Hello to My Bookish people!
October is here! Heck Ya! This is my favorite month of the year. The weather is stunning! Crisp wind with the perfect balance of sun warming things up. The leaves are shifting into those stunning colors. It is the one month I get to runaway to the beach for a week because there is just something perfect about going during the off season before winter strikes and there’s barely anyone but locals down there. And Halloween!
Goodness, the spooky season is my jam! Yes, I still dress up in costumes, for Halloween. It’s fun to get a bit crazy and dress up for the holiday. Last year I was Waldo and played a couple of epic games of Where’s Waldo? with some friends and kids throughout the day. It was a lot of fun and I loved making people smile! Not sure what my getup will be this year, but I know its going to be funny. I don’t know how many of you like to go through haunted houses or haunted corn mazes, but I freaking love them. For some reason, I have a really hard time with scary movies, but I can do the scary in person events all day long. I go every year to Netherworld’s Fright House and have an absolute blast! This season’s houses look amazing! Just saying, if any of you are in Georgia and get a chance to get tickets for their houses, do it! I look forward to it every season!
There is a little bit of book news that is happening this month. One of the author’s I’ve gotten a chance to read, P.D. Avella (the author of Golem), has a new release happening on Halloween this month. First off, that is a pretty freaking cool release date! Secondly, it is a perfect book to be releasing on Halloween. It is a horror book that plays on so many of our fears and yet manages to keep us so enthralled in the story you’re stuck in good. The book is called Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect and is about a carnival clown who spends his free time moonlighting as a drug dealing pimp and lackey for demonic entities who prey on the weak and vulnerable through manipulation, and fear. There is a lot more on Goodreads if you are interested in the book. Get ready for quite a scare-fest with this one, which is why it is a perfect October book! I wanted to give it a bit of a highlight since it didn’t make it on my list below. Let me know what you guys think of it when it is finally out!
I hope you guys have a fabulous October and -if you celebrate Halloween- an exciting Halloween filled with frights and sweets!
Stay spooky Everyone!
Reading Theme: Occult October
It isn’t spooky season without a few books to set the scary mood. This month is full of thrillers, horrors, and just a couple of serial killers. These stories are best read in the middle of the day with plenty of light on and around. I helps chase of the shadows and stop the sounds from being too much. Because these authors are quite good at making you fall into their stories and have you jumping at little sounds. That is the spooky we’re going for this month! Lets have our hearts stop, our yelps loud, and our comfort blankets close at hand! Don’t worry, I’m not judging how you get through the fear. I’m right there with you in the ultimate prep situation!
Happy Reading Everyone!
My Reading List for October 2023:
Billy Summers By Stephen King
Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?
How about everything…
Someone Else’s Life By Lyn Liao Butler
A new life in paradise should have healed her wounds. But for a woman struggling to hold on to her family and her sanity, one stormy night could change everything.
Blow by blow, Annie Lin’s life crumbles. Her dance studio goes bankrupt. Her mother and beloved dog are gone the same year. Then a terrible accident leaves her young son traumatized.
It’s time for a change.
Palm trees, mai tais, peace and quiet―Annie should be at ease, safe in her new Kauai home with her husband and son. She hopes proximity to her family can provide them all with a sense of belonging and calm. But soon items from her past start turning up―her dog’s collar, a bracelet that disappeared years ago―and she has the unnerving sensation she’s being watched. Reality begins to fracture, and Annie’s panic attacks return. When, during a brewing storm, a woman appears on her doorstep looking for shelter, Annie is relieved to have the company and feels an unexplainable bond with her visitor.
As the night progresses, Annie realizes the woman is no stranger. Their lives are inextricably intertwined―and Annie might just lose everything.
I Hunt Killers By Barry Lyga
What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
We Hear Voices By Evie Green
An eerie horror debut about a little boy who recovers from a mysterious pandemic and inherits an imaginary friend who makes him do violent things…
Kids have imaginary friends. Rachel knows this. So when her young son, Billy, miraculously recovers from a horrible flu that has proven fatal for many, she thinks nothing of Delfy, his new invisible friend. After all, her family is healthy and that’s all that matters.
But soon Delfy is telling Billy what to do, and the boy is acting up and lashing out in ways he never has before. As Delfy’s influence is growing stranger and more sinister by the day, and rising tensions threaten to tear Rachel’s family apart, she clings to one purpose: to protect her children at any cost–even from themselves.
The Girl in the White Van By April Henry
When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she’s run away. The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. And worse yet, Savannah’s not alone: ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out—even if it means they die trying.