Happy (almost) Halloween! October is one of my favorite times of the year for reading, because I can read books that really get me right in the fall / Halloween spirit. I am a big fat chicken, so I don’t typically enjoy scary reads. But I have found a couple of spooky or creepy books that I have really enjoyed over the years. So here are my top 5 recommendations of Halloween books….for scaredy cats.
5. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Goodreads)
This is a graphic novel collection of 5 short horror stories. They were definitely creepy and a little bit gory, but I definitely wouldn’t say this book was scary. It is a perfect quick read to get you right in the Halloween spirit.
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads)
Neil Gaiman is the master of whimsical writing. This book was definitely not scary, but it is a bit creepy – mainly because nothing is explained. The fact that the reader is left with tons of questions adds to the eerie nature of the book. Also, this book is just so beautifully written, so it is a great read any time of year.
3. The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan (Goodreads)
This is a series about teenagers discovering Wicca and becoming witches. There is not really anything scary about it at all, but it is definitely a fun read if you enjoy reading about witches. Each book in the series is very short as well, so I have been devouring these books in no time.
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Goodreads)
I’m sure this book series will make it on to lots of lists this week. I have only read this first book in the series, but I really enjoyed it. From the cover, this book looks like it will be pretty scary – it is filled with creepy old photographs of girls levitating and boys with bees coming out of their mouths. But it is definitely not a scary book. The pictures are creepy, but the story they are woven into is whimsical and magical and wonderful. I can’t wait to pick up the other books in this series.
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads)
This is probably the closest I will ever get to reading a scary book. It’s not really scary, but it is very suspenseful and full of twists and turns. Plus, the main characters are freaking NUTS. Psychological thrillers tend to scare me way more than any story about ghosts or zombies, so Gone Girl actually kept me up at night while I was reading it. It was absolutely fantastic, though, and I really want to try Gillian Flynn’s other books soon.
Do you have any favorite Halloween reads (that aren’t too scary)?
When you just love reading for the season…..
…..blame it on the books.