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I know I always say that I’m going to try and post on a regular schedule and it never works out, but I PROMISE THIS TIME I’M TELLING THE TRUTH. I plan on posting Monday Manias (list-type posts) every Monday and reviews on Tuesdays. Every week. I’m also going to review books that I want to review. It’s my damn blog and I’ll post what I please.

Anyway, since today is Labor Day, it kind of feels like the end of summer, even though, technically, it won’t be fall for another couple of weeks. And what does the end of summer mean? FALL! More specifically, Halloween. Book nerds seem to love Halloween the most. I’m not sure why… we’re all masochists who love to get scared? Who knows? But I love it all—the horror, the gore, the shrill screams in the dead of night, and laughing my ass off after someone scares me. Does anyone else do that? Literally every single time someone scares me, I shout, say, “Oh my god, you scared me!” and then I laugh really hard.

            So this is a post. About Halloween. And what I plan to read this Halloween season.

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

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I heard about this book last Halloween season on Booktube and it honestly sounds so creepy and interesting! I bought it last October, too, but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. It’s basically a bunch of short horror stories told by a bunch of people on a writer’s retreat where heat, power, and food are all being withheld.

I just really love things that are horror-themed, not just like, the atmosphere, you know? Like in Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz where they go to a horror-related place, Haunted is very horror-themed. I’m not really making any sense, am I? There are books that are scary, and then there are books that are centered around Halloween and horror. I guess I just like to feel like I’m not the only one that seeks out the thrill of horror.

Either way, Haunted seems like an amazing way to kick off this Halloween season and I’m very excited to read it.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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            See, Bone Gap isn’t really centered around Halloween or anything, but it’s an atmospheric book, which is what I was talking about earlier. I prefer books that are actually about Halloween/center around it, but atmospheric books are just as fun.

Bone Gap is centers around a young, beautiful girl named Roza who disappeared, but no one is really surprised just because true to its name, Bone Gap is a town that’s actually full of gaps. Finn knows something is up, though. He knows she was kidnapped. Bone Gap follows the stories of Roza and Finn and the townspeople whose lives are complicated and terrifying.

I love the cover of this book, which is what originally got me to purchase it last fall. Again, I still haven’t read it because I’m a terrible person. I really want to read Bone Gap this season, though, because it sounds hauntingly good!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

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            The Walls Around Us follows three girls: Violet, Amber, and Orianna. Violet is a dancer whose accomplishments may not have been achieved in an honest way. Amber has been locked up in a juvenile detention center for so long she can’t imagine ever getting out, and Orianna is the link between Violet and Amber and the truth.

            Again, another atmospheric book, but it sounds damn intriguing. I can’t wait to read this one!

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

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            We’ll Never Be Apart is a story about two sisters, Alice and Cellie. Alice is locked in a mental ward at Savage Isle. She’s been haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend that was set by her sister, Cellie. When Alice finds out that Cellie has been committed to Savage Isle, she plans her revenge.

            What’s more horror and Halloween than a mental ward and a good revenge story? I’ll tell you: nothing! This just screams, “Do not read me in the dark, while you’re alone. Your sister might come up behind you and MURDER YOU.” I’m kind of picturing Pretty Little Liars if it were all set in Radley Sanitarium. I’m ready for it.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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            The Accident Season follows Cara and her family as the accident season rolls around. For some reason, close to the end of October marks when Cara’s family all become very accident prone. She is determined to find out why and if the curse will ever be broken.

            I love books where Halloween/October brings out some strange bizarre happenings somewhere. It’s just so fun and creepy and I can’t get enough!

Hexed by Michelle Krys

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            What’s Halloween without witches? Indigo Blackwood is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a powerful clique. Everything changes, though, when someone dies right in front of Indigo and her mom’s bible that she’s weirdly protective of is stolen. Turns out, if Indigo doesn’t get that bible back every witch in the world will die. Even worse, Indigo is a witch, too, so the stakes have risen dramatically.

            I’ve never been one to be into fantasy novels, but this one sounds so freakin’ good, I can’t resist! I love witches, anyway. I grew up watching Charmed. I even had my very own Book of Shadows that I made myself! I wanted to live in San Francisco so bad. Anyway, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! I’m very curious about the sexy stranger named Bishop, too!

Happy Spooky Reading!
The Wandereader

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