From My Bookshelves / Books for Halloween

On My Bookshelf / Halloween

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Anne of Green Gables

I love autumn! It’s the start of blankets and warm coats, hot chocolate and marshmallows, reading and watching television box sets for hours, curled up in bed or on a comfy chair. But it also means it’s time for Halloween. Now, I’ve never really done ‘scary’ (except when I used to watch a lot of horror movies as a young teenager, like Scream, The Ring and The Exorcist – I’m more scared of them now!). I’m all about the atmosphere and the ‘creepy’, ‘spooky’ and ‘eerie’. Here’s a selection of books for you to curl up with over the next two weeks, all taken from my bookshelf. (I’ve read them all except the ones with an asterisk!).

On My Bookshelf / Halloween

The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Liesl & Pi by Lauren Oliver
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron* edited by Jonathan Strahan (Whoops. Wrong category. This is more YA than children’s!)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Witches by Roald Dahl

From My Bookshelf / Halloween

Young Adult
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Angelfall by Susan Ee
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Now that I’ve finished this, I’d say it doesn’t really fit into the Halloween theme, although it’s certainly eerie and tense!)
The Diviners* by Libba Bray

From My Bookshelf / Halloween

Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Historian* by Elizabeth Kostova
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niggenegger
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Lenore – The Cute Little Dead Girl by Roman Dirge
The Shining Girls* by Lauren Beukes

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25 thoughts on “From My Bookshelves / Books for Halloween

  1. A great list to choose from!! I love the way you photographed to the books too!! Something so beautiful and tangible about an actual book…just can’t get into these e-readers!

  2. deathbooksandtea

    Ooh, you have some great books! Thanks for the rec list-will have to get round to Rebecca some time soon. I love the photography here.

  3. A very nice list! And the black and white photos are a nice touch, too! 😀

    Personally I love Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and The Historian, Liesl & Po and The Spindlers are on my ‘to read’ list.

  4. Love this list. My entire graduate thesis is on pretty much this topic. So I have a recommendation for you: The Archived by Victoria Schwab, and The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle!

  5. Great selection of books! I just finished reading The Historian a few weeks ago – definitely has that spooky atmosphere but it’s a huge book! I’m currently reading Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron and really enjoying it!

    • I attempted to read The Historian years ago but for some reason abandoned it! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Under My Hat – I definitely want to try to read it this year.

  6. Great haul, Stacey! The Historian was a little boring for me so let me know your thoughts on it. Haha, tweet me when you’re finally going to read it! :p You can never go wrong with Stephen King! Personally, The Shining was the scariest. I have to do a Stephen King book and movie translation marathon soon, lol! Yay, Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! The 2nd book in the series is coming out soon, EEEEEEK!!!!

    P.S. Watch the book trailer for The Diviners!

    • I’ve seen the trailer – AMAZING! I love music-like trailers. I started The Historian years ago (maybe 7 years ago?!) but never finished it. I was enjoying it though. I also didn’t even finish The Shining!!

  7. I love that you made these in black and white. You’re so creative. I don’ know if I’d classify More Than This as a Halloween read, though.

  8. I only read Oliver’s Delirium series but I loved them so I need to get on the rest of woman’s books. I think she’s brilliant.
    Happy reading, enjoy the goodies!

  9. I love how you have presented the books in this post.
    Great photos, awesome books, original showcase * grabs cuppa and snuggles in armchair with good book*

  10. That Octobers quote is one of my favorites! I need to get it framed or something.
    Great blog, by the way. Definite follow, and I’m jealous of your job.

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