One of my favorite months (and not just because it's my birthday month!) here in Oklahoma, it's the month where the weather really starts to feel like Autumn, the leaves change color, and the pumpkin latte and apple cider armies come out in full force!
It's also the time for Halloween, ghost stories and scary movies that you watch while hiding in a pile of blankets!
I'm one of those weird people where even though I'm easily scared by things (I scare myself when playing Hide & Seek), for some weird reason I LOVE a good scary story or movie. Growing up I couldn't get enough of the Goosebumps books, and by the time I was a teenager I had already read a chunk of Stephen King books (not necessarily age appropriate... haha oops!)
A few weeks ago I mentioned how I signed up for a free TAILORED TITLES suggested reading list, and within a few days they sent me back a handful of book suggestions perfect for this time of the year!
I wanted to share that list with y'all, both to show how awesome the resource was, and to offer some ideas for those of you that also love curling up in your favorite chair with a spooky story!
For a brief recap, I'd mentioned on the application that my favorite author was Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park & The Lost World), that I'd read a lot of Stephen King books, and I was looking for some new authors and books that focus on man vs. wild or creature feature tales (so more science-fiction related instead of real-life serial killer stuff). You can also ask them to not include books that might have adult/graphic content, so I put in requests to avoid that as much as possible. A good scary story can still be had without offensive sexual content and stuff like that!
Here were my results:
Reading the description of these recommended books, I got super excited, the employee did a fantastic job recommending exactly what I was looking for! So I hustled over to the library to check out the books I could find, and for some that weren't available yet, I found similar works by the same author and got those instead! I was stoked to finally read some spoopy horror stories!
Of course I set a ridiculous goal that I would read through all of these before Halloween, but that was before realizing that some of them, like "The Terror" were a whopping 784 pages... yikes!
So I may not get through all of these before Halloween, but as I do work through them, I'll share my reviews of each book, what I thought of it, and if I'd recommend it or not.
I'd love to hear if you've already read any of the books on this list, and what you thought of them (No spoilers please!)
Or, if you have your own personal favorite book that you've read, I'd love to hear your own recommendations!
Happy Hauntings everybody!!!