One of my absolute favorite things about this series is that it’s set in the 1920s and has an incredibly diverse cast. It’s not really something I’ve come across before, and it just makes me smile (even when there are murders and curses going on).
The Dark Half by Stephen King
This was the year I decided to read the Stephen King novel that was published the year I was born (clearly, I couldn’t decide on a book). It’s not very well known, but I really enjoyed it! It’s about an author who decides to kill off the character he is best known for having written. A magazine stages a photoshoot where they make a fake tombstone for that character. And then… something climbs out of that grave. It’s clever and weird, and if you like books about writing or writers, you should definitely check this one out.
The Green Mile by Stephen King
This was actually not my official Stephen King Halloween read this year. I’d actually picked The Dead Zone (based on a recommendation from someone I don’t like, so it’s no surprise it didn’t make this list). I couldn’t get into that one, so, on a whim, I decided to finally read The Green Mile. I listened to the audiobook and ended up struggling to hold back sobs at work. Yes, Stephen King had me crying at work over a mouse. Even though I have watched the movie many times and knew what happens, this still got me. I just love this story so much. It’s hard to pick a definitive favorite Stephen King at this point, but The Green Mile is a strong contender.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This book is easily one of the weirdest – if not the weirdest – things I have ever read. And I loved it! It’s creepy and dark and mysterious and suspenseful, basically everything you want in a Halloween read. Not only is it a great young adult novel, it’s just a great novel. I loved it at thirty and my cousin loved it just as much at thirteen.
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
I love Christina Henry’s books. And I have to say, this might be one of my favorites. It’s dark, it’s creepy, it’s a retelling of a fairy tale we all know and love, but post-apocalyptic. This kind of reminded me of a zombie story, except there aren’t any zombies. I don’t want to say too much more, except that I love it. Also, the main character is mixed-race and bi, so if you’re looking for a creepy diverse read, pick up this one.
It by Stephen King
I first read it when I was twelve. And my brain (very kindly) blocked it out. Which also ended up working in my favor because I got to experience this story at thirty and… wow was it good. As I’m sure you know, this book is massive. But I couldn’t put it down. It sucked me in and took me for a while ride. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t have nightmares, but nothing really scares me anymore, so maybe I’ve read too much Stephen King. Either way, I loved it.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post! It was pretty fun to look back at what I’ve read for Halloween from the past five years and remember some of my favorites. This year is another not-great year for Halloween reading, but I do think the Stephen King book I am currently reading will make it on my next favorites list – I’m really enjoying it so far!
Do you read anything specific for Halloween? What’s your favorite spooky or scary book?