Spooky books to read on Halloween
It's the spookiest time of the year. Happy Halloween everyone! :)
There is something about these months, that makes the fall especially. The fall is just starting, with the leave are just changing color. The mornings are foggy (and spookalishes) and the afternoons are sunny and warm, so I can still spend some time in the day reading outside. And then at the end of the month is my all-time favorite holiday, the day when all the magical creatures come to life - Halloween.
If you are in a mood for some spooktastic books, here are some of my favorite books that put me in a Halloweeny mood.
I recently started to read more horror books. While I stayed away from this genre for a long time, because I'm scared of everything, but I strangely love it. It's a totally different experience reading scary books than watching a scary movie, that for sure. The book that made me fall in love with the genre was Buried. I randomly signed myself up for the book tour, not reading the synopsis all that thoroughly, but was surprised by how much I loved reading it & I was extremely petrified by the end. :)
There is one book series that screams Halloween for me. Harry Potter, of course. While the series is getting a lot of hate lately, I can't get on board. I read it a child, as a teen and now as a kind-of-adult, and I still love it. While every book describes the entire school year of Harry's, it just makes me feel all Halloweeny inside. :)
Another new thing this year, short stories. I just think that they were a bit of a waste of time, to be honest, why read a little bit of a story, when you can read a full novel, with a complete storyline. BUT, when I actually read a few collections (my previous opinion was based on not reading any short stories all *sigh*), I started to love'em. It's a totally different feeling, different experience, then reading a novel, but not bad different- just different. I found few good ones (scary too), like Chills & Creeps which is a collection of horror stories (perfect for a little bit of scariness on the scariest day of the year. :))
But Halloween is not all about horror. While I like to read scary stories (as of last few months :)), nothing screams Halloween like a good paranormal story. If you are like me, here are a few amazing ones. If you are in a mood for magic, First Year is one of the best ones, there is a very exclusive magic school, set in a well developed high fantasy world and a girl fighting for a place in it, even it the whole world is against her.
A very good shapeshifter book is Wolves and Roses. It's a little bit of fairytale retelling (some people are living to fulfill their fairytale templates), lil bit of mystery, lil bit of romance and a whole lot of amazing storytelling.
Even though zombies are not my thing, actually I rarely read anything zombie, I've read an amazing Zombie book recently, Dead Meat: Day 1. It's the story of the first day of the zombie apocalypse. The way it's set up, it's so realistic, and a little bit spooky. :)
I'm a big fan of anything demons & my favorite book with demons, quasis, angels and all that stuff, is Angelboud. I've re-read it a million times, and love it more with each read. I love the setting, the snark & kick-ass character.
If you are into ghosts, I loved reading Date with the Death, it's spooky, it's fun, it's the kind of book that you can read in one sitting no problem.
My favorite paranormal creatures of all time are vampires. But it's so hard to find a good vampire book, that's not a copycat Twilight or romance. :) In the last few weeks, I've read two awesome vampire books, both extremely different. One is Pride & Prejudice retelling, but with vampires- Pulse and Prejudice, another is basically the Selection series, but way better & with vampires also - The Peagent. :)
What is your favorite book to read this time of year?
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