Halloween Reading Plans (2020 Edition)

Hello readers!

Every October I start getting  hyped for Halloween (Witches’ Day in Brazil) and enjoy planning the makeup I will do and the food we’ll cook (the Cockroaches Brownies are a staple by now) and movies to watch and sometimes we throw a small party. It’s a grand time all around, and one of the best parts for me is spending the month reading creepy, atmospheric stuff to make me more excited for Halloween and also come to terms with Summer being now really REALLY over and the cold being here to stay for the next 5 months. We won’t have serotonine anymore but at least there’s books!

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My TBR

Daughter from the Dark by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko

An ARC I am very excited for! This sounds weird and magical and dark and I expect it to make it to my favorite fantasies of the year.

Late one night, fate brings together DJ Aspirin and ten-year-old Alyona. After he tries to save her from imminent danger, she ends up at his apartment. But in the morning sinister doubts set in. Who is Alyona? A young con artist? A plant for a nefarious blackmailer? Or perhaps a long-lost daughter Aspirin never knew existed? Whoever this mysterious girl is, she now refuses to leave.

A game of cat-and-mouse has begun.

<Claiming that she is a musical prodigy, Alyona insists she must play a complicated violin piece to find her brother. Confused and wary, Aspirin knows one thing: he wants her out of his apartment and his life. Yet every attempt to get rid of her is thwarted by an unusual protector: her plush teddy bear that may just transform into a fearsome monster.

Alyona tells Aspirin that if he would just allow her do her work, she’ll leave him—and this world. He can then return to the shallow life he led before her. But as outside forces begin to coalesce, threatening to finally separate them, Aspirin makes a startling discovery about himself and this ethereal, eerie child.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Another one I’ve owned forever and has made it to two previous Halloween TBRs already so this time I absolutely HAVE to read it!

An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Admitedly I don’t know much about this books, but I loved Vicious and the synopsis sounds mysterious and magical and perfect for Fall.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre

This is a creepy space sci-fi and ever since reading The Eighth Passenger I’m really into those!

Hundreds of miles above Earth, the space station Ciudad de Cielo — The City in the Sky — is a beacon of hope for humanity’s expansion into the stars. But not everyone aboard shares such noble ideals.

Bootlegging, booze, and prostitution form a lucrative underground economy for rival gangs, which the authorities are happy to turn a blind eye to until a disassembled corpse is found dancing in the micro-gravity.

In charge of the murder investigation is Nikki “Fix” Freeman, who is not thrilled to have Alice Blake, an uptight government goody-two-shoes, riding shotgun. As the bodies pile up, and the partners are forced to question their own memories, Nikki and Alice begin to realize that gang warfare may not be the only cause for the violence.

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu

A classic short story! I got it last month and I’m really excited for it!

Following a near fatal carriage collision, the beautiful young Carmilla is taken in by the narrator Laura and her father. The two young women become strangely attracted to each other, but there seems to be more to Carmilla than meets the eye. After her arrival in the village, local peasants begin to die and Laura falls ill and languishes. What is Carmilla’s true identity, and can she be to blame?

The Three-Body Problem by Cinxin Liu

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind. Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang’s investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredictable interaction of its three suns. This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists’ deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

These two books are Brazilian horrors (the second one is a graphic novel!) that I’ve owned for the LONGEST time. Both of these authors have books in English as well (The Veil by André Vianco and Perfect Days by Raphael Montes) but I haven’t read them and can’t attest for the story or translation.

Penumbra por André Vianco

No livro, Vianco nos apresenta à Lana, uma menina teimosa e decidida que, quando acorda num lugar misterioso, descobre que precisará deixar para trás tudo o que mais ama. Ao se recusar, ela desafiará a Penumbra e sua guardiã, a babá Osso Duro, uma mulher velha e seca, dona de um sorriso cadavérico e assustador. O que Lana não esperava era ter de se juntar à babá Osso Duro para lutar contra as forças da Penumbra, pois percebe que somente juntas poderão vencer a distância e o vazio deixado pela separação daqueles que mais amam. Carregado de sombra e doçura, Penumbra, o novo romance de André Vianco, faz o leitor conhecer, muito além das aparências, duas personagens intrigantes, que travam batalhas contra a saudade e descobrem, de forma surpreendente, que alguns laços nunca poderão ser desfeitos.

O Vilarejo por Raphael Montes

Em 1589, o padre e demonologista Peter Binsfeld fez a ligação de cada um dos pecados capitais a um demônio, supostamente responsável por invocar o mal nas pessoas. É a partir daí que Raphael Montes cria sete histórias situadas em um vilarejo isolado, apresentando a lenta degradação dos moradores do lugar, e pouco a pouco o próprio vilarejo vai sendo dizimado, maculado pela neve e pela fome. As histórias podem ser lidas em qualquer ordem, sem prejuízo de sua compreensão, mas se relacionam de maneira complexa, de modo que ao término da leitura as narrativas convergem para uma única e surpreendente conclusão.

Other books I might get to

If there is time!

Are you reading something this October for Halloween?

9 thoughts on “Halloween Reading Plans (2020 Edition)

  1. Naty what are….cockroaches brownies. I’m too scared too google because I literally cannot even look at the shape of those things lkjdlkjalhflaj

    Some great picks here! I hope you enjoy Addie LaRue, it’s definitely a great autumnal read!

    I also hope to get to Home Before Dark and was kind of thinking of reading Carmilla, as October isn’t complete without a vampire book, but I’m debating between that and Companions of the Night.

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    • LMAO my explanation was awful, apologies. They’re regular brownies, but then I decorate them with roaches! …made out of dates, that is. Cut the date in half lengthwise, one half is the body, the other half you cut into legs and attach to the body. Easy and surprisingly convincing.

      I just started Home Before Dark! It’s good so far but it’s no Lock Every Door… *sigh* Ohh what is Companions of the Night like? I am sorely lacking in good vampire books, except for Carmilla.

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      • I have such a phobia of roaches I think that would give me nightmares lmao

        Companions of the Night is this like…very old school YA vampire tale, I think it was published in the late 90s? Or early 2000s? I read like the first few chapters when I was twelve but for some reason never finished it, but I hear such good things about it I wanna give it another shot!

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  2. YAY Halloween reads!! I’m reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue this month too – I don’t get on too well with horror so this one sounds right up my alley for Halloween ^__^

    PS – I am very curious about the cockroach brownies?! Are they brownie bites that you shape into little cockroaches? I tried to look it up but got some pretty weird results, including brownies made with actual bug flour in them! 😁

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    • How did you like Addie LaRue?? I finished it a couple days ago (and I’m answering comments like… weeks late)

      The brownies are actually just regular chocolate brownies decorated with cockroaches made out of dates! You get a date, cut it in half lengthwise, use one half for the body and the other half you cut into legs. Then just “build” the cockroach on top of every brownie piece. I think we normally don’t bake the cockroach together with the brownie, but surely it works that way, too. It’s very easy, requires NO skill and I find them surprisingly convincing. Really you can decorate anything with date-cockroaches.

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