10 Spoopy Reads – Ghostly, Gross, and Thrilling Books

I’ve said in the past that I don’t read books based on the seasons or holidays. I’m a grown-ass woman and I read what I want when I want! Ahem. Anyway, I figured I’d give you a somewhat alternative (and utterly random) look at some Halloween season reads.

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Themed Reads: Do You Read Holiday/Seasonal Books?

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Since joining Instagram last year? I don’t actually know when… I’ve discovered the wonderful book community, and then I started blogging and sunk even deeper into the world of bookporn, book recommendations, reviews and endless lists. One of the trends I’ve noticed is that people tend to read books related towards a certain season or holiday – obviously in October the logical choice is horror or creepy-themed books.

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Honestly, it’s never occurred to me to purposely read a certain type of book to suit the season. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that my TBR is a monster and I’m terrible at planning out what books I read next, so I’ve never tried to read a Stephen King novel in October, or anything like that. This month, I happened to snag a copy of Edward Gorey’s Amphigorey (pictures featured in this post) and since it’s a short book I read it right away. If you’re not familiar with his work, it can be quite macabre, and I realized that I had inadvertently read a book that would fit this month’s spooky theme.

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So then I went back to my handy-dandy Excel file where I’ve been logging the books I’ve read since 2011 (I wish I’d had this idea much sooner!) and checked out my reads for each October. I realized that I have read some spooky books each year, without really meaning to. This year, in addition to Amphigorey, I might consider Gabriel Finley a Halloween book, since it does have to do with evil ravens who eat flesh. In October 2013 I read Warm Bodies, in October 2012 I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Anya’s Ghost and The Damned Busters: To Hell and Back. And in October 2011 I read A Series of Unfortunate Events, which may be debatable for fitting the theme…but I’m going to count it.

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So how about you? Did you purposely decide to read some scary books for October? Did you maybe read them without realizing it like I did? Do you plan on reading any Christmas (shudder) or holiday themed books as we move into winter?