Bookish Friday | Spooky Reads

I am in my element! As I write this in September, scheduling as many blog posts as I can throughout October! Anyway, as this goes up it’ll be Bookish Friday, you can find the original post here and find out all prompts from October until January there also. This meme is hosted by myself and the ever so lovely Lau whose blog is linked.

Today I will be recommending some spooky reads for you to pick up throughout this spooky season, some won’t be scary at all for those of you who want to read something fall related whilst others might be mild and above.

Witchy Books!

Sanctuary by V V James, this was a really good read, it’s not scary but a great murder mystery to read!

Give The Dark My Love by Beth Revis, not quite witchy but necromancy instead so I thought that I could shove it in with the witchy recommendations – not a scary read.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, a new release and such a fabulous book, I absolutely loved it.

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin: an amazing read, more historical as set in late 1800’s, it’s about a witch and a witch hunter.

Murder Mysteries:

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson, I loved this when I started reading them, so sad that there isn’t a fourth book yet as book three does leave you with questions so if you do read this series, keep that in mind.

What She Found In The Woods by Josephine Angelini: this one did keep me guessing, wasn’t the best murder mystery I’ve read but I did like it.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte: a fantasy murder mystery, kept me on my toes and plot twist I never expected to happen.

A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson: this is one murder mystery I will recommend by screaming from rooftops, a contemporary, really keeps you guessing on who the murder is, I could not for the life of me figure it out!

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: a historical book set in the late 1800’s and the legend we all know now is happening but with the authors own story, Thomas Cresswell is swoonworthy and the mystery of this series is perfect.

Graphic Novels:

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern – a funny graphic novel of a trio of queer misfits going on an adventure and has vampires!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell – a cute contemporary, a fun read!

Middle Grade:

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – the first two books are out in this series if you haven’t yet started it, it’s a milder version of The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson.

Etty Steele Vampire Hunter by Grayson Grave – a vampire book, quick read and it’s a great book, two books out in this series so far (that I know of)

The Darkdeep by Brendan Reichs & Ally Condie – four children end up finding a mysterious island that’s hidden in the mist and they end up messing with things that they shouldn’t. I think if I had read this when I was a child it would’ve freaked me out!


Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo – this one is just a gangster book, similar to Six of Crows and Ace of Shades but it’s a great read and it’s just released!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – if you plan to read this one, please be wary of the trigger warnings mentioned. It’s an incredible book and does deal with darker subjects and it is an adult book.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: a fantasy horror, absolutely incredible and has three characters who are the sawkill girls.


The Beautiful by RenΓ©e Ahdieh – VAMPIRES, historical, set in the late 1800’s, it has murder mystery in it as well, perfect book for a vampire comeback!

Slayer by Kiersten White: A BUFFY BOOK! Except not Buffy, a new character and it takes place after the final season of the TV show. It wasn’t what I expected but ended up really loving it despite that!

House of Night Series by P C & Kristin Cast: these were my favourite vampire books as a teenager, they did freak me out a little bit when I read them at night.


Wilder Girls by Rory Powers, though I didn’t find this horror really but I’m not entirely sure what to place it under? It’s got a mystery setting, sort of apocalyptic as well, it wasn’t my favourite book but it was okay.

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke: a transformation of Guillermo del Toro’s movie, a dark fantasy novel.. I myself have never watched the film.. yet.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones: The dead just don’t stay dead. The corpses that are risen are called bone houses, it’s a curse that they don’t know how to fix.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich: UGH this book was UH-MAZ-ING, it was creepy and amazing and kept me hooked!

Say Her Name by Juno Dawson: this one kept me up at night, it’s about Bloody Mary which is one story that absolutely scares the shit outta me. Highly recommend.

Christina Henry: Just going to recommend all of her books here, they’re dark retellings and perfect to read for halloween season, they do come with trigger warnings so research this one to make sure it’s for you! Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy, The Mermaid & The Girl In Red.

Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney: I read these books when I was a teenager, they were good reads and I devoured them all but just fell out of love with it when the trilogy one came out and just couldn’t finish the final one.

Amy Lukavics: Amy was one of the first YA horror writers that I started reading, Daughters Unto Devils and Women in the Walls! I’ve got The Ravenous to read myself in October and also need to grab Nightingale.


One Word Kill by Mark Lawerence, this is a slight contemporary but it has sci-fi aspects as it involves time travel.


What Magic Is This? by Holly Bourne, a super short read, it’s about three girls who have hope that they’re special and are witches and put their theory to the test one night.


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: this was my first Emily Lloyd-Jones book, our main character ends up making a deal with a demon, her heart in exchange for a way to escape her family life. However the deal is far more than she bargained for.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich: not as good as her debut The Dead House but this was still a good creepy read.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich: DEVOURED this one, such an intriguing paranormal horror book!

I know that I have about a MILLON other books that I could recommend you but I’ll be here all night if I do that! I do have an older post from last year with recommendations if you need more,Β the photos aren’t loading for me but if it happens to you just click on one and you can just turn it into slides instead!

What books would you recommend to me for Halloween?

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