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Spooky Reads Challenge

October is upon us, and even though I love Halloween, I am usually not a huge fan of horror or thrillers. I avoided most horror movies growing up (besides my weird fascination with the Final Destination movies) and when it came to books I’m more of a fantasy person (and October is also fantasy read month so it was meant to be).

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve branched out in books a bit. I read Mexican Gothic and fell in love with it. I’ve read more YA thrillers in my book club, and I’ve become more interested in these types of books. So for October, and spooky season, I’m going to attempt to read four books (because 5 is not my friend apparently) and I’m reading two from the horror genre and two from thriller. We’ll see which I like more.

The Books In Question

I looked through a bunch of newer horror and thriller novels (there are a ton). I didn’t really want to read the classics. Those classics are part of why I didn’t get into the genres in the first place. I also wanted to read more books by women this year and picked women writers for this (it helped me narrow it down just a little bit more).

I also wanted a good chance of liking them. So I went on Goodreads and read some spoiler free reviews and picked out my books. I will say though, people are very polarized about their horror and thriller books. Either they love them or hate them. So it’s going to be interesting to say the least.

Horror Books

The Year of Witching by Alexis Henderson

It’s spooky season so I had to pick a novel about witches. Besides I love stories about witches because I think them interesting people. I have read mixed reviews on this one…mostly that people couldn’t connect with the main character which is something I fear because I am mostly a character driven reader. But I still wanted to give it a chance. I have had it in my to be read since it was announced so we’ll see. Fingers crossed.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moren-Garcia

I was in love with Mexican Gothic so I am deciding to take a chance on another one of the author’s books. This one is about vampires and is an urban fantasy (so look at me still reading fantasy novels). I am hit or miss with vampires. I was at the perfect age for Twilight and was sucked in but now am just so so about vampires. I even watched True Blood back in the day. I was a real vampire story fan. Let’s see if I still am.

Thriller Books

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

To be honest, this book has been on my list since it was announced. I don’t know why. It just has this fun mystery vibe and not just thriller. I do tend to like mysteries more. I can spend the time trying to figure out what happens next or who the killer is. Maybe that’s why I like the Final Destination movies. I could spend time finding out how they were going to be taken out. I suppose this will have a similiar vibe. I get to spend time trying to figure out the killer and why.

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

I didn’t fully follow my rule here. Ellery Lloyd isn’t exactly a woman. They’re a couple. A husband/wife duo. But I wanted to read a thriller involving technology, since everyone says it will be our downfall. Social media is a huge part of our lives (even if you don’t write a blog, try to stream on Twitch, and want to make YouTube videos). Everyone’s parents are on Facebook now. And I wanted to read a thriller where all that is messy. I can’t wait.

But honestly a lot of new horror and thrillers have terrible reviews. Are people bad writers or are others expecting the classics and not a fan? Or is it just not scary enough for them so they rate them badly? Who knows…and now I’m about to read four and tell you my feelings too.

Let me know what you’re reading this spooky season. Have you read these books? Are you a fan of classic horror? Let me know in the comments below.

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