Top 5 Scary Reads for October

It’s October! One of my favorite months. I like Fall with the changing leaves and that certain chill in the air. I kind of even like that it gets darker earlier. And of course one of my favorite holidays is this month! I’m not much of a mood reader, but I do find myself often reaching for those spooky, scary titles on my TBR during this time of year. These are not horror books, but more along the lines of darker and scarier than I typically read.

So here are 5 books on my current TBR that I will hopefully be picking up this month.

When the Shy Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

This one has that Stranger Things vibe that I just can’t resist. I also really like the friendship aspect. A band of friends out to save the world or at least their small corner of it, always appeals to me. It hasn’t received a whole lot of high ratings, but it does seem to have those things that I usually enjoy, good characters and some twists no one sees coming. I hope there are aliens as well, although the good kind not the bad ones.


This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Revenge stories can be good or bad and this one seems to be running a solid 3 stars. But the premise, just sounds interesting to me. Plus that comparison to Riverdale (hopefully the first season not the last two) has got my hopes up. But I will keep in mind that this type of story has been done almost to death (sorry, not sorry) and so it probably will be predictable. I’m going in with my eyes open (it would be hard to read with them shut) and will appreciate the scary movie thoughts, like “why are you going into that creepy house? Run away as fast as you can!”


Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

There seems to a theme here of my choosing books because of their comparison to TV shows I like. (The internet knows all, which is a creepy thought) This one is being compared to Dexter and This Savage Song. I have been obsessed with Dexter lately and I love anything by Victoria Schwab, so you know this had to be on my list. This one also has a pretty good rating on Goodreads too. Yeah! I like the premise of there being a black market for monster parts, so intriguing. But this is the first book in a series, and the last thing I need to do right now is start a new one, but what the heck, it just sounds too good to pass up.


Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

This one is slightly similar to the one above, but it sounds more like the Peter Grant books so count me in. I love books set in London especially when you add in a supernatural twist. And how can I pass up on murderous monks??? Hopefully this one will keep me occupied while I wait for the next Peter Grant book. Again it is the first in a series, so I might not pick it up this month, but soon. Maybe. So many books, so little time.


Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Whenever I find an author whose work I love, I try to read their back list, especially their first books, so that I can see where they started. This is Ms. Schwab’s debut book, and it was republished this year. It sounds so creepy and scary. Plus you can’t go wrong with a witch story in October. I might save this one for closer to the end of the month. This book plus a little warm apple cider and a pumpkin scone by the fire, would be perfect.

I have quite a few books lined up on my TBR this month, so I don’t know if I will get to all of these, but I hope to get in at least a couple of them. What spooky/scary stories do you have lined up for this month?

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