No secret has been made of the fact that I am not a spooky kind of girl. All Hallows Eve means nothing to me. Not even as a kid did I engage in the frivolities, so as an adult, that isn’t something I go for. It’s a personal thing, and one I choose to not celebrate. Still, this doesn’t mean I don’t like a good Gothic period drama during these atmospheric months. Or even the occasional spooky(ish) read.
That said, I’ve also never been a horror fan which means I don’t like slasher movies. Instead my preference leans towards the Gothic vibes of Jane Eyre or the underrated period drama The Making of a Lady. It’s rare that I watch and like something like the feature film Hansel and Gretel. Still, when appropriate, this does happen. But today, since we have already discussion Gothic period dramas and films, I talk about a few spooky (in a sense) books that would make for an ideal seasonal read.
If you’re looking to stay in this weekend (like I am!) or it’s supposed to be a dreary, chilly weekend (like it is here), perhaps you’ll find an ideal read below. I share the book that inspired this list, collect a few books from my shelf that I have not read, but feel like perfectly appropriate reads, and a few I did read.
8 Perfect & Spooky Reads to Enjoy for All Hallows Eve! (aka the Books I Have Read)
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1: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | To be honest, I don’t remember a lot about this novel. But I do remember enjoying it at the time despite it not being a “me book.” It’s got a kind of magic sorcery going on that I suspect will enchant many readers. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Bewitching by Alex Flinn | Once upon a time, I read a few of Alex Flinn’s novels and really enjoyed the fairy tale feels, all of which are on the lighter side. This one in particular surprises me because it features a protagonist who almost is a villain, but instead chooses good over evil. Amazon | Goodreads
3: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon | Pretty much anything by Lorie Langdon is season appropriate. She has the perfect “voice” for novels that have a touch of mystery. Her latest, Olivia Twist (a re-imagining of Oliver Twist) would also be perfect for this time of year! Amazon | Goodreads
4: Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano | A kind of Gothic historical mystery, this one is a debut author novel perfect for those who don’t like creepy reads, but long for a solid atmospheric tale. Amazon | Goodreads
5: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White | Ahh, the book that inspired this list! Technically I haven’t really read this one as I’m only a few pages into it, but I’ll add it here since I’ve read more of this one than the following three. Amazon | Goodreads
8 Perfect & Spooky Reads to Enjoy for All Hallows Eve! (aka the Books I Haven’t Read)
6: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman | This beauty has been on my shelf for way too long. It’s definitely a novel I really want to read, but sadly, as of yet haven’t picked it up. Amazon | Goodreads
7: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | This book has made itself on my shelf for way too long. So long in fact, I feel like I should just read it next month depsite the Hallows Eve holiday being gone and over with. Amazon | Goodreads
8: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | This is the one “slasher” type story on my list. It’s been on my shelf since its release, but hasn’t tempted me to read it. At least not yet. Still… someday, I’d like to read it. Amazon | Goodreads8 Perfect & Spooky Reads to Enjoy for All Hallows Eve! Talking about a few books (across all genres!) to stay in a read for All Hallows Eve. #Bookish #Spooky Click To Tweet
That’s it for today’s list! Tell me, have you read any of these? Do you like spooky reads? What’s your favorite seasonal kind of read (author, genre, book); or are you, like me, more of a Victorian Gothic kind of story person? Comment all your thoughts below!
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