Friday, October 26, 2018

YA and Adult Fiction: Halloween Reads

I love an atmospheric read, especially around Halloween, but I can't stand anything too spooky. The thought of reading a Stephen King novel has me running for the hills. Let's just say that the horror genre really isn't my thing, so if you are like me, then you will appreciate these not-so-scary adult and YA reads that are perfect for the fall season. Here are some of my picks:

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Blythewood by Carol Goodman
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

What are some of your favorite reads for Halloween that are not-so-scary? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments below. 


  1. Harry Potter is perfect for any time of year. I love Edgar Allan Poe. His stories were like a gateway drug to horror for me. Now I love all the scary stuff.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I hear you! No one can beat HP or Poe, especially this time of the year. Thanks for visiting, AJ.

  2. I always want to pick up Harry Potter in the fall - I guess it's all the witches and wizards! I'm not really into scary stuff, either, so I'd rather reach for something Gothic, like Rebecca - unsettling and eerie, but not scary!

    1. Me too! I have been meaning to read Rebecca for years! Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  3. I love Edgar Allan Poe and his works really are perfect for Halloween. I read Frankenstein two weeks ago in preparation of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein (which was excellent too!) and really liked it. Libba Bray and Cat Winters are two of my all time favorite authors. I'm planning on reading The Witch of Willow Hall and The Graveyard Book soon. I'd recommend anything by Cat Winters (if you haven't read her other stuff yet) and Simone St. James who writes adult paranormal thriller standalones that are fantastic. Great post!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. Thanks for the recommendations, Veronica, and thanks for dropping by! I am glad you are a fan of these authors as well!

  4. Thanks for sharing this list. I wrote a small list of Halloween reads a few weeks ago and I'm now so mad at me for not including The Diviners. It's such a creepy book! Naughty John was so vicious!

    Happy readings!;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    1. I know! The Diviners was definitely a creepy book; it spooked me! Thanks for visiting, Tania!


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