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Spooky Reads: an October TBR

Hey everyone! In reality, I have a never-ending TBR but since we have officially entered spooky season, I have decided to pull my spookiest reads from it for my October TBR. Which let’s face it is not very spooky at all because I’m a scaredy-cat and already avoid most scary books… One of the spookiest YA books I *tried* to read was Mara Dyer. Yeah no, I got nightmares after that….These will cover a variety of genres including fantasy, horror, mystery and more since a lot of them overlap. 


Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

This is the third book in the Diviners series which I have been dying to get back into. I honestly will need a refresher of what happened in the other books before I dive into this one, but I am scared from the title (and cover!) alone *shivers*. I’m not usually one to pause in the middle of a series, but it happened with this one even though I do remember enjoying it. It is a historical fantasy set in the 1920s following a girl named Evie who moves to New York and meets other “diviners” like her who possess supernatural powers. This book has great reviews from my Goodreads friends so that’s promising and makes me even more excited to get back to this series. 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This book has been on my radar lately and I’ve only heard amazing things about it! The main character is trans and Latinx and it is written by a trans author. I am here for the representation and supporting #OwnVoices and trans authors because my shelf is severely lacking. The story follows a boy named Yadriel who, wanting to prove himself as a brujo, performs a ritual intending to set free the ghost of his murdered cousin when instead he summons the ghost of Julian Diaz  – the school bad boy. (Don’t go googling rituals at 1:30 am, why’d I do that?) To be honest, Cemetery Boys sounds exactly like the kind of spooky I read and know I can handle and love. Becoming friends (and maybe lovers?) with friendly ghosts? (Okay, I also currently have a Julie and The Phantoms obsession) Yes, count me in. 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 

I feel like I’m the only one I know who hasn’t read or watched Coraline and I need to change that asap. I actually didn’t know behind the door there are lost souls of children but now I’m scared. I would love to watch the movie after reading this one too!


Wilder Girls by Rory Power

So I don’t know too much about this book but it seems like it is one you don’t want to go in with too much information. All I know is it is about a girls school that gets put under quarantine due to a mysterious illness? (does not seem very far-fetched in these times..) I also know that it’s sapphic and has a really pretty cover. So I’m sold. I’ll admit it has been on my TBR for a little while as it being a horror has kind of put me off but I am tempted everytime I see its pretty cover in the bookstore. What better time to read it then now? 


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Mystery mystery. I’ve always loved a good mystery (I tried reading one of the original Nancy Drew books “The Mystery of The 99 Steps” when I was younger and had nightmares about that one for days) but anyways when it comes to YA I feel like there’s a lack of murder mysteries. I came across this one on a Twitter recommendation for YA mysteries and probably because I had just watched Enola Holmes and Sherlock retellings were on my mind, I immediately added it to my TBR. Charlotte Holmes is the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock and is framed along with Jamie Watson for murder at their Connecticut prep school. I realized I love anticipating or being surprised by big twists in books so I hope this book can fill the mystery-shaped hole that’s been in my heart (along with rewatching episodes of Scooby-Doo of course).  

And I think that’s it! There are a lot more scary stories out there for me to read but I did want to make this semi-attainable and include books that have been on my TBR for a while along with newer ones I’m excited for. Okay well, I have a confession to make… recently I have also started reading the Twilight series for the first time after my friend read/watched it and loved it. As a faithful book lover friend and a self-proclaimed YA lover, I think it was bound to happen sometime, so I started it. I am currently on the second book New Moon and so far it seems to be more dramatic than at all scary (those 4 blanks months were the most dramatic moments in literature I think I have ever experienced). However, I did have a dream about Twilight the other night so maybe that says something. So New Moon is partly on my TBR for this month but as it is a big book, I’m thinking to put it on hold for now.

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