Today I'm talking Halloween appropriate reads. I'm not really into super scary horror books, but I like a little spooky as much as the next person, so I'm here to share a few spooky recommendations with you to get you in that Halloween spirit!
1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is definitely not the most original Halloween recommendation in the world but the story of Dr Henry Jekyll and the sinister Mr Edward Hyde has been chilling the bones of readers for well over one hundred years now and for good reason too! You may think you know the story already, but I highly recommend reading the novel if you never have. No one tells it better than Stevenson himself.
2. Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus
Shiver the Whole Night Through starts with a young Irish boy choosing not to end his own life. He wakes the next morning to find that a girl he sort of knows didn't make that same decision that night. Then he finds an icy message on his bedroom window, which makes him wonder if that's really the whole story. I actually read this one a few days ago and it took me all of two days to read because as soon as I started it I was hooked and just wanted to see what happened next in the spooky Shook Woods.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is another novel, like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde that you might think you already know all about but which will definitely surprise you if you've never read it before. I read it for the first time this month and, although I am a self confessed classics-phobe, I loved every minute of it. Frankenstein's story of his hideous creation and the consequences of his tampering with nature is every bit as chilling as you would expect and it's an excellent and intriguing read from start to finish.
4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
For those of you who really aren't into spooky stories but still want to get into the magical spirit, I highly recommend Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys series. There are three books so far, following Blue and her raven boys as they search for the ancient Welsh king Glendower. Blue's whole family are psychics and the search for Glendower is shrouded with mystery and magic, as are a few of the boys themselves, so there's no shortage of Halloween spirit here.
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine series is already pretty creepy, with its mysterious monsters and even more mysterious Peculiar children, but what really takes it over the edge are the antique photographs Riggs uses to illustrate the stories. In my opinion the second book in the series, Hollow City, is the creepiest of all but all three books manage to be pretty creepy in their own rights and I would highly recommend the series, if only for the experience of getting to really see the Peculiar world that the protagonist, Jacob, discovers in their pages as well as reading about it.
What spooky books are on your reading list this Halloween?