Spooky (Adult) books to read this week

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Spooky movies, spooky costumes, and spooky books. I’m here for it! I have rounded up a couple of spooky book recommendations for you to dive into this week.

I will personally be reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and/or The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. Both of these books have been showing up on my social media feeds a lot, so I have high hopes!

A Discovery of Witches / The Last House on Needless Street / The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires / Haunting Adeline / Mexican Gothic / The Book of Accidents / The Final Girl Support Group / The Only Good Indians / If It Bleeds / The Chestnut Man / The Shadows

First of all, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is so awful, because I am definitely swayed by a great cover. Actually, all the books I’m about to write about have intriguing covers. I have not yet read ANY of these (yet) but based off a search on my kindle app, these looking very promising. I also have never read any of Stephen King’s work (GASP) but it is on my must-do list. My brother is actually a big fan, so even if just to have a book convo with him, I’ll be reading a King book, soon. If you have a favorite of his, let me know in the comments!

The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Not available on KindleUnlimited

19,645 reviews, 4.5 stars

The description of this books sounds wonderful. It is described as “a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight.” (People)

That sounds like it is right up my alley, honestly. I love both of those mentioned series, and, since I’m considered an adult these days, I will be grabbing this book next time I see it in a store. It doesn’t seem to be necessarily “spooky”, though. Even though it did come up in my “horror book” search on my kindle app.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Not available on KindleUnlimited

1, 668 reviews, 4 stars

Book description: “In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the end of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time. A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.”

WHAT’S BURIED OUT AMONG THE BIRCH TREES? WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME THE GIRL WENT OUTSIDE? Is it the mom/wife? Or how does that cat read the Bible? I have so many questions that need to be answered, and the only way to get them is to read this book.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Not available on KindleUnlimited

8, 656 reviews, 4.5 stars

This is one of the books I’m going to read this week and I’m pretty excited about it. First of all, the cover is stunning. I love the vampire bite on the peach. Does that mean this book is set in Georgia? I don’t know, I didn’t get that far yet.

The inside cover states “Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do-list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Chareleston women united by their love of true crime. Then James Harris walks into her life during the summer of 1993. He makes her feel things she hasn’t felt in years, but when children on the other side of town go missing, Patricia wonders if he’s connected. Is he Brad Pitt, a Bundy, or something much worse?”

It then goes on to list a slew of titles it’s won, which are pretty impressive, including Goodreads top horror novel of 2020 and Barnes & Noble Best Fiction of 2020.

I cannot wait to read this story and find out if we love James Harris or not. I do love a good vampire, though. Even more if he’s morally gray and broody, but this isn’t romance hahaha

Look for my thoughts on this book in my October reading recap.

Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton

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484 reviews, 4.5 stars

Ooooookay, so this one has me a little skeptical after glancing at a couple reviews. I typically avoid reviews until after I read a good, because people love to throw spoilers in the reviews, and nothing makes me want to rage more than a spoiler. I hate them. #teamnospoilersever But this book seems like it might be a bit intense on a dark sexual level, but maybe I’m wrong. This is a vibe I got from a review and then I stopped reading it.

Oh, and there’s a novella it’s recommended to read first. Satan’s affair. AND there is also a warning that this book ends on a cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out until January, so be warned of the cliffy if you decide to try this book out. It’s on KindleUnlimited, so I’ll probably give it a shot. Keep an eye on my End of Month Book Recap posts to see when it makes its appearance.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Not available on KindleUnlimited

16,598 reviews, 4 stars

I’ve seen so much about this book online, I’m surprised it has 4 stars. 4 stars is really great, but I just assumed because it was so talked about it would be a 4.5-er.

This is my second book for this week and I’m so excited! It’s so beautiful in real life. The cover is great, the inside has a gorgeous comic book type page. It’s just wonderful to look at and I hope it’s equally as wonderful to read.

The back cover says “After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin, Noemi Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Noemi is an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamourous debutante, more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and not afraid: not of her cousin’s new English husband, a stranger who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems fascinated by Noemi; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Noemi’s only ally in this inhospitable place is the family’s youngest son. But he too may be hiding a dark secret. As Noemi begins to unearth stories of violence and madness, she is slowly drawn into a terrifying yet seductive world-a world that may be impossible to escape.”

In the words of Spongebob, a true king, “I’m READYYYYY!” I cannot wait to read this book. It’s smaller than The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, so maybe I’ll start with it. We’ll see.

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Not available on KindleUnlimited

803 reviews, 4.5 stars

“Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father- and he has never told his family what happened there. Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have- and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures. Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania. Now, Nate and Maddie’s graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver. And now what happened long ago is happening again…and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family – and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.”

I wanted to make a helpful blog post for anyone looking for a great, Halloween read, but all I’m doing is making my own TBR list longer than it already is. I am definitely going to be reading this book. It does chill me a little bit, and might be too much for me. I struggle with child abuse and such, it is just too heavy for me, personally. But I want to know what happens in this book so I will probably still give it a go. It’s another 4.5 star read, so it has to be good.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Not available on KindleUnlimited

2,422 reviews, 4 stars

This is by the author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, so if I like that book, I’ll be reading this book as well. Okay, I just read the description and will 100% be reading this book.

“Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized – someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece. But the thing about final girls is that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.”

I’m mad at myself for making this post the further I get down this list. THIS BOOK SOUNDS GRIPPING. I want to read it NOW instead of my other two…but I cannot do that. When I complete the first two, then we’ll consider this. I’ve got a massive TBR…making book content might not be a great idea for me hahaha

The Only Good Indians by Stephan Graham Jones

Not available on KindleUnlimited

3,529 reviews, 4 stars

The Kindle page has a very long book exert, which I’m not going to retype, but the reviews it has listed are so very promising. They speak of humor and horror, which what better combo than laughs and screams for the week of Halloween? There is no better combo….besides chocolate and peanut butter.

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Not available on KindleUnlimited

20,635 reviews, 4.5 stars

Like I mentioned, I haven’t ventured into the world of Stephen King, yet. I have a real serious fear of clowns, and I hold a mild grudge with Mr. King over creating Pennywise. I’ve seen bits of the movie, I see him on my Instagram feed, I saw him when I went to Salem, MA. He’s awful. My brother likes IT, though. Sometimes I’m not sure how I’m related to that guy.

Anyway, about this book…..this is apparently a shorter work of his, a novella, but according to the praise given in the reviews, it is still a masterpiece work by Stephan King. I think I’ll read one of his books soon, regardless of whether it’s this one or not. Just reading his bio, he’s pretty impressive. How cool is it he’s written more than 50 books and they are all worldwide bestsellers? So cool.

If it bleeds seems to contain 4 novellas, but the kindle page doesn’t contain descriptions for me further than reviews, but I’m intrigued. I will be grabbing this next time I see it.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

Not available on KindleUnlimited

2,951 reviews, 4.5 stars

This is now a Netflix original series, so if I get around to this book, maybe I’ll have a new show to try out afterward. I’ve been more into reading than watching tv, lately. Though I do have plans to binge the series You at some point.

“A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man” – a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts – which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery – a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. A tragic coincidence – or something more twisted? To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues. Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. And no one is safe.”

This one doesn’t grab my attention quite as firmly as the others, but I am most likely going to read it because if it’s so good they made it into a show, I want to read the book first.

The Shadows by Alex North

Not available on KindleUnlimited

2,559 reviews, 4.5 stars

I got chills reading the description of this book. Like, cool air rushing down your arm, scattering goosebumps in its wake, chill. This book sounds like it has just the right amount of suspense, thrill, mystery, and the perfect gripping storyline to keep me burning through the pages. So, welcome to the TBR, little buddy. I can’ wait to read you.

This is another small-town mystery with a side of murder. So if that sounds like something you like reading, I would definitely add this to your must-read list. We can read it together….I really need to join a book club.

So, now that we’ve all added 11 new books to our To Be Read piles, tell me what you’re reading this week! I’d love to add more to my never-ending list of books. Also, if you’ve read or plan to read any of the books I wrote about, comment and let me know! If you’ve already read them, I’d love to hear your spoiler-free thoughts!

I hope you have a great Monday, read a page-turner of a book, and have the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in your whole life.

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  1. I read Satan’s Affair and I’m currently reading Haunting Adeline and lemme just say- I was expecting dark romance, but I’ve been left with such disconcerting feelings I turned on all my lights and watched stardew valley streams to fall asleep 😖 In my mind, if a book can evoke a reaction like that, it’s gotta be good! Perfect for spooky season too

    1. ummmm, OKAY. Well now I’m DEFINITELY reading it. See, this is why I hate to even glance at reviews. That is not the vibe I got from the one review I read at all. Now I will not be skipping it haha

      1. there’s definitely romance! but that’s not the only thing the book is about. it’s really, really heavy in content but it’s also got paranormal and crime elements that just add an air of creepy mystery. the summary of the book doesn’t do it ANY justice either, not just some reviews!

      2. I should clarify that I love romance lol Zodiac Academy is currently consuming my WHOLE LIFE. But, okay, you’ve sold me on it. I’ll be reading it for sure. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me it’s worth it!

      3. Oooooh Zodiac Academy has been on my list for a while. Is it as good as everyone says? I liked Satan’s Affair just a tad bit more than I’m liking Haunting Adeline, so if you only read that one, it’ll be well worth it!

      4. Zodiac Academy is EVERYTHING. I literally am so obsessed it’s disgusting lol I didn’t think I’d like it when I was reading the first book….now I am a superfan haha. A MUST read, in my opinion. Especially if you like spicy fantasy books. It’s an unfinished series, though, so proceed with caution LOL book 7 comes out in December and I CANNOT WAIT. Then there will be an 8th book.

      5. hahaha I read all 6 in like 2 weeks and am already doing a reread. If you can slowly read them, I’ll be amazed! When you do read them, I’ll need you to come back here and tell me your thoughts because ZA is literally all I want to talk about lol thankfully, the authors have a BOOMING facebook group (I call it a support group) and an amazing fandom.

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