Thursday, October 8, 2015

13 Spooky Reads for the Halloween Season

We love a seasonally appropriate read. And, really, there is no reading season we love more than the Halloween season. That's why the first thing we do every Halloween season is pick out which books we are going to read during October. After that we can focus on the less important aspects of the season, like our kids' costumes.

And, as thirteen is the creepiest number, here are the thirteen books we've piled up on our bedside tables for long nights of spooks and creaks.

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle: Cara's family calls October accident season because at that time every year horrible things happen their family.

Spooks and Saints by Cherie Davis: Paige lives in Utah, so she's excited to read these ghost legends from Salt Lake City.

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: A mad girl becomes an assistant to a criminal investigator. I just recently noticed the hand clutching the girl's foot on the cover. Yipes!

Beastly Bones by William Ritter: I am so excited to read this sequel to the exceptional Jackaby. Halloween is the perfect time for more mysteries of the weird kind.

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson: I've been waiting for October to read the next installment in The Shades of London Series.

The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud: Reading the next book in The Lockwood & Co. series has become something of a Halloween tradition. This one is at the top of my list.

The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow: October seems like the perfect month to read a book about a girl working for a reality show about ghost hunters.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda: Micheline Helsing can see the auras of the undead. Yes, she is a descendant of those Van Helsings, and she's trained to destroy ghosts and monsters. This is definitely the creepiest cover of the group. I'm scared just looking at it.

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano: Pram Bellamy can see ghosts. I've heard nothing but good things about this middle-grade tale that would be perfect for this especially spooky time of year.

This Monstrous Thing by MacKenzi Lee: Last year I read Frankenstein during the Halloween season. It seems only fitting that I should read a reimagining of that classic this Halloween season.

Compulsion by Martina Boone: Compulsion is a true Southern Gothic tale with a plantation setting, ghosts, and ancient curses.

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett: A haunting story about a girl from a parallel world who's been trained to kill and replace her duplicate in the other dimension. Seeing as I love parallel reality stories, assassin stories, and spooky stories, this sounds like a winner.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel: A mysterious middle-grade tale about a boy, his sick brother, and the queen wasp who invades his dreams.

Well, that should keep us busy all month.

P.S. Last year's picks.

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