Monday, October 12, 2015

Which F@!%ing Book Should I Read? (5)

It's Monday, which is usually when we tell you to

But we're switching it up a little bit this week.
It's October! I absolutely adore October! It's officially fall, the leaves are changing color, and I can drink apple cider and hot chocolate to my heart's content. But my absolute favorite thing about October is Halloween and reading spooky or Halloween-esque type books. I have a couple that I read every year because it's tradition. Hello, A Night In The Lonesome October and The Tell-Tale Heart! I usually end up reading urban fantasy and paranormal romance books because the monsters and supernaturals really bring a Halloween feel to the month for me. This year I kind of want to branch out more but I don't know where to start.

Since it's almost Halloween and I've read a good share of Halloween type books over the years, I'm going to leave some recommendations this week along with my co-bloggers. I just want some good Halloweeny books in my life this month!
So this week I'm asking
Sell Me Your Spooky:  Which F-ing Halloween Book Should I Read?
Here are some suggestions from me and my co-bloggers to get it started:

Recs From Rose Red:   

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
It might seem weird to have a middle grade book on this list but I'd be lying if I said that this book didn't creep me the heck out. It's been years since I've first read it and it still scares the crap out of me. Coraline's trip through the forgotten door to an alternate version of her house with her button-eyed parents still creeps me out and makes me nervous when I reread it. It's definitely a Halloween classic in my family and the movie is pretty great too.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Sunshine wins the reward for creepiest vampires ever. Maybe I just feel that way because this was the first vampire book I ever read. I still get creeped out when I think of how malicious and gross the vampires in this book are. It definitely makes for a great Halloween read. It also pairs wonderfully with cinnamon rolls which are always a great thing to have in the fall. If you want to know more about Sunshine, you can read my post about it here.

The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson
This book was both heart-warmingly original and creepy as all get out. The book starts out with teenage American, Rory, arriving in London the day of a murder that mimicked the first Jack the Ripper murder. The book does a wonderful job of chronicling Rory's adventures in becoming one with English culture at a private boarding school in London all while a Jack the Ripper wannabe is terrorizing the populace. Add ghosts to the mix and you get a delightful story that entertains while giving you the creeps. 

Goodies from Gretl:

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
Savannah's been ravaged by Hurricane Josephine and in the aftermath, demons have infiltrated the city. They drug the population so most of them can't see what's really happening, but Dovey figures it out when she sees her dead best friend walking around. With the help of a teenaged bad boy, she sets out to stop the demons and save her friends. This book is super creepy and super twisty! You can read my review here.

This all-star anthology features stories from some of my favorite series like Elemental Assassin, Iron Druid, and Jane True, all having something to do with a circus or carnival. Some of them are more light-hearted and some are just plain creepy- Seanan McGuire's and Delilah S. Dawson's stand out in my mind - so there's something for everyone. The stories are also available separately in e-book format.

The Nocturne Falls Series by Kristen Painter
If you're more in the mood for rom-com than horror, check out this series about a town where everyday is Halloween. The gimmick lets the supernatural residents of Nocturne Falls live out in the open and a little magic ensures the tourists don't believe any of it was real. I love the names of the shops like Mummy's Diner and the streets like Black Cat Boulevard that play up the theme. Each book in the series so far focusses on a different type of supe - vampires, werewolves, fae, and witches.

Tell me about your favorite spooky or Halloween-esque books in the comments!

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  1. Sunshine by Robin McKinley- my very first UF read. I highly recommend it.

    1. I love Sunshine! It's one of my favorite books by McKinley!


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