Everyone, it is time once again for the absolute joy that is Spooky Season. Octobertime. Halloween. Fall Vibes. Whatever you want to call it, it is just around the corner. I for one cannot wait! First of all, it has felt as if I am roasting alive for the last two months and I’m longing for that cooler fall weather and hot tea on the patio. It is going to be spectacular.
Along with the more manageable weather comes one of the best parts of the year, the fall/spooky season TBR. I’m not usually one for setting TBRs (I typically fail miserably at that) but I love putting together a list of books that give me that fall vibe to give myself something to choose from while I sip my very basic pumpkin coffee.
Today I wanted to share with you my current Spooky Season TBR!
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I purchased this book last fall with the intent of reading it during October 2020 but for some reason I can’t remember I never picked it up. I love that the description for this book gives me Poe vibes except with a glamorous main character instead of Poe’s typical morose middle aged men. This book is an adult gothic horror and it won the Goodreads Choice Award for best horror for its publication year. The description promises secrets and madness and I can’t wait to dig into it this fall.
- The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – First of all, could this cover be more gorgeous? “A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them,” is the first line of the description of this book and, really, I don’t need to look any further than that. I snagged a copy of this during the spring knowing in my heart that it would sit on my shelves until the fall but I do not think that a more perfect fall Spooky Season read exists.
- Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft – I bought this over the summer during a depressive episode. You know, when you are trying to fill your soul with happiness because it is empty and grey? Somehow I thought that gothic fantasy romance with touches of horror would would fill the void. You know, it probably will. My fingers are itching to pick this one up even now so I know when the time comes to immerse myself in those October vibes that this book will step up with tattered flags flying.
- His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler – I think I’ve made it clear that I love Edgar Allan Poe so it should not surprise you that I will be reading this collection of Poe retellings. Actually, if things pan out, I intend to do a month long BookTube series on this where I read both the retelling and the original text and compare and contrast the two. In my head it sounds pretty interesting but we will see what happens.
I didn’t set myself a huge October/Fall TBR but that just means I have room to add more if a book catches my eye. I know that during said spooky season I will also be having to read Frankenstein for a university assignment but I’m not entirely sure that counts. Either way, I’m looking forward to cooler weather and curling up under a warm blanket with a good book.
Are there any books catching your eye for a fall read?