(I’m so scary, I know.)
It’s October!!!! Besides the fact that I’m currently having a crisis because we only have three months of 2019 left (like how did that happen), I’m looking forward to Halloween. (I mean, not really, because Halloween isn’t that big here in the Philippines, and I haven’t dressed up or done anything Halloween-ish on the 31st in forever, but I like that October is a great month to read spooky books!) What better way to showcase my excitement than to recommend some books that are perfect for the spooky season!
But before we get into the recs, I must inform you all that I’ll probably become super inactive on the blogosphere this month. The number of table tennis practices I have scheduled has increased, and the second quarter of the school year ends this month, bringing in a bunch of periodical tests. I’m already behind on comments, and as much as I wouldn’t like it to stay that way, it probably will. I’ve also done my best to be consistent with blog hopping and posting, but I think that it’s time to stop prioritizing those two. I am gonna try and post something at least once a week (hopefully the quality of my posts won’t go down), but do know that I’ll be less active. I have semester break at the end of October though, so expect me to return around that time. 😈
The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
I may have been disappointed with the sequel, but this is still the ultimate Halloween book recommendation okay. This book series takes place in 1920’s New York, and I don’t think I got the phrase “make a setting come to life” until I read these books. They are pretty huge, in page count and in the amount of characters and plot lines they follow, but everything is handled in such a professional manner. In the first book, the villain is a serial killer called Naughty John, and I got so many chills whilst reading about him because he’s that creepy. From this series’ spooky atmosphere, focus on the occult, and supernatural elements, it’s the perfect Halloween read. Plus, the final book is coming out really soon, so what are you waiting for 😉
Rep: Jewish characters, Black characters, gay characters, ace character, Chinese characters
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Since we’re all “acting” when we dress up as someone for Halloween, I thought that it would be fitting to recommend a book following passionate actors in this post. If We Were Villains also has a very dark and thriller-like atmosphere. 🎃 Read my full review.
Rep: main m/m relationship
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
In this world, different degrees of sins create different types of monsters. Here is a very helpful song to get to know them:
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Despite this though, I don’t think that This Savage Song is super scary. It’s more of an action-packed romp that asks questions about what makes someone human. If you want something that fits the vibe of the season, but isn’t gonna keep you up at night, this book is perfect. It also follows the softest monster ever, August.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)by Seanan McGuire
Though this is the second in the series, it’s a prequel, so I’d recommend reading it before the first book. We follow twins Jack and Jill, who discover a portal that leads them to the Moors, a gothic world that calls to mind works like Frankenstein or Dracula. This book is also only about 200 pages long—perfect to get ahead on your Goodreads reading challenge, especially since the year is ending.
Rep: f/f romance (though SPOILER: it ends in tragedy), fat love interest
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco
This is only the first book in the series, but I really enjoyed it, even though it was hard to get into the story at times! Since it follows necromancers and witches, it would be perfect to read during Halloween. I’ve also heard amazing things about the sequels! 🎃 Read my full review.
Rep: PoC-coded characters (East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, etc.) and a side character who is possibly on the trans spectrum
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant
Like The Diviners, this book is actually scary, like straight-up brutal, so please proceed with caution. It’s an adult book following an expedition of scientists who are off to find killer mermaids, and, unfortunately, they do. The book quickly turns into a survival story as the passengers aboard the ship get eaten one by one. Though the writing is filled with scientific jargon that doesn’t really get explained, I love how this looks at mermaids not as mythical or magical creatures, but on a scientific and anatomical point of view. (The dissection scene was my fave.) 🎃 Read my full review.
Rep: deaf characters, bi main character, lesbian love interest, autistic love interest, Black side character
And there we have it! All my spooky and dark book recs!! Admittedly, even though I made this post, I don’t coordinate the books I read with the time of year, because I’m too lazy, and also because I’m a slow reader. I’ll probably just be spending October catching up on arcs and finishing books I started in September.
I hope you have a wonderful reading month, whether you’re reading spooky books or not!