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.
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.