Hello lovely reader! In today’s blog post I’ll be talking about five Halloween book recommendations. So these are five books that I think fit the Halloween vibe perfectly! I’m not really someone who reads according to the season, so some of these books I didn’t read around Halloween time, but they just give me the Halloween vibe. And since I know a lot of people do like to read according to the seasons, I decided to make this recommendations post. I tried to put five different type of books on here, so there will be at least one book everyone on the list. But without further ado, here we go!
A Good Girl Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
If you’re looking for a fun YA murder mystery, than this is the book for you! This one has some creepy scenes, but even if you’re a bit faint of heart, you’ll still be able to read this one because it doesn’t have anything too scary in it. The whole murder mystery part of this book just gave me the Halloween vibes, and one scene in particular could’ve come straight out of a (soft) horror film.
Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeill
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
Murdertrending is perfect for fans of the YA genre who are looking for a horror film disguised as a book. When reading this book I could really see all of the scenes happening as if it were a horror film. This book does have some rather graphic murder scenes, so I don’t think it’s for everyone, but if your a fan of the horror genre, or you want to dip your toes in to it, then this is the book for you!
Sawkill Girl by Claire Legrand
Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
Sawkill Girls really is a book unlike any other book I read, so it’s hard to compare it to other books. However, if you’re a fan of mysteries, true crime and a hint of the supernatural, then I think this is the perfect book for you! To top it all off, this book also has some great LGBTQ+ rep!
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.
When you think of Halloween, you can’t not think about witches. So if you’re looking for a book about witches, then you can stop looking now. Witches of Ash and Ruin is the perfect combination of witches and true crime. A combination that might not seem right, but is something you really need in your life!
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Wilder Girls might not be the perfect book to read in the midst of a pandemic, or it can make the reading expierence even creepier, it’s up to you. This book is for people who like soft horror, but who are also not squimish about body gore. Wilder Girls is a truly unique book that will give you the chills.
That were my five Halloween recommendations, I hope you’ll enjoy reading these books! I had a harder time than I had expected choosing the books for this list, so I might to another one of these in about a year, when it’s Halloween time again.
I’d love to hear your Halloween reading recommendations as well!