In my reading life, autumn is really the only time of year where I have a preference regarding the type of book I want to read. Spring, summer, and winter, anything goes..but in fall, I want to read spooky books. Books about witches, New England, and creepy crawlies are where it’s at in this season.
For over a month now, I’ve been knee-deep in these Halloween reads, and I’m already planning for next year. If you’re a Halloween reader like me, here are some suggestions from the books I’m most looking forward to:
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
I’m so awful about reading classic novels…but what a more perfect time to read Bram Stoker’s quintessential Halloween novel than now?
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Though this is a children’s book, this vibrant read about ghosts adopting orphaned Bod sounds like the peeeerfect Halloween read. Plus, it’s Neil Gaiman, so… 😛
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Another classic Gaiman book that I should have read already. Behind the times…that’s me! Ha.
- The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
This witchy novel is next up on my TBR list for this year. Written by a descendent of one of the first women accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, this haunting story of Martha Carrier is sure to be a fascinating look into history.
- The Afflicted Girls by Suzy Witten
Anything about Salem and/or witch trials screams fall reading to me. This supernatural spin on a tragically fascinating era of history is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I’ve been jonesing to read this one for years, but never actually gotten around to it. This lighthearted classic Halloween read about orphaned sisters and their crazy aunts would be perfect for snuggling up under a blanket with on a chilly October evening. (Must locate my long-lost copy…)
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
This classic horror/thriller novel is a must-read for me…eventually. I’ve heard amazing things about this spooky read, but I may have to work myself up to this haunted story.
My favorite autumn read (as of now) is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. But I’m always looking for my new favorite spooky book…
What’s your favorite thing to read in the fall?
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