A Guide To Spooky Season

Hello, all! Are you looking for the perfect pick to get you into sweater and cider season? Do you prefer chilling, suspenseful reads to outright horror and gore? Are you gearing up for Halloween but also don’t want to have to sleep with your light on? Then this post is for you!

What to read while “Night on Bald Mountain” is playing in the background:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Perhaps the best of the Queen of Mystery’s novels, And Then There Were None is suspenseful and chilling as, one by one, the visitors to a remote island begin disappearing, in conjunction with a haunting nursery rhyme, no less!

What to read with your cider and donuts:

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

A group of new mothers ventures out for a night on the town for the first time since having their children. That same night, one of their newborns is abducted, and the mothers must band together to ford the media storm this case causes and to help recover the missing baby.

What to read surrounded by falling leaves:

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The classic tale of a debonair young man who sells his soul for lasting youth and beauty. Dazzling, eerie, and captivating, this is a perfect way to transition into fall.

What to read with an apple pie in the oven:

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

When an assumed distant relative passes away, young, struggling Hal is slated to inherit some of the estate. She journeys to the family home and finds a world of brand new questions and confusing answers, unsure if she can believe anything she grew up knowing. Reminiscent of Peril at End House, The Death of Mrs Westaway is one of my favorite of Ware’s books to date.

What to read as you wait for trick-or-treaters:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Drawing inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, The Woman in the Window is the story of an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime that occurs across the street– or so she believes. The unreliable, home-bound protagonist tries to convince others of what she saw and expose the criminal, but not without some pushback…

What to read in your coziest socks and sweater:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

A perfect story for fans of Gothic literature, The Thirteenth Tale is an intriguing tale of two timelines that are enchantingly woven together. This is surely a nice, Victorian-style treat, with parallels and elements hearkening back to a grand literary style of centuries past.

What to read on a hayride:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…” We all know these iconic words spoken by the three witches– or Weird Sisters– in Shakespeare’s classic, cursed Macbeth. The story Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor, and his and his wife’s plan to acquire the throne of Scotland for Macbeth, the play embodies all the spooky, sinister themes of the season; witches, ghosts, visions, and terror abound in the play’s pages.

What to read when you’ve made it through the corn maze:

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This is the first in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, nom de plume of J.K. Rowling. The reader meets the rough-around-the-edges Cormoran as he investigate the sudden death of a widely famous supermodel. Even more chilling than The Cuckoo’s Calling, however, is the series’s second book, The Silkworm.

What to read after Oktoberfest:

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Turn of the Screw is a chilling, thrilling ghost story for the ages. Complete with a creepy house *and* creepy children, this is a perfect way to prep for spooky season. What more could one ask for?

What to read when you’re giving thanks:

Still Life by Louise Penny

The first in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, Still Life is a liiitle bit cozy and pastoral, still with a gripping plot and dearly charismatic characters. The same is true for all of the Gamache series (that I’ve read, so far, anyway!), and any would be a great transition into fall!

Do you have a go-to author or series once fall rolls around? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on these or any other autumnal titles you love!

Happy reading! Xx.

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