This post is, without a doubt, something I’ve never done before! Being October and everybody being all about the spooky, creepy and skin-crawling reads, I kind of felt a.. little left out? In a way? Simply because I’m a huge scaredy-cat and reading horror is something I have to mentally prepare myself for – for a very long time too..
But it does have its upsides, because it made me think of this one-time feature! You all might or might not know Destiny from Howling Libraries – if you don’t, you should totally check out her blog! – who not only reads YA fantasy and contemporary, genres I love, but also horror! I thought she deserved to be in the spotlight for once, and what better way to do that than use her blog to create a unique post! At least, I think it’s unique?
I usually read / skim her horror-reviews – I never really take them in like I do with her other reviews, because my brain goes “as if you’re reading that book anyway” and that’s that. Yes, I’m admitting to this. No shame. For once, though, I feel like changing that and giving some of her rec’s an actual shot!
I’ve browsed through a bunch of her posts – reviews, lists, whatnot – and picked out some of the spooky books that I actually just might pick up some day! I figured.. I can’t be the only wuss out there, so maybe there are others who might just get intrigued enough by these titles to give them a shot as well?
All covers link back to Goodreads!
“While We Sold Our Souls absolutely has horror elements and a wonderful plot that kept me engaged from start to finish, what I loved most about it was the fact that, at its core, it reads like a love song to metalheads and music lovers everywhere.”
That is the sentence that pretty much convinced me to add this book to my TBR! Although I listen more to rock than metal, I still see myself as a member of the metal community since so many of my friends are part of it. I love music in stories, so this just might be the motivation I need to pick up a more creepy book!
“That said, there’s a shockingly low amount of actual Halloween representation in most of the horror books I read, so when I heard about this anthology full of horror stories taking place on Halloween, I didn’t hesitate.”
Yup, here Destiny had me pretty quickly. Although I’m no horror-fan at all, I did try to find some stories that are set on Halloween and could barely find any. Having an anthology with exactly that? Bingo! Not to mention I can just take a breather after one freak-out before starting the next…
“A Monstrous Love is a collection of two very short, spooky, delightfully queer stories, and is a perfect Halloween read.”
Not only does this book consists of two short stories – win since it’s less time to freak me out?! -, there’s also mention of queer characters! And to top it off, Destiny also said something about cooking in the second story! So, yup.. This one went on my TBR as well. [And they’re really short too, apparently, since Goodreads shows 17 pages. Talk about a quick read!]
“That said, City of Ghosts is on the lighter end of the MG horror spectrum, so if you’re looking to hand a copy of this to a kid in your life, I’d say it’s suitable as long as they aren’t terribly easily frightened.”
It’s horror, but middle grade and it’s supposed not to be very scary.. On top of that, I’ve heard a ridiculous amount of praise for Schwab and I’m already planning on picking up the ADSOM-books eventually so.. Why not add this one to my TBR as well, right?! I simply have this feeling I’m going to love her writing.
“Sparrow Hill Road doesn’t feel like just a ghost story—it also feels like a love story to truck stops and diners, the quiet night life of the rural in-between towns, and a life lived out on the open road. It’s the kind of rare story that makes you want to go get lost in the wild for a while, just to get out in the quiet and listen to what the roads have to say.”
A dead girl of sixteen who’s still running from her murderer and is hitchhiking to do so. The way Destiny described this story simply got to me because I love being on the road, just going for a drive. That’s probably why Sparrow Hill Road speaks to me like it does!
Pretty sure I can conclude I’m.. very picky when I try coming out of my comfort zone. You guys don’t even want to know how many of Destiny’s reviews I read to create this list. I also know very well I will not read anything that’s zombie-related or sci fi-related when it comes to horror. I just don’t do zombies and science fiction is a genre I’m still discovering so I want to do that in my own time.
Are you someone who loves reading horror? Or more of a wuss like me?
Maybe something in between?
Is there anything on this list you’d pick up as well? Or maybe already have?
Do you have any recommendations for a horror-noob and wuss like myself?