So okay. We're doing this. I've finished 2 books this week, so I'm taking that as a sign. I'm going to make a TBR for October like I am no longer in a reading slump. It's a spooky list, for spooky season. Here we go.
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft - I've been holding onto this one since I got it in March just so I could read it in October. And here we are! It's about a magical girl who goes to a far-away house to heal a servant. When she gets to the crumbling mansion, the patient is actually a magician from a rival country. Haunted house and magicians. I'm in.
Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston - This is a bizarre mashup of genres. Victoria's father is dying so she goes to New Orleans to find a vampire to turn her so she can save her father. In this world, vampires are known to exist, so that's not the problem. After she finds one, she has to prove to him that she loves life enough to live forever. The cover doesn't really look like a vampire book.
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur - This is a historical mystery set in 1400s Korea. The last one was so good, and I'm here for another mystery from this author.
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould - Another mystery. Yay! This one is set in current-day Oregon. Teens keep going missing. Ashley is haunted by the presence of her boyfriend, the first teen to disappear. Logan's dads are ghost hunters. When they come to town Logan and Ashley team up to figure out what the heck is going on.
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis - This one is about a black girl who is able to speak to the dead. She uses this as a way to make money to relieve the poverty she and her mom live in. One day she accidentally raises and actual person from the dead, which makes way more money. Only there's one ghost telling her to stop. Unfortunately, her gift just brings more darkness.
The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto - Logan knows Delilah better than anyone in the world. They are meant to be. She doesn't know it, though. He is a stalker. But one day, he sees her kill her abusive stepfather. He tries to blackmail her, but Delilah is done being a victim.
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland - This is a thriller in which three sisters had a traumatic event in their childhood that left each of them with the same scar, but none of them remember the event. When the oldest sister goes missing, and other bizarre things start happening, Iris decides she has to find out what happened back then.
All These Bodies by Kendare Blake - Blake wrote the scariest YA horror book I've ever read. Set in 1958, it's about a string of murders in the midwest. A teen girl is found in the midst of one of the crime scenes covered in blood, but none of it is hers. The Sherriff's son is a wannabe journalist and the girl will only talk to him about what she remembers.
Ok. That is not all the spooky books I have on my award shelf, but these are all the ones I can fit in one month, maybe. It's 8 books, so if I get on a roll, I might have time to add some more. And I might have to add in some non-scary books as a palate cleanser between all this horror.