Spooky & Dark Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season 🎃

BOO! 💀

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(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

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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

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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.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

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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.

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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.

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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!

What are your spooky book recommendations? Do you usually read dark or scary books? Have you read any of the books on this list? What books are you planning to read this month? Do they fit the spooky theme?

40 thoughts on “Spooky & Dark Book Recommendations for the Halloween Season 🎃

  1. I am in LOOVE with ALLL of these recommendations! And although I haven’t heard of The Diviners, I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO.M CHECK IT OUT ASAP!

    And it’s alright, honey! I mean, sometimes REAL LIFE HAPPENS and blogging takes a back seat! 🤣 The main thing is that you have let everyone know how it’s gonna be for the rest of the month and now they won’t get offended or anything if you aren’t able to reply! ❤️❤️

    Hope you enjoy your break! ❤️❤️

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    1. Ahh, thank you 😭😭 Wait–you haven’t? Tbh, it’s decently hyped, but it needs more of it, so I’m glad that you know of it now! Yes read it please!! It’s amazing—you won’t regret it.

      Thank you so much!! I really needed to know that since I feel bad that I can’t keep track of all the pingbacks and comments I got:(( I’m back though, and I’m trying my best!

      So far I am! I’ve been so productive so far, and my mental health is the best that it has been in such a long time!

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      1. Well, I first read about The Diviners on your blog but ever since I have been seeing it EVERY-fucking-WHEREEE!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 So dont worry, its got a lot of hype now!! 🤣🤣 But yes, I am still VERY excited to read this one!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

        I GET THAT FEELING!! Because although on your own blog, its easier to track comments but when it comes to keep up with the ones on others’ blogs, I AM A MESS TOOO!! 😭😭😭 I mean, you leave it a day or two and they just disappear from the notifications LIKE WHAT THE FUCK, WORDPRESSS?!? 😡😡😡

        But I am SOOO glad that you are feeling better now and THAT YOU ARE BACK!!! YAYYYYY!’ I am fairly new to your blog BUT I AM ALREADY IN LOVEEE and cant wait to read more of your AWESOMEE POSTSSS!! 😍😍❤️❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍👻👻👻👻👻💕💕💕😘😘😘😘☔️☔️

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      2. OMG I GET THE FEELING! Sometimes a person brings up a book, and I’m like, “Oh, I’ve never heard of that,” and SUDDENLY IT’S EVERYWHERE?? But yeah, please read it haha :”)

        Right?? I hate that WordPress cuts off notifications at a certain point!

        AWW THANK YOU SO MUCH UR GONNA MAKE ME CRY :(( you have awesome comments!! They never fail to make my day <3333

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  2. Ooh I agree with all of them! Haven’t read into the drowning deep though.. IK’m not sure if I can read that one , it sounds so scary haha!


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  3. Ooh I haven’t heard of Into The Drowning Deep but it definitely sounds interesting and will probably end up on my TBR now 😅 I really want to get on with the Diviners soon but all of the rest are on my TBR too so hopefully I’ll get some of these read soon. They definitely all seem fitting for the season

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    1. It’s such a unique book—definitely worth the read if you can handle the subject matter! Not to be biased, but read The Diviners first haha. it’s so good and the author is a literal genius. I hope you get to read the rest soon! I’m glad you think so!

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      1. I’ve added it to my TBR now; oddly I saw it mentioned a week or so later too :L Thanks for the tip (: I definitely do hope to pick that series up soon as it sounds amazing and the setting is one that intrigues me too.

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  4. There are only 3 months left in 2019???? How did this happen????

    These are all such perfect recommendations for this time of year! I read The Diviners last year and I’m hoping to continue with the series this month 😀 And If We Were Villains sounds right up my alley! Hope your Halloween month is going wonderfully ❤

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    1. Don’t mind me, just having an existential crisis because a whole DECADE is about to end!

      Thank you!! Unfortunately, Lair of Dreams disappointed me a little, but that seems like an unpopular opinion. still love the series so much though! I actually have to read Before the Devil Breaks You already myself! Yes, If We Were Villains is so good! I hope yours is too:)


  5. Do not stress about posting all the time or blog hopping! Do what is best for you and your mental health.

    You are reeeeaaallllly making me want to read If We Were Villains! The best spoody book I’ve read recently has been Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski. I’m trying to make my way through The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring but it is a S T R U G G L E. The writing style just isn’t my favorite.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comforting words, Mari! I hope you know that too, and I’m actually on break right now, and it’s been doing wonders for my mental health.

      Do it! It’s so good! Ohh, I haven’t heard of that book, but now I have to add it to my TBR! Ohh, that’s so unfortunate. I was kinda looking forward to reading it, but now I’ll definitely have to rethink things.

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      1. I’m so glad your break was good for your mental health!

        I’m glad you put Remember Me on your TBR! And don’t rethink The Tenth Girl. So many people are loving it and I can understand why! It’s just really slow moving which is not my favorite thing but I’m definitely the black sheep on it.

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  6. First of all, I loved your intro! 👻 I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting things about When We Were Villains that make me very intrigued about the story – a darker atmosphere is definitely perfect for Halloween 🎃 I read a few more spooky books in October & I think that Anna Dressed in Blood is a perfect spooky one 👻

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    1. Thank you!! I thought it would be a little cheesy, but it fit the vibe:)) If We Were Villains is dark academia GOODNESS, & if you like that genre or want to get into it, it’s the perfect read! It’s also so perfect for Halloween! I think I tried to read Anna Dressed in Blood a loooong time ago, but then never finished it for some reason, haha. From what I read, it does fit the spooky season though! I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying all the spooky goods!

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  7. Take care of yourself, Caitlin and I hope that classes and practice and everything will go well ❤ ❤
    I love your recommendations! I don't really read a whole lot of spooky reads, because…. well, I scare way too easily haha, but I did read This Savage Song and I feel like it's a perfect rec for this season and ahhhh I loved August so very much ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’m not sure if they went well, but I’m just glad that they’re over and that I have school break!

      Ohh, same. But I just don’t reach for them for some reason :”) Definitely relate to scaring easily though! But This Savage Song is a perfect Halloween non-spooky recommendation! Yes, August, my baby 😭

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  8. Great list!! 😀 I’ve only read This Savage Song, but it really fits the Halloween mood. I’m not really a fan of horror movies/books, so probably what everyone will see me doing is re-watching Disney Halloween movies xD I don’t usually do a lot for Halloween (we don’t really make a big celebration out of it, but sometimes kids will ask for candy in the neighbourhood – sadly, I never did) and I’m not sure how Germany celebrates it, so I don’t know what this year will be like.
    Take care of yourself! I hope classes and tests and life, in general, are doing alright, because when you’re back we’ll still be here ❤ Happy October!!

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    1. Thanks!! I love This Savage Song so much! Me too haha. But I hope you got to re-watch a lot of movies!
      Same! Halloween isn’t that big here in the Philippines. But, again, I hope you’re doing amazing in Germany!
      Thank you so much :)) I’m so happy that classes and school are finally over, at least for ten days.

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  9. I love all these choices! Now I just need to read all of them cuz every one is on my TBR. I actually have read Down Among the Sticks and it was sooo good. I’ve been enjoying the Wayward Children series.

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    1. Thanks! Ahaha, so so relatable. I hope you don’t drown in your TBR 😂 Right?? I love its gothic vibes and its central themes!! Unfortunately, I feel like the series peaked with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, but we’ll see if I enjoy the sequels


  10. Down Among the Sticks and Bones sounds AMAZING. I’ve always seen the first one, but I didn’t know the second was actually a prequel. I’m for sure checking it out. And I had seen Mira Grant’s books but I’m both eagerly super excited and super scared at the same time??? And ugh, The Diviners really is the ultimate spooky mood. Wonderful recs, Caitlin!!

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    1. It’s such a good choice to read DATSAB first! The first book actually spoils what happens to it, so yeah :// But the series is so good, not for everyone, but so good.
      Ohh, Into Drowning Deep is such a unique book, I’ve never read anything like it, but it’s so dark and it really *goes there* so I think it’s good to weigh your options before reading it! I’m not sure about her other books because I haven’t read them, oops
      Right?? I love it so much, and Libba Bray is such a genius. Thank you ❤

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      1. Oooh I didn’t fully realize that it completely spoils the first one. I will for sure for sure make sure to go for the second one first then. And ahhh gotcha, definitely weighing my options, but wow, you just made it even more extra intriguing, lol. And she issss. I’m hoping King of Crows will give us the ending we deserve. 🙂

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