Hello friends, and happy Halloween!
While my country isn’t really that big on Halloween (I KNOW, shocker, but I feel like the entirety of Europe can relate), having an aunt that’s lived in the United States for as long as you can remember comes with certain perks – I’ve tried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups before (even if they aren’t sold here) and I’ve definitely embraced all the spooky vibes that come with this holiday!
So, in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, why not share the books that I plan on reading this fall season to keep the mood going right up until Christmas!
Truthfully, all of these have been on my TBR since September but I’ve managed to hit a major reading slump yet again so I’m carrying them right into November Okay let’s get started!
1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Who saw this one coming? Precisely everyone. Yes, I am one of those readers who hasn’t gotten to her Schwab yet, please don’t crucify me (I’m in the middle of the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy right now okay), and yes, I know that this book came out five years ago and that I’m horribly late but I just couldn’t not pick it up! Vicious is a story about two former best friends, Victor and Eli, who are now mortal enemies and who both seek to obtain supernatural powers… via near-death experiences. This synopsis hooked me from the very start. Every single BookTuber that has read Vicious hails it as the perfect spooky read, and talks about Schwab’s mastery with building imperfect, morally grey characters. That’s something that I personally haven’t read about ever before, so I’m very excited to finally experience it! And hey, at least I didn’t have to wait five years for the sequel, Vengeful (which sounds just as good and is on its way to me right now)!
2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
One more in the ‘I can’t believe I haven’t read these books yet’ series! I impulsively ordered all four books a couple of weeks ago and now they’re on my shelves just waiting for me to give them the love and attention that they deserve (and yes, before you ask, I’m the kind of person who purchases entire series just because I can’t bear not having the next book in my hands if I end up loving the first one). With these ones, I’m going in just a little bit blind, and I think I actually prefer it that way! I’m looking forward to exploring a new world and new characters that I don’t really know that much about, except that we have plenty of supernatural elements that will keep me very engaged in the story. And also, it’s apparently pretty gay. Which is always cool 😁
3. Circe by Madeline Miller
You might be wondering what this book has to do with Halloween, or the spooky season. It doesn’t, not in the traditional sense of the word, but whenever I think about gods and goddesses I just instantly think fall for some reason (don’t ask me, I don’t really know why). Mythology has always been a topic that fascinates me, so picking up a book about one of the emblematic female figures of the Odyssey will be perfect for the month of November! Circe is pretty self-explanatory, in the sense that it is about the famous witch who imprisoned Ulysses on her island for several decades, but it is also a re-telling, and I’m very curious to see what direction the original story ends up taking. I sadly don’t own this one just yet, but I’m planning on ordering it very, very soon (I mean, hello, that cover?? STUNNING!)
4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Oh, how I long to finally start reading this one… I’ve obviously heard nothing but good things, and honestly, the fall time does put me in the mood for a well-written, lyrical high fantasy that will just transport me to an entirely different universe. Strange the Dreamer sounds like the perfect fit for that, and I’m so excited to finally see what the hype is all about for myself! We follow Lazlo Strange, a librarian who has dedicated his entire life to learning about and eventually finding the lost city of Weep, a city that was suddenly erased from the world two centuries ago. Apparently, this has its fair share of supernatural themes as well, and I’m also going into this one purposefully having avoided each and every spoiler that I could possibly
not find (BOOKTUBE AND TWITTER, I’M TALKING TO YOU!!!!) This will be my first Laini Taylor ever, but I’m so so ready to devour this book! I might also already own the sequel because the first edition of Muse of Nightmares has red sprayed edges and I needed it in my life so I really have to get on this train fast and furiously and like now
5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Last, but certainly not least, my all-time favorite series to read during the fall and Christmastime
and all year round if I’m perfectly honest, my #1 comfort read, the books that just give me all the cozy feels I could ever want. I grew up with Harry, and by now, this series is pretty much synonymous with my name (seriously, my mom walked in as I was writing this blog post and when I told her I was including Harry Potter in this list, she said ‘Well, obviously, it’s who you are,’ which made me very, very happy). I recently got my very first full set of HP books in English (I had only owned the Romanian versions, which have a terrible translation, so of course I cried when I finally held the new Bloomsbury editions in my hands), and now I can finally, finally do a physical re-read of the series – which just, that’s a reason to live right there, you guys.
And there you have it! A short, but very exciting list of books that I’m planning to get to in the coming months! Now it’s your turn – what are some of your go-to stories for this season? What are your favorite movies and TV shows to watch during Halloween? I’m always in need for more recommendations, so make sure to leave a comment below!
As always, fellow book lovers, thank you for reading, and spook you soon 🎃