Halloween Reads (It’s not too late!)

There’s four days left until Halloween–and an entire weekend of reading time! For the last three weeks, I’ve been posting a series of Halloween reads via my Instagram account, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to share a compilation post of some of my favorites here. If you’re looking for some spooky stories to enjoy over the weekend, perhaps you would find some of these interesting!

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Halloween reads #18 is another classic, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I hate to admit this, but I probably would never have read this one if it hadn't been required reading in college English. And that would have been a real shame because this is so much more than a story about a scientist that creates a living "monster." Some of the quotes from the book are among the truest observations I've read about life–not only back in the 1800s when this was written, but today too. Actually, it might even be *more* relevant today. Two examples: "Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." And "Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful." I think the most eloquent summary of the story is one I've seen circulating around online many times before, playing on the common misconception that the monster is named Frankenstein. It goes as follows: Those who haven't read Frankenstein think he's the monster. Those who have read Frankenstein *know* he's the monster. Even if you don't read this one for Halloween, it's definitely worth checking out anyway! #bookstagram #instareads #instabook #igreads #booksofinstagram #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #readersofinstagram #reader #booklove #bookobsessed #lovebooks #booksbooksbooks #bookphotography #bookreview #bookrecommendation #halloween #halloweenreads #frankenstein #gothic #romantic #maryshelley #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures

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I’m not going to repost all of them here, so if you want to see the full set of recommendations, be sure to pop over to Instagram. I’ve also got a few more spooky books up my sleeve, so here’s a sneak peak of the remaining Halloween reads books!

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
xxxHolic by CLAMP
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

What spooky reads have you enjoyed so far this season? Any recommendations for me to add to my TBR?



  1. Oooh I love xxxHolic! I’m a sucker for anything by CLAMP.

    My favorite Agatha Christie is Murder on the Orient Express, which is not particularly spooky though. Two of my go-tos at Halloween are Dead Beat of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

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    1. I can’t resist any of CLAMP’s works either! I even have the complete set of CLAMP figurine chess pieces from the CLAMP no Kiseki anniversary series. XD
      Murder on the Orient Express was fantastic, I can certainly understand why it’s your favorite. I’ll be adding the Dresden Files to my TBR, and Something Wicked This Way Comes as well…even though I can’t think of that title without having the song with the same lyric from the Harry Potter movies come to mind!

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      1. They were hard to get ahold of, even at the time they were released! I’m so glad they are rereleasing the anime and manga versions of the older titles like Cardcaptor Sakura so that they are available to those who missed the original releases.

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    1. Thanks! I really like how the covers look on this too! And, yes, it’s a Kindle Fire 7. I haven’t used any of the other app features, but the reader and Amazon browser are really nice! I don’t notice any difference between the display on this one and my iPad mini. I got mine during the Prime Day sale in July for $30. If you keep an eye out, I bet it’ll be on sale again before Christmas! ^_^

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