October TBR List | My Plans to Scare My Socks Off This Halloween

So, it’s October, and you all know what that means: Halloween! And like I said in my Monthly Recap, my goal this month is to read scary books, eat lots of candy, and dress up as a book character that none of my friends have ever heard of. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

So, in order to get in the Halloween spirit, I compiled a list to show you which books I’m dying to read this October.

12810834172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad- This book is of the horror genre, but it’s set in space. How cool is that? I’ve heard many good things about it, and it’s supposed to be terrifying.

Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2.

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19732381Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas- I read Dangerous Girls and loved it, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book ever since. It’s more of a thriller than horror, but I’ve heard that it’s still really scary and suspenseful, which is exactly what I’m in the mood for!

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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16299 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie- Once again, this isn’t really a horror book, it’s more like a mystery or thriller, but I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be spine-chilling. It’s not Young Adult, either; it’s an Adult novel but it was described as being appropriate for younger readers.

First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

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24396858 The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich- I’ve been seeing this book all over lately, and it seems exactly like the kind of book that I would like.

Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

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764347 Unwind by Neal Shusterman- I haven’t read anything by Neal Shusterman, but this trilogy sounds like a good place to start. The cover and synopsis both sound terrifying, and I’ve had it recommended to me countless times.

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

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9378297 Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake- I purchased this from the bookstore yesterday, so I’m definitely reading this soon.

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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23014725Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn- I also bought this one yesterday, and I’m super excited to read it!

From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.

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7728889The Diviners by Libba Bray- I read this book a few years ago and loved it, and I think it’s time for a reread before I read the second book in this series, Lair of Dreams.

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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16060716Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray- I loved The Diviners so much, and it was the perfect Halloween read. Hopefully this one will be just as good!

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning andNew York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

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So…those were the books I’d love to read this October! I’m probably going to end up reading only two or three of these, but a girl can dream, can’t she? What are you planning to read this month? Any spooky recommendations that I should add to this list? OH, and most importantly, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? I’m planning on being some kind of book character, but I don’t know who! Any ideas? 

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16 thoughts on “October TBR List | My Plans to Scare My Socks Off This Halloween

  1. These seem like really cool books to be reading this month! I wish I had so many horror books to read this month. My TBR is a little bit rammed even though it’s scare month. I don’t really Halloween parties or anything. I’m on the those people who buy the sweets and eat them while reading a good book 🙂

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  2. Cool list! Dangerous Boys is really good. There is more gore in it than on Dangerous Girls. 🙂 I’m recommending Ten by Gretchen McNeil. That book gave me goose bumps and can’t sleep because it really creeps me out.

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  3. Ooh, you have some great reads here! Some of them are new to me so I’ll definitely have to check them out. I’ve heard so many good things about Abigail Haas’ books, I really need to read one soon. Loved Anna Dressed in Blood (PERFECT for October) and And Then There Were None, you’re right in that it is more like a thriller but it was so good nonetheless 😀

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    • Ooh yes you must read Abigail Haas! Dangerous Girls was amazing, definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I just started Anna Dressed In Blood and so far it’s FANTASTIC, but a little confusing. Glad you liked them! 🙂

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    • Yes, I’ve heard that it’s TERRIFYING, and I want to find out why so bad! I don’t know much about it at all, but the cover looks so creepy. I’ve had it recommended to me by SO MANY PEOPLE, so I’m definitely checking it out next time at the bookstore. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for tagging me! I’ve actually already been tagged for this, but I’m planning on doing another post because it was so fun to write! 😀

      Hehe yeah that’s kinda what I’m going for. I love scary books, so it looks like it’s going to be an awesome Halloween for me this year! XD

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  4. The Diviners is such a great series! I have reviewed both. Libba Bray’s writing is so strong and original. I really feel like she should be getting a lot more love on the blogosphere! Evie in The Diviners is one of my favourite female characters of all time.

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