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Halloween Freebie – #5OnMyTBR

Hello 😊 Welcome to my blog.

It’s Halloween week which means a weeks worth of Halloween themed posts starting off with a #5OnMyTBR Halloween freebie.

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.

Today I’m going to be talking about 5 spooky/creepy/paranormal books that I want to have read by next halloween. I did this last year and epically failed.I ended up only reading one book out of six on that list but I’m hoping for better results this time around.


The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I forgot this book existed and I’m very sad about this. I’d seen this around a couple of years ago, added it to my Goodreads, added it to my Amazon Wishlist, the whole shabang … and then never thought about it again until recently.

The Casquette Girls is set in New Orleans, in the French Quatter and seems to be full of paranormal goodness. It’s got witches and vampires and I’m so excited to read this.

I’ve been wanting to read a New Orleans paranormal urban fantasy for what feels like forever so I’ve got all my fingers crossed that this is everything I’ve ever wanted.


Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

My memory is in shambles because I said to myself last month I was going to try and read this before Halloween 2020 and once again it just slipped my mind. I have opened up my e-book to the first story though so progress 😂.

Toil & Trouble is a anthology collection with stories from popular authors like Brandy Colbert and Zoraida Cordova.

I am a sucker for all things witches and I’ve been wanting to read more anthology collections as of late so I’m looking forward to this one. I’m actually hoping to start this tonight, but who knows if that will actually happen.


The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Three for three with witches.

The Year of the Witching is a new 2020 release that I don’t know many details about and I’m okay with that. Let me be surprised.

I do know though that this book has fantasy and horror elements and focuses a lot on feminism and race so it’s not going to be your typical Hocus Pocus style witchy read.

I feel like this has the potential to be a very interesting, kinda creepy, and possibly moving read which I am hopefully going to pick up before this time next year.


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Ok I’m doing it. I’m giving in and I’m going to try and read this insanely popular and hyped series. I’m only a couple of years late to the party.

The Stalking Jack the Ripper series is one of those times where I was initially interested but then the hype put me off.

I’ve since received an ARC of Maniscalco’s newest release so I’m going to read that first and then maybe start this series and see what all the hype is about.

I suppose a plus of jumping on this train so late is that all the books are out now so I don’t have to wait for the sequels.


Anything by Riley Sager

Riley Sager is a thriller author and I feel like I’ve seen his books everywhere. I definitly want to read more thriller novels so I think his books could be a good introduction to the genre for me. I’ve also seen polarising reviews for his books which honestly is the main reason I want to read something for me.

My plan at the minute is to start with The Last Time I Lied or Home Before Dark which are his two highest rated books on Goodreads.

Is it a good idea to start from best to possible worst? Probably not but oh well.

And so there we go. Those are the five books I want to read in the next year so that I can actually recommend them for Halloween 2021.

As always if you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know what you thought. And if you’ve read anything by Riley Sager I’m definitly interested in where you think I should start.

Thanks so much for reading, stay safe :))

Elli xx

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