We all know what time it is… spooky season is here! If you’ve been following me for a while, you might already know that October is the month I read all of the spooky things. This month, I am still trying to finish some projects I’m working on for the blog (and get ahead on some of my bigger end-of-the-year posts). I also recently had a bit of a shakeup at work and have been working a ton of overtime, which means a lot less reading time. But I did leave room in my reading plans for a few spooky books, so here is what is on my list for this month:

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

I love Christina Henry’s books, but for some reason I never got around to reading it when it came out last year. It’s about missing people, murder, and maybe a monster. Sounds super creepy, and I am definitely in the mood for something like this right now. This is definitely Halloween vibes, and I can’t wait. I also know from experience Christina Henry books are generally fairly quick, exciting reads, which is perfect for my very tired brain this month.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

My fall reading list wouldn’t be complete without some dark academia, and I’ve been staring at this one since it came out a year ago. I don’t know if it’s the title or the cover, but this one just keeps catching my eye. I picked up the audiobook a while back (I think it was on sale or something at libro.fm). I don’t know a ton about this one other than that there is murder and it’s set at an old school, but it seems like a great spooky read.

The Year of Witching by Alexis Henderson

If you didn’t know, I graduated college with a degree in history. From a university in Boston, which is very close to Salem. Yes, that Salem (I’ve been there – though not for Halloween). And I find the whole witch trials thing fascinating (and a little sad). This seems like of like a fantastical take on that, and it seems like something I might really enjoy.

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

This is actually the only on this book that isn’t fantasy or horror/thriller. It is actually a dark sci-fi novel. I’m not quire sure if this will feel different from everything else on this list, or mostly have the same vibes, but I do want to try it. I’ve heard great things about so many of Rivers Solomon’s books and I can’t believe I haven’t read one yet. Definitely want to try to get to at least one of them this year.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

I mostly stick to adult books, but this is one middle-grade series that I truly enjoy. Possibly because it features a very persnickety cat. But it’s just a fun, cute series that is also surprisingly dark for middle grade. So basically the perfect little break between everything else I’ll be reading this month.

Later by Stephen King

And, finally, my annual Stephen King Halloween read. This will be my eighth year, and I’ll be honest, I’m not quite as excited about it this year. The last few years there was a book I was excited about reading, and this year I had trouble deciding. I was looking at The Outsider, but after the beginning of this month, I had to go with something shorter. So, Later it is. Partly because I already had a copy and it was easy. But it sounds pretty good. There’s still a (minuscule) possibility that I get ahead on all my reading by the end of the month and end up reading something else. We’ll see.


That’s it for October! Keep your fingers crossed that I actually get through everything else I need to read this month and get to have some fun spooky reading time.

What are you planning to read this month?

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