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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Toil and Trouble--Books Featuring Witches!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Halloween Freebie--Witches!

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween freebie, so I decided to compile a list filled with books of witches! Some of these books feature witches that are more on the witch-adjacent side since they probably wouldn't be considered straight up witches, but they're close enough and therefore fit this list. Who doesn't love some great witches and what better time to read about them than on Halloween? Let me know what some of your favorite books with witches are!

The Witch's Kind
The Witch's Kind by Louisa Morgan

"From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II. 

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret. 

But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne's long-lost husband -- who is not quite the man she thought she married. 

Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves -- and the child they think of as their own -- from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family..." Goodreads

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

"At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. 

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows." Goodreads 

The Grace Year
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

"No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. 

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. 

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other." Goodreads

A Secret History of Witches
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

"An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries. 

After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew. 

From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures." Goodreads

Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

"Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. 

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand." Goodreads

The Apprentice Witch
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

"Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch—much to the glee of her archrival, Gimma. But Lull is not what it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. 

With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch—even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride…for Arianwyn and the entire land." Goodreads

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

"Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. 

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. " Goodreads

The Witches of New York
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

"Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply. 

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women—some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance—find work as mediums. 

Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn. 

When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village to answer an ad that reads "Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply," she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn't know it yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts—ones that will serve as her greatest asset and also place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils lurking in the darkest corners of the city or the courage it will take to face them." Goodreads

Circe by Madeline Miller

"In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. 

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love." Goodreads

The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

"A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history--the Salem witch trials. 

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite witch-related books?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Some Spooky Books I'd Like to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Halloween Freebie

Since today's topic was a Halloween freebie, I just decided to share some scary/horror/etc. books that I've seen over the years and would still really like to read! I have no specific plans on when I'll actually read these, but you know, I'd really like to read this one day because they all sound incredible. I don't read a lot of horror/scary books on a regular basis,  but I'm never sure why because I almost always end up loving them--maybe I'll finally change that one day!

Gothic TalesLittle GirlsThornhillThe Hunting Party

Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell: "Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelgänger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi: "When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods…"
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository
Thornhill by Pam Smy: "Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley:  "All of them are friends. One of them is a killer. 
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves. They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world. Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead." (out 2019)
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

DraculThe VisitorsIn a Dark, Dark WoodThe Silence

Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker: "The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's--and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. 
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here..."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Visitors by Catherine Burns: "With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: "Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself. When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Silence by Tim Lebbon: "In the darkness of a vast cave system, cut off from the world for millennia, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed... Swarming from their prison, they multiply and thrive. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. Deaf for many years, Ally knows how to live in silence. Now, it is her family's only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?"
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Children's HomeHangsamanThe String Diaries (The String Diaries #1)The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)

The Children's Home by Charles Lambert: "For fans of Shirley Jackson, Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, and Edward Gorey, a beguiling and disarming debut novel from an award-winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor,and the startling revelations their behavior evokes. 
In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins. Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden. One day, two children, Moira and David, appear. Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper Engel. Then more children begin to show up..."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson: "Shirley Jackson's chilling second novel, based on her own experiences and an actual mysterious disappearance Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones: "A family is hunted by a centuries-old monster: a man with a relentless obsession who can take on any identity."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson:  "Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens."
Buy the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Have you read any of these or do  you want to read any of these? What spooky books do you want to read? Let me know!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

First Chapter Tuesday: The Sisters of the Winter Wood & The House in Poplar Wood

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Vicki @ I'd Rather Be at the Beach. This is meme in which bloggers share the first chapter of a book that they are currently reading or thinking about reading soon. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Vicki's blog, or simply check it out to find more new books to read!

For this week's First Chapter Tuesday I thought I would share some intros from two books that I've just started reading!

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
The Sisters of the Winter Wood 


"1: Liba

If you want to know the history of a town, read the gravestones in its cemetery. That’s what my Tati always says. Instead of praying in the synagogue like all the other men of our town, my father goes to the cemetery to pray. I like to go there with him every morning. 

The oldest gravestone in our cemetery dates back to 1666. It’s the grave I like to visit most. The names on the stone have long since been eroded by time. It is said in our shtetl that it marks the final resting place of a bride and a groom who died together on their wedding day. We don’t know anything else about them, but we know that they were buried, arms embracing, in one grave. I like to put a stone on their grave when I go there, to make sure their souls stay down where they belong, and when I do, I say a prayer that I too will someday find a love like that."

I have finally gotten around to picking this one up and so far it seems really promising! I'm enjoying the narrative styles and I love how magical it all feels.

Buy the book: Amazon Book Depository

The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
The House in Poplar Wood 


"1: Felix

The last day of October was creeping into Poplar House. It came through fissures in the gables and mite-sized holes in the floorboards, bringing with it the scent of burnt oak branches. 

It was Halloween, and for Felix Vickery, it was the warmest day of the year.

All autumn long, Felix had worn gloves to bed and woken to a fringe of frost on his lashes. Even in the summertime, when the wood outside grew drunk on sunshine and the whole of Boone Ridge gasped for lawn sprinklings and fresh popsicles--even then, a dank chill remained in the house."

This is a middle grade ARC that was sent to me and I was really excited to start it because it's another Halloween read! I'm reading this book as my nighttime read and so far it seems really imaginative and interesting.

Buy the book: Amazon Book Depository

What do you think? Would you keep reading these books? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 

*Excerpts are taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading Recommendations: Spooky Books for Halloween! 🎃

Reading Recommendations:
Halloween Edition! 🎃

It's that fantastic time of year when we all get to (acceptably) let out our crazy dark Halloween-crazed selves, so I'm here to provide some reading recommendations to help get you in the mood (even if you're not a huge Halloween fan!).  Also, I totally didn't plan to write this post on the special Friday the 13th, but it's perfect timing!
This year I decided to subdivide my recommendations into a few different categories, so be sure to check them out. For each book I also added a brief quote or sneak of a synopsis to give you a taste of what you can expect.
Happy Halloween to all!

Eerie Forests 🌲

And the Trees Crept InA Path Begins (The Thickety #1)Through the WoodsIn the Forest: A Novel

"Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?"

"A dark, forbidden forest. Vicious beasts. Deadly plants. An evil spellbook. Secrets. Mysteries. Witches, both good and bad . . . Welcome to the world of the Thickety."

"'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'"

A story based on actual events, In the Forest proceeds in a rush of hair-raising episodes and asks what will become of O'Kane's unwitting victims -- a radiant young woman, her little son, and a devout and trusting priest.

A Touch of Murder 🔪

The Solitary HousePenanceStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
And Then There Were NoneMacbeth

"[London] is the greatest city in the world--quite possibly the greatest ever known--but on this dark early-winter day in 1850 you might be forgiven for thinking you've been transported, on a sudden, to a circle of hell even the devil has given up for lost."

"Until 2010, Japan had a fifteen-year statute of limitations on the crime of murder..." 

“I promise. I’ll be as silent as the dead.”
“Ah,” Uncle said, putting a hat on and tugging it low, “the dead speak to those who listen. Be quieter than even them.” 
“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.” 

"Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
One little solder boy left all alone'
He went and hanged himself

And then there were None."

“By the pricking of my thumbs, 
Something wicked this way comes.”

Haunted Houses 🏚️ 

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1)House of LeavesThe Turn of the Screw

“He stepped fully into the house. The air inside was cool on his skin. He turned, expecting the front door to close on its own. But it stayed open, as it was supposed to. He shook his head, chiding himself for letting an old house spook him. He walked into the kitchen. Behind him, the front door slammed shut.” 
“He lowered his eyes to his dad's face. There was fear there. Fear. When your dad was frightened, there was something to be frightened about.” 

“Little solace comes
to those who grieve
when thoughts keep drifting
as walls keep shifting
and this great blue world of ours
seems a house of leaves

moments before the wind.” 

“No, no—there are depths, depths! The more I go over it, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I fear. I don’t know what I don’t see—what I don’t fear!” 

A Hint of the Fantastic 👻

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)The Apprentice WitchThe Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1.5)The Graveyard Book

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
“She ate the stars and swallowed the earth, 
She is the girl with all the power.”

The Apprentice Witch by James Nichol
"Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. "

The Diviners by Libba Bray
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”

Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
"Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse."

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
"“Because there are mysteries. Because there are things that people are forbidden to speak about. Because there are things they do not remember.” 

What are your favorite Halloween reads? Have you read any of these/What would you add to this list?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top SEVENTEEN Tuesday: Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween (That Aren't All Horror)!

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday was a Halloween freebie, so I decided to go with some books that would be perfect to help get you in the mood for Halloween! I'm personally not a huge horror fan, so sometimes it's hard to find Halloween reading lists that aren't just filled with creepy stuff - I'm more into the 'psychologically screwed up' genre - so I've compiled a list that contains a variety of Halloween-ish reads, hopefully with a little something for everyone.

I also, apparently, cannot limit myself to the rules of ten books, so here are seventeen titles.

The Harrowing
1. The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
I just recently finished The Harrowing and I also just recently posted a First Chapter Tuesday post about it, but I felt the need to add it to this list as well because it is perfect for Halloween. It is completely cliche'd and stereotypical ghost story, but because of that it is perfect. Five college students make a connection with an angry spirit through a Ouija board - how much more Halloween can you get!?

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Mainly because it has monsters! These may not be your typical monsters (or they might be, I don't know your life), but they're still monsters and I think it fits perfectly with this particular holiday.

DraculaDracula: The Graphic Novel
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
I'm not even explaining this one.

Under the Skin
4. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
This is so creepy in such a weird way that there is no way it wouldn't make a great Halloween read. I can't even go into details because you need to read this one with as little information about it going in as possible. Trust me.

5.  Security by Gina Wolhsdorf
I think this book would be perfect for Halloween because of its distinct slasher theme. It's written from the perspective of a hotel security officer as he watching events unfold through surveillance cameras, and it's pretty neat. (Review.)

Roses and Rot
6. Roses and Rot by kat Howard
While this book wasn't a huge favorite of mine, I still think it has a lot of great qualities for a Halloween story.

The White Devil
7. The White Devil by Justin Evans
Mysterious deaths and illnesses, a haunted school, a brooding poet writing a play about Byron - this makes for a wonderful spooky read.

Black Chalk
8. Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
College students come up with a high stakes game that ends up impacting their lives in immense ways. I loved it and I think it'd be great for that 'subtle unease' feeling. (Review)

This House is Haunted
9. This House is Haunted by John Boyne
If the title This House is Haunted doesn't scream 'Halloween' to you, then quite frankly I'm not sure  anything would fit your Halloween reading list. A governess takes a position watching two young children in a mansion that is haunted.

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)
10. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
I read this around Halloween last year and it was incredible! I enjoyed this book so much and I cannot help but continue to recommend it. The Madman's Daughter is a creative reimagining of H.G. Well's famous story, The Island of Dr. Moreau. (Review)

Slade House
11. Slade House by David Mitchell
Slade House is the definition of a twisty-turny creepy house that, essentially, eats people. Sort of. It's hard to explain - go pick it up! (Review.)

The Wolves in the Walls
12. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
Yes, this is a picture book. No, that does not take anything away from this gem of book. 

The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby, #1)
13. The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber
This is an awesome little classic murder-mystery, but it's so cozy and interesting that I would htink it'd be perfect for a cold Halloween night.

House of Leaves
14. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I may have already made Slade House seem like the ultimate haunted house Halloween book, but nope, it's this one. Love it or hate it, it's definitely worth the experience.

The Graveyard Book
15. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
It's a book about a little boy that grows up in a graveyard, it's perfect! (There's also a graphic novel now, too!)

16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Another classic, which I will also not be providing an explanation for.

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
17. Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
The master himself. How can you get through the Halloween season without Poe?

What are some of your favorite Halloween reads? Do you like any of these? Share your opinions in the comments!

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