5 Books On My Halloween Bucket List This Year

5 Spooky Books on my Halloween Bucket List

We are approaching the end of August now, which means we are practically in the Halloween season. Nothing beats snuggling under a cozy blanket in the Autumn breeze with some hot chocolate and a good book. Here are the 5 books on my reading bucket list for the season:

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The summary of this books tells the story of two best friends and their “nightmarish” experience with a traveling carnival. The use of the word “nightmarish” is what sold me. My only hesitation to read this book is the setting. Clowns scare me far more than they should- which is why you will never catch me watching the movie It. Ray Bradbury’s other work, Fahrenheit 451, is one of my favorite books, so I am excited to read more of his writing. 

  1. Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie has been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years now and I am determined to read it in its entirety. I have already watched the movie adaptation from 2013, so the plot will not be completely new to me. I have not seen the original movie adaptation because the few scenes I did get through scared me at the time. In the spirit of Halloween, I am hoping the book is more like the original movie adaptation. This classic book is the story of a high school girl who has telekinetic powers. 

  1. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I was a huge fan of this musical and the 2004 film when I was in elementary school and have always wanted to read the source material. This book is about an investigation into mysterious events at an 1880’s opera house and the hidden identity of the masked Phantom of the Opera. 

  1. The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The fact that Stephen King is quoted on the cover calling this book “deeply disturbing” horrifies me. Reading the summary of the book, I can see this being a novel that I can only read in broad daylight. This supernatural thriller is summarized as being about a group getting stranded in the Sierra Nevada in the midst of a winter, resorting to cannibalism in a final effort to survive. I get chills just reading the back cover. It seems like the perfect book for Halloween, but I am scared to actually pick up a copy. 

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This 1818 novel is a classic that is seen in Halloween decorations everywhere. I have always been curious about the original story, so I am excited to finally read this book. The book follows a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, creating a creature during one of his experiments. This book is free on Apple Books under their Classics section, but I have been debating picking up a copy at the store or the library since I prefer physical copies to ebooks. 

What is on your Halloween reading list? Write your recommendations in the comments!

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