October 2015 TBR • the month of all things spooky

Friday, October 2, 2015

For me, October always signifies the beginning of the end of the year. And I mean this in a completely positive way. I love the way autumn leads into winter, with the changing of leaves, longer nights, and chilly weather. These last three months (Oct/Nov/Dec) are my favorite, mainly because society has jam-packed them with celebrations. There's always something to look forward to, which makes me happy!

Because October is the month of all things spooky, I stuck with the theme and chose four "scary" books I'd like to tackle soon:

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis // I'll be honest, my excitement for reading this is 70% because of the cover. Specifically, the hand on the girl's foot. SO CREEPY. The designer's eye for detail makes my heart sing.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // Yes, I am a bit embarrassed that I haven't read this one yet. Knowing that Tim Burton is directing (or has directed?) the movie has made me all the more eager to read this now.

In the After by Demetria Lunetta // I lost interest after I bought this off of the Book Outlet website a while ago, but I had to look through it for research during my summer internship and now I need to know what happens. It gives me The Walking Dead zombie vibes (though I don't watch the show) so it may be the perfect pick for you if you need a fix between each episode.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix // Quirk Books sent this to me last year, which I am so grateful for, and I have not read it yet. Not sure what is going on with my brain, but this is the perfect opportunity to get on with it, no? I love that it's formatted to look like an Ikea catalog, and there's even a Home Delivery Order Form. Dedicated to the game, y'all.

If you are looking for something haunting to read, I would highly recommend Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. The stories are a bit terrifying and the illustrations are really nice — well worth a look through.

Have you decided to read anything spooky this month?


  1. Oh, I've heard AMAZING things about Horrorstor - a horror story set in Ikea sounfs so fascinating (and I love the idea of the order form, too!)... I'm so sad that I'm on a book buying ban - I want a scary book TBR too! (Now I'm off to discover whether or not my library has a copy of Horrorstor, but I doubt it. Grump.)
    Beth x

  2. Ooh, I so agree about October! It kicks off all the wonderful fall things and then becomes CHRISTMAS. I'd be even more enthused if it got cold here, but what can you do? No one can blame you for your enthusiasm over Madness! That was the hook for me toooo. It's too gorgeous. I haven't read Miss Peregrine either! Now that Library of Souls is out, it'd be good for a binge!

  3. Miss Peregrine and Horrorstor are both great!! Perfect for Halloween! I'm planning on reading Library of Souls, the 3rd Miss Peregrine, this month!

  4. You could always try requesting Horrorstor for your library ;)

  5. Yay, I'm glad you liked them both! I've been meaning to read Miss P. for the longest time, but just recently bought a copy.

  6. YES YOU SO GET ME. What are you planning to read this month?

  7. Some new ones in this list for me that I'm excited to check out this month. Thank you. I think you would really enjoy a recently published paranormal mystery from Alex Alexander. Ghost on the Lake (http://www.alexalexanderbooks.com).
    It follows the story of a man who disappears on a lake, presumed dead but his soul has separated from his body and entered a spiritual journey with some seriously dark and disturbing truths. It's difficult to say too much about this one without spoiling some very clever plot twists but I can almost guarantee that you will love this book.
    It had absolutely everything I look for in a spooky fall read but never felt predictable or cliche. A must-read for fans of the genre.