Hi there. My name is Navessa. And I am a wuss.
Which is why I typically avoid the yearly October horror-themed readathons like I would a serial killer or women prone to asking me, “So when are you having children?”
Now that I’m 34 (and never having children), I think I need to stop being such a scaredy-cat. I have many, many darker titles on my bookshelves that have done nothing but collect dust for years.
I bought these books based on recommendations from bookish friends who love the spookier genres and swore to me that they were some of the best they’ve ever read.
I’ve compiled a list based on all of these recs, and, friends, this October, IMMA READ SOME OF EM.
This post will ensure that, because once I go public with this batshit readathon idea, I’ll have to answer to people. And since I’ve roped in both Brigid and Angela, I’m now doubly accountable.
Oh, and I don’t *plan* on reading anything but nightmare-fodder for the entire month, so anyone else masochistic enough to join us in this endeavor, please leave your name and blog/twitter/fb link in the comments so we can all follow along and commiserate/suffer together.
I’ve whittled my list down to nine books. Not all of them are straight up horror. Some are dark thrillers. Others I’ve been told will make me supremely uncomfortable (You by Knepes).
Brigid has chosen 15 books for her shortlist. Much like myself, she needs plenty of options, and these lists for us are more like guidelines.
Angela has decided to pick a few books from each of our lists.
As you can probably tell, readathons with strict guidelines aren’t really our thing here at The Alliterates. We prefer a much more free form sort of challenge that gives readers the ability to join however they like. Did you read just one creepy or paranormal-themed book in the month of October? CONGRATULATIONS! You successfully completed the #spooktober2019 reading challenge!
If you want to take part, you can always follow along with a mixture of our selections, formulate your own #spooktober2019 list based on our additional recs at the bottom of this post, or check out some of the books recommended here, here, or here.
And make sure to add your books to the #spooktober2019 list over on Goodreads!