Here in Philly it’s been in the 80’s up until this week so I’ve been holding off posting this because I just wasn’t feeling the whole Autumn thing — I wanted to be reading beachy books by the pool. If you know me, you will know that I LOVE the hot weather so I was honestly okay about it but I wasn’t feeling like I was ready to bust out the sweaters, read some spooky books and talk about FALL. But now that the weather is cooperating, I’m getting myself ready for Fall.
Firstly, the books!! I always get the urge to read really creepy things or really atmospheric things in October (Gothic novels or things set in a countryside in the Fall..you catch my drift?).
Here’s what I plan on reading to get myself pumped for Halloween and, well, Fall now that the weather decided to act like it was Fall. I’m not going to be able to fit them ALL in so I need your help picking which ones I should focus on!
PS I have a pretty EPIC Halloween giveaway I put up yesterday!!
The End Games: ZOMBIES! And “The Game” intrigues me SO MUCH.
Another Little Piece: I’ve heard excellent things about this one and it’s a pretty high contender on this list for me. I hear its strange and wonderful.
Anna Dressed In Blood: This cover creeps me out! I don’t read a ton of paranormal but I hear this is GREAT.
Something Strange & Deadly: I haven’t read much steampunk AND it has zombies. OH and it’s set in my city — Philly! SOOO YEAH this looks great!
Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea: I don’t think I’ve read any supernatural with the devil in it..particularly the devil next door disguised as a CUTE BOY.
Dracula: I still have yet to read this classic. I probably should.
Heart Shaped Box: JOE HILL. I mean, it’s Stephen King’s son. I’m sure he inherited some good horror writing genes.
Asylum: This cover freaks me out. This one has pictures in it too to go along with the story and I’m already nervous thinking about this crazy asylum.
Beyond by Graham McNamee: If you are looking for a quick creepy read, this ghost story is a standalone and reads very fast. It’s not a FAVORITE but it’s a solid read if you want something quick just to get yourself in the mood for Halloween.
Ten by Gretchen McNeil: This one is based on And Then There Were None and reminded me a lot of old RL Stine and Christopher Pike or movies like Scream. It was definitely a page-turner!
The Madman’s Daughter: If you are looking for something that isn’t necessarily SCARY, this one is a good one! It’s a little creepy for sure and the atmosphere created is awesome. It’s based on The Island of Dr. Moreau!
The Body Finder: This book is super quick to read if you don’t want SUPER scary or creepy. The MC can hear the echos of people who were murdered and she tries to figure out what happened to them. SO good! It’s a series and would definitely be a good addition to your TBR if you are wanting to get in the Halloween spirit!
Rebecca: A classic that is one of my favorites! This Gothic novel is amazing and the setting just makes me shiver. If you want atmospheric rather than scary, this is a good one!
The Scorpio Races: Killer horses! Maggie’s writing is so lovely and the setting is amazing for this novel. A great Fall read for those who don’t want a scare but want to read something Fall-ish.
The Raven Boys: Another one by Maggie Stiefvater. This one has magic and I read it last Fall and it was an AMAZING Fall read.
Fury by Elizabeth Miles: This series is SO underrated and book 2 was even better! I loved the idea of the Furies from mythology coming to life and let me tell you — they didn’t hold any punches when it comes to revenge.
I always try to rewatch some of the ones I’ve loved and rotate them out but Hocus Pocus is an EVERY year thing.
Here are my potential rewatches:
Hocus Pocus — DUH
Dawn Of The Dead — I always debate between watching this one and Shaun of the Dead!
Halloween: What up beautiful Jamie Lee Curtis — the reason why my mom named me Jamie Lee.
Rosemary’s Baby: CREEPY.
Psycho: SO GOOD.
Scream: Who doesn’t love 90’s slasher flicks? COME ON. Last year it was I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Ones On My List I’ve Never Seen Before (tell me what is good!):
The Conjuring: I’ve HEARD good things about this one. Are they TRUE?
The Cabin in the Woods: I was always intrigued by this one but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Julia’s Eyes: I only hear good things about Spanish horror flicks so I want to check this one out!
The Purge: THE PREVIEWS FOR THIS ONE MAKES ME WANT TO PEE MYSELF. And they kept playing on every tv station every two seconds one weekend when Will was away. *cries*
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Why the hell not??
And for those of you with NO interest in scary things, I have a lovely playlist I made using solely autumn-y words and it surprisingly all goes together nicely in its own way.
(It scrolls down on the right side…it took me 5 minutes to figure out where all my songs were because I only saw 8. OOPS)
And to put the cherry on top of this post, I’m going to leave you with my favorite recipe of the Fall — of the dessert variety of course. Will and I made them ALL last Fall! Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies — get the recipe here!!
Ok, so tell me which books should be a priority on my Halloween/Fallish reading list?? Which movies should I definitely watch? Please tell me if any of them are going to make me cry and pee my pants! (The Exorcism of Emily Rose did..GAHHH. Ok I didn’t pee but almost). Any movies/books I should ADD to my list that I might not be aware of? Any songs you are loving off my playlist? AND FOR THE LOVE OF PUPPIES, share a favorite Fall recipe with me!!