Books I Want to Read for Halloween

Hi Bookworms!

As October has arrived, the weather gets ever chillier and darker, and Halloween approaches, giving the perfect opportunity to cozy up with an atmospheric book. Here are the books I look forward to reading this month and that I think are going to be more enjoyable during this season! I don’t know if I will be able to read them all, but I surely will try.

Are you reading something specific for Halloween?

Thee Dark Crowns Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake

Synopsis: In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.

The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

Synopsis: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Night Film by Marisha PesslNight Film, by Marisha Pessl

Synopsis: Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.
On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.
For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.
The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.

The House of Spirits Isabel AllendeThe House of Spirits. by Isabel Allende

Synopsis: Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

42 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read for Halloween

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale and Stalking Jack the Ripper are AMAZING! I really hope you enjoy them!! Night Film is also on my TBR although I’m not sure when I will get to it! Excited to see your thoughts on those! ^^


  2. This is a lovely list. Having read The Bear and the Nightingale at the beginning of the year, I can definitely say that it is a good cool/cold weather read. I read it in January and it was perfect, and I’ll be reading the sequel pretty soon.

    Have a great month of atmospheric reads.

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  3. The Bear and the Nightingale and Stalking Jack the Ripper are both on my TBR..I plan to read Jack the Ripper this month too if I have time! I’m reading Night Film now; I have been all of Sept, lol. It’s an audiobook so it’s so slow going since I don’t listen to them as often as I read physical books, which is frustrating since I would have finished it by now. But it’s definitely very creepy!!

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    • That is so nice!! I look forward to seeing what you think of Jack the Ripper & Night Film, it will be very cool to see what your thoughts on them when I am reading basically at the same time 😀 😀


      • You may be done with Night Film before I am the rate I’m going with the audiobook lol. I’m only listening to it about 20 min a day and still have about 10 hours left 😂 I hope to start Jack the Ripper soon but have to finish 2 ARC books. Whether I’ll review either, I have no clue. I’ve not been reviewing books that weren’t ARCs since going back to school fulltime and returning to teaching since I don’t have a lot of time. I’ve got a backlog of 20 books or so to review when I get a chance 📚

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        • It’s still nice to talk to people who read books you recently read, even if you decide not to review, we could still curse/praise books in Goodreads or so! And so cool that you’re a teacher. Not an easy job and not appreciated enough, in my opinion!
          ARCs are starting at me accusingly too… but my other books look so much more interesting. *sigh*


          • True, lol! I didn’t think of that! I haven’t had coffee yet and haven’t woken up, lol. Awww, thanks! It’s definitely difficult. You are always doing the job since there are always things to grade and lessons to plan, and I teach college level, so I have 164 students this semester so it’s a lot lol. I just finished grading 164 8-10 page essays over the past week and thought my eyeballs were going to fall out, lol. I’m glad that’s over…until the next one 😂 Yes, I’ve got books I’d rather read than these 2 ARC for Oct. The ARC I really want to read aren’t published until Jan and Feb, so I have time thank God!

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          • Coffee is love, coffree is life. ❤

            Omg 164 essays!! That is both impressive & scary. I thought of becoming a teacher for a while, and taught Physics for a while during college… so I have a secret passion for teaching, which in my country isn't a good idea, another reason why I didn't follow the profession. But yes, it's lots of hard work…

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          • I never did get the coffee, lol! But yes it is! It is a scary number of essays, especially when some of them are scarily bad LOL! Physics is what is impressive!! Wow!! I’m terribly impressed! I love math, and I LOVE biology…I wanted to be a Doctor before deciding to become an English lit teacher, but I could never do physics. I took one semester and although I liked it so much more than chemistry, I would never have been able to do it again LOL! That’s too bad that teaching is not a good field in your country…I’m sure you would be great at it. It’s so hard to find a career you are passionate about, and I couldn’t imagine not teaching although after 16 years, I’m almost ready to be done LOL.


  4. I have decided to read Through the Woods by Emily Carroll as my Halloween themed read this month. I’m really interested in reading Stalking Jack the Ripper. It’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait to get to it!

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  5. Stalking Jack the Ripper is one that I really want to read this month! But there are so many books that I still have to read.. [Including Wonder Woman, darnit!]
    I’ve been doubting whether or not to get Three Dark Crowns, but that’s simply because I didn’t really like Anna Dressed in Blood all that much. I didn’t even feel the need to pick up the sequel, so.. I don’t know..

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    • I’ve never read Anna Dressed in Blood, so I’m going with no knowledge of the writer into Three Dark Crowns… Was Anna Dressed Kendera’s debut novel?
      Too many books to read is a problem, but a lovely one. 😀 I hope you like both Stalking Jack the Ripper & Wonder Woman. Also, no hurry, your books will be waiting for you patiently 🙂

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  7. This list is awesome! We love Halloween and are always looking for spooky and fun books to help us get in the spirit! Stalking Jack The Ripper and Three Dark Crowns are two of our favorite books, so we highly recommend them and they are perfect for this time of the year 🙂

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