Hey Guys! So, October is finally here. This year has just gone so fast. So, I live in Australia and here we do not really celebrate Halloween here. However, this month I am participating in a couple of Halloween readathons and thought that I would recommend some spooky and possible scary books. I have not read most of these books, but they have spooky and scary themes which makes October the perfect time to read them.
Retellings & Novelisations
- Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke. This is a novelisation of the film, Pan’s labyrinth and was released quite recently. I have not read this book yet, but I love the film a lot. The film is in Spanish, but you can put English subtitles. I am so excited to read this book and was even more excited when I realised that Del Toro was co-writing it because he directed the film.
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan. This book was another recent release which I purchased recently on a whim. It is inspired by the Netflix show, the chilling adventures of Sabrina which is kind of spooky and scary. This is said to be a prequel to the show, and I am really excited to read it and continue with the show. It based loosely on the Sabrina the Teenage Witch television show, but this is a lot spookier and creepy.
- Mistress of All Evil: A tale of the Dark Fairy by Serena Valentino. This is another recent purchase for me. I believe that this book is like a novelisation of the maleficent film, but I am not 100% sure. It is based on the Disney movie, Sleeping beauty but has more of a focus on the villain, Maleficent. I have really wanted to by the Disney Twisted Tale books and saw this book. This is not technically part of the twisted tales’ collection however; Serena Valentino has done her own series based on these Disney movies.
- Dorothy must die by Danielle Paige. This is one of the books on this list that I actually have read. This book is a Wizard of Oz retelling where Dorothy and her companions are the villains and are evil. It is quite a unique retelling and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the first book in a four book series.
- Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha. The first part of this book is a novelisation of the Hocus Pocus movie however, the second part is based on 2018 but still contains part of the original cast I believe. I am planning to read this book during October for the Hocus Pocus readathon.
Book Which Were Later Turned Into Movies
- Carrie by Stephen King. This would not be an October and Halloween recommendations post without a Stephen King book. I did limit myself to only including one of his books even though all of his books could go on this list. This book is about a girl named Carrie in high school who discovers she has telekinesis powers. A lot more happens but I do not wish to spoil it anymore. This is one of my favourite Stephen King movies I have watched.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I have not read this book or watched the movie however; I do plan to read the book in October. There is mixed reviews about this book and the movie, but I am excited to read it this month. I do know that the book contains very creepy photos which makes it perfect to read in October.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This is another one where I have seen the movie but have not read the book. The movie is supposed to be a kids movie, but it is really creepy and spooky. I did love the movie a lot. It is about a girl named Coraline Jones who moves to a new house. She goes exploring and discovers new parts to the house and some crazy things happen. I am so excited to read this book this month.
- The Witches by Roald Dahl. I have read this book and have also watched the movie. Both the book and movie are amazing. The witches remind me of the witch in Hansel and Gretel. I do believe there is going to be a remake of the movie that will be out soon. This book is about a boy whose grandma is always warning him about witches and then he discovers some crazy things about them when him and his grandma go on holiday.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I have not read this book yet even though it has been on many of my TBRs. I do 100% plan to read it this month and will be posting a review once I do. I am not too sure what happens in this book, I just know that a lot of people love it.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This book is a classic horror book that I am sure you have heard about. Frankenstein is about a scientist called Dr Frankenstein who tries to bring people back from the dead. He tries his experiment of his brother and chaos ensues. I do plan to read this book this month.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. This book has been made into so many movies. Some of them I love and some of them I don’t. I do love Hotel Transylvania where Dracula is a character but it has nothing to do with this classic story.
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