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Books I wish I’d read this Halloweenđź‘»

Hello and howdy!

So Halloween has come and gone with me writing exactly 0 posts for the occasion. #FakeBookBlogger. It’s not like I can use the excuse of “I was just so busy reading Halloween themed books, I didn’t have the time”. No, I’ve just generally not been very festive during the years Spooky Season which is honestly sad.

had to include this somewhere.

I spent my Hallween weekend watch all thee Fear Street movies with my housemate on Friday night. If you haven’t watched them yet, you’re missing out. Theyre so good!! I do recommend watching all three in one go though. Saturday I was working and Sunday I was back on the couch with my housemates watching movies again, this time Scary Movie and the not so Halloween-ey Burlusque.

I also didn’t read any spooky books, so today I come to you with five books I kind of wish I’d been able to read for Halloween :))


The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Does this book cover not just scream Halloween? I mean the colours, the ghostly hands reaching out and the terrified look in the eyes of who I’m guessing is Jake Livingston.

The Taking of Jake Livingston is said to Get Out vibes, and the tag line says that this is a horror story where survival isn’t guaranteed as it follows Jake, one of the only black boys at his school. Not only that but Jake can see ghosts and when he meets Sawyer, a troubled teen who killed six of his classmates and then himself who is set on revenge, things get complicated for Jake as everything he knows about the rules of ghosts is thrown out the windows.

It’s no secrete that I am weak for stories where the characters can see ghosts in some way or another so this is right up my alley.I actually was accepted for an ARC of this book this month and was holding out hope that I’d be able to pick it up, but of course that wasn’t the case.


A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

I can’t explain it but this book has all the vibes. From the cover to the synopsis: loving the vibes.

A Lesson in Vengeance follows a girl called Felicity as she returns to her boarding school following the death of her girlfriend. Felicity returns to the school with plans to keep her head down and ignore the rich witchy history of the school but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t escape it, nor can she escape the new girl Ellis. When novelist prodigy Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the story of the five witches that haunt the school, Felicity can’t say no.

I love the idea of a boarding school with witches, but the witches being a sort of unspoken open secrete. That paired with the mystery aspect has me really interested and I’m hoping I get to read it eventually.


The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

I don’t care how old I get, to me Halloween = Witches. I also will never tire of reading about witches which is why this new release is here on this list.

This book follows witches with elemental powers that control the climate. Clara is a Everwitch whose powers are linked to every season. Clara refuses to use her rare power however because the price for doing so is too high. But when the world is on the edge of disaster, Clara realises she’s the only one who can help.

While this is probably the least spooky Halloween book on this list, it’s giving very much autumnal vibes, and like I said, to me anything with witches is perfect for Halloween.


House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland

Is this not the most gorgeous book cover in the whole entire world ever? The only acceptable answer to this rhetorical question is yes, yes it is.

Something happened to Iris Hollow and her sisters when they were children, something they don’t quite remember but left them with matching scars. Since then Iris has tried to ignore the weirdness that surrounds her, that is until her eldest sister goes missing and she’s forced to realise just how strange her life is.

I feel like my terrible summary of the synopsis doesn’t do this book justice. It sounds like it’s going to be so atmospheric and mysterious and I’m very excited to eventually read this.


The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez

Despite my excitement for this Renaisance of YA vampires I’ve barely read any of them! Not acceptable!!

The Afterlife of the Party follows a teenage girl called Tansy who got dragged to a party by her friend and ends up being turned into a vampire. When her friend Skylar gets stuck on a roadtrip with a vampire band, Tansy bands together with her other best friend she may or may not have a crush on to save Skylars life.

This just sounds like a lot of fun and really that’s what Halloween is all about. I actually recently bought the e-book of this because it was on sale, so hopefully I read it before next Halloween.

In an ideal world, this would have been what I read in October. Instead I spent the month reading romance, wrapping my head around poetry for uni, and not having enough time to dedicate to my most anticipated release: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (I’m really nearly finished and it’s so good!!).

I’d love to know what you read this October, as well as your thoughts and feelings on any of the books mentioned above. Thanks so much for reading :))

Elli xx

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