Slightly Spooky Autumn Reads

The weather is finally cooling down and the trees are starting to change color. Autumn is definitely my favorite time of year. I love the smell of apples and pumpkin spice, I love the crisp cool air. And, although this is not normalIy the case for me, I love reading slightly spooky books to get me in the mood for Halloween. 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites for those of you who, like me,  want a few spine tingles but don’t relish the thought of too much blood and gore. Some of these picks are even suitable for older kids if you’re looking for something that you can share with family.

In order from the most mild to the most creepy here are five books that I thoroughly enjoyed:

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

A YA story told by a master storyteller, I love everything about this book. As a stand-alone novel this fabulous book centers around Nobody Owens, a young orphan who is being raised by ghosts in a graveyard. I had so much fun reading this story which is filled with adventure and enough creepiness to be a great little read for the season.

The Screaming Staircase 

(Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

This is a YA series that I just love, it is just creepy enough to be a fabulous autumn read but not so scary that I couldn’t get through it. The books center around a group of young ghost hunters in a Victorian era world. Figuring out why there are so many ghosts around, why they are being hunted by children, and other mysteries make this a fun and extremely compelling ghost story. Combine that with deep, interesting characters and fabulous world building and you have a series that is thrilling to read.

The Silver Kiss

by Annette Curtis Klause

Before there was Twilight and all its vampire mania, I was obsessed with this romantic vampire gem. This book originally came out in the 90’s so it would probably be considered a period piece now. Filled with dark longing, tenderness, and of course a vampire love story, this is a great cozy sort of autumn book with a nice supernatural edge.


(The Old Kingdom, #1) by Garth Nix

I loved this series when I was young, I never realized just how creepy it is, but I still find it fascinating. The book starts out following a young necromancer as she journeys from the “technological” part of her world to the magical, supernatural land beyond the Wall. In a quest to find her missing father and unlock the mysteries of her past she faces terrifying challenges and dilemmas on her way.  I remember being on the edge of my seat reading this one and I still love to go back and read it when I want something epic and chilling.

The Diviners

(The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

Set in 1920’s Manhattan, this series follows several amazing  teenagers trying to deal with supernatural mysteries and mystical powers as well as the challenges of growing up. Each of them have to figure out who they are and what they can do in a world filled not only with supernatural peril but racism, bigotry and injustice. This series is delightfully creepy, exciting, and witty and I can’t wait for more of the series to come out.

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