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Spooky Reading for #SpooktasticReads | #Blogtober

We are in the second half of October and nearing Halloween. Which makes it time for some spooky reads.

You all know that I love doing Wyrd and Wonder every May. Like last year the crew is hosting Spooktastic Reads. It is a mini-event for Halloween from October 19th until midnight on Halloween. You can read more about it here.

So what can be considered Spooktastic Reads? Honestly, anything you find spooky, creepy, atmospheric. And not just reads. Lisa has been talking about live tweeting a horror movie for instance.

Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters 1) by Rebecca Schaeffer

Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.

But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.

Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

What if death is only the beginning?

When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.

Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.

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

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

Are you reading anything special for Halloween?

8 thoughts on “Spooky Reading for #SpooktasticReads | #Blogtober

  1. Hallo, Hallo Annemieke,

    I decided to ease into #SpooktasticReads with a short story set round the happy chaos of putting together a Halloween party within a series I love reading for Women’s Fiction. You’ll find the review up on my blog now – called “Ghastly and Good”. It has a lot of hidden layers and I loved the nostaglia it provides for anyone who has their own memories of Halloween being celebrated as a child. Aside from that, I have a full rounding of stories – from ghosts to witches to spookified Historical Fiction, some Mysteries, Suspense & Thrillers and a few Gothic tales thrown in for good measure too! lol I decided to take this as my ‘second’ bookish holiday this year after August’s INSPY readathon as I needed a way to repair my readerly life (again).

    I had 8x migraines in September which really put me under the weather as that is the highest number of migraines I ever had in a month. September overall was just personally wrecking on all levels and October is a kinder month by far!! I’m taking it one story at a time – seeing which one appeals to me as I pick it up and then staying with it. Some are on audiobook – either via my libraries and/or Scribd and others are stories I received for review considerations.

    I decided each day I’d read a bit, listen a bit and I’ll have the reviews materalise as I get through the stories in a rhythm that makes sense to me as I read them. I really don’t have any inked out plans aside from reading for the joy of it and sorting out some Top Ten Tuesday (spookified) posts, a book tag (from our #SpooktasticReads prompts) and some book photos too.

    So happy you’re joining us and are having fun with the stories you’re pulling to read and having fun with your posts, too! Always happy to have you with us for our events. We appreciate the fact you love what we’re hosting and continue to take the journey with us.

    PS: Per my convo on our #SpooktasticReads feeds, I found your Southern charmed vampire story a bit intriguing but worried it might be graphically distrubing for me to actually read.

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    1. Oh no. I’m sorry that the migraines continue to wreck so much of your time. I only get a period migraine on occasion and they are terrible. I can’t imagine having 8 in a month. ❤ I hope the whole of October remained much better for you.

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