Ten Books and Series for October

Here is a list I put together for books and series that are perfect for October and Halloween!
TW: Several of these books contain very intense stories that may include murder, violence, rape, kidnapping and other topics that may be difficult to read about.

1. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
HP
My rating: All 5 Stars
Fantasy – YA – Fiction
Let’s face it, Harry Potter is great all year round. I would recommend the Harry Potter series to anyone for anything for any time of year.

2. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
wicked deep
My rating: 3 Stars
Fantasy – YA – Paranormal – Witches
This story follows Penny Talbot who lives in Sparrow, a city by the sea. It’s destined forever to be haunted by three sisters who were drowned because they were suspected of being witches. Witches? Curses? What else could you ask for?

3. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Hardcover Template 5 5/8 x 8 11/16
My rating: 5 Stars
Horror – Fiction – Short Stories – Thriller
This is the only book by Stephen King that I’ve read from start to finish. I WANT to read more of his books, I just find I don’t always have the patience to spend 20 hours reading the same book. This book is a collection of short stories and is a perfect introductory book for someone interested in trying Stephen King.

4. Thirst Series by Christopher Pike
thirst series
My rating: All 4 Stars
Fantasy – YA – Vampires – Paranormal
This series actually has 6 or 7 seven total books. The photos I’ve included are combinations of several books. I first read The Last Vampire in either middle school or high school way before the whole Twilight and vampire trend blew up. I can’t quite tell you what I loved so much about these books. I’m sure they’re not going to be for everyone, but if you’re not sick of vampire stories by now, I highly recommend them.

5. Dead is… Series by Marlene Perez
dead is the new black
My rating: All 5 Stars
YA – Paranormal – Vampires – Fantasy – Mystery
This series has a total of 8 books. They’re super quick and easy reads (all about 200 pages or so). They follow Daisy Giordano who has psychic abilities and lives in a town that has paranormal happenings. Every book begins with a mystery to solve and Daisy uses her abilities and friends to help solve them.

6. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
the legend of sleepy hollow
My rating: 4 Stars
Classics – Horror – Fiction – Historical Fiction – Short Stories
This story is always a great classic to read around Halloween time.

7. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
The butterfly garden
My rating: 5 Stars
Thriller – Mystery – Horror – Fiction – Crime – Mystery Thriller
This book was INTENSE. I thought the story was interesting and unique. A woman, renamed Maya by her captor, wakes up in a compound after being kidnapped by a man known as The Gardener. There are many other girls also living there who had been kidnapped. Maya becomes the matron of the group and it follows her story while living at the compound.

8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
CoralineMy rating: 5 Stars
Fantasy – YA – Fiction – Horror – Childrens
I read this quite recently and I actually thought it was pretty creepy considering it’s supposed to be a children’s book. Coraline finds an alternate world through a locked door in her flat. There is an “other mother” and “other father” who try to convince her to stay with them instead of going back to her own world. Most children’s books would have her find a way to escape and the story would have a happy ending. With Coraline, something from the other world follows her into her own and she has to find a way to get rid of it.

9. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson
My rating: All 4 or 5 Stars
Urban Fantasy – Paranormal – Vampires – Romance – Werewolves
I read these books like a Nora Roberts or James Patterson fan might. They’re easy reads with good writing and interesting enough plots. They’re not mind blowing, but they’re fun. The MC, Mercy Thompson, is a mechanic by day and a shape-shifting coyote by night. She lives next door to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. She gets into difficult situations that also include other paranormal creatures such as fae and vampires.

10. Alice by Christina Henry
Alice
My rating: TBR
Fantasy – Horror – Retellings – Fiction – Adult
I started this book for a readathon and stopped after about 20 pages because I realized it didn’t actually match the challenge. It’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This story begins with Alice in an insane asylum and in the next cell over is a man named Hatcher. A fire starts in the building and both Alice and Hatcher escape. I had read The Lost Boy by the same author and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to finishing this book.

What are some of your favorite October/Autumn/Halloween books? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
-V

 

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