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Recommending Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats πŸ‘»πŸ±

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Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‚ I’m back with some recommendations in time for Halloween because I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a spooky-themed recommendation post! πŸŽƒ I love reading spooky books in October, but I’m also a HUGE scaredy-cat, so I don’t reach for horror or anything too scary. That’s what inspired me to recommend some books that I think have an eerie, creepy atmosphere, some paranormal creatures, and just the right amount of spookiness. This is for all fellow scaredy-cats who love Halloween but like their content a bit less terrifying and more medium spooky πŸ‘» I also did a recommendation post for spooky content (TV Shows and movies) last year, so feel free to go check that out if you’re also looking for something to watch in October πŸ₯°

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Time to get spooky (but only a little bit!)

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πŸ‘» ~ Some spooky vibes


The Lady Janies (Ashton, Meadows, Hand) ➽ This is a trilogy of historical fiction companion books with a paranormal twist, so you can read all of them on their own! My personal favorite is My Lady Jane, as it’s the right amount of humor, romance and of course fantasy (this one is about shapeshifters) πŸ₯° The most Halloween appropriate has to be My Plain Jane, as it centers around ghosts, ghost hunters and mediums like our main character! I like the eerie vibes in this one, it’s atmospheric without being spooky πŸ‘» I also liked the last book in the trilogy, it’s about another paranormal creature: rugarous (or rather werewolves) in Western America, which was another interesting setting! If you like humor, banter and stories with paranormal creatures, this might really appeal to you, especially if you’re looking for more light historical fiction!


πŸ‘»πŸ‘» ~ A few light spooky elements


The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (Lauren James) ➽ I recently read this and it’s another ghost story! Lauren James writes great, fast-paced books with great suspense, and this one was no different. It’s got an interesting anti-heroine who just became a ghost and is now running rampant in the place she died in and cannot escape. There are great found family vibes, a lot of ghosts (as well as some creepiness and gore), and increasing suspense. Because there are multiple POV’s you get that sense of foreboding, knowing that bad things are to come for all of our characters 😱 This is a great fresh take on ghosts, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something a bit paranormal with an interesting twist!

City of Ghosts (Victoria Schwab) ➽ I don’t read much Middle Grade but I like it when it comes to spooky stories as they’re usually not that scary compared to YA/adult horror – perfect for a scaredy-cat like myself! I listened to the audiobooks for City of Ghosts and its sequel Tunnel of Bones, which I highly recommend here as the narration is good and it makes for nice background noise during a cozy evening πŸ₯° The story is about a young girl called Cassidy, who almost died and ever since can see ghosts, including her best friend Jacob. She’s not too thrilled when her ghosthunting parents (who however don’t believe in ghosts) drag her to Europe for their filming. I like that each book is set in another European city and follows Cassidy dealing with the ghosts lurking around that only she can see. It’s a lot of fun to read and not really that scary! πŸ‘»


πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘» ~ Super creepy and eerie atmosphere


Jackaby (William Ritter) ➽ Yet again, I’m begging you to read Jackaby, especially because it’s the perfect book to read during the spooky season! The series is a mix of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock Holmes, so right up my alley. There’s an eccentric detective who can see the paranormal creatures (and reminds me of Sherlock and Dirk Gently put together aka my favorite kind of character), his adventurous female assistant, ghosts, people-turned-ducks and lots of other strange things happening πŸ‘» I love that the mystery and the cases all have a supernatural twist, which makes them so fun to read about – it’s the perfect amount of eerie and creepiness! I love all the characters as well, so I highly recommend this book πŸ’•

Scythe (Neal Shusterman) ➽ Shusterman is a master storyteller when it comes to futuristic worlds that feel very dystopian and bleak at times, be it the Unwind series (still traumatized by the end of book 1, I didn’t read the sequels though) or the standalone Dry that I read at the beginning of the year. My favorite book by him is the Scythe Trilogy (still haven’t read The Toll though), about a futuristic world that has conquered death, but as people still need to die, Scythes have taken up the job of killing. It’s a suspensful book, but also full of horrors as it’s about killing, and not all Scythes are as honorable as they should be, leading to horrifying antagonists who abuse their power. There were quite some haunting scenes in this! 😱

The Wicked Deep (Shea Ernshaw) ➽ This is one of the most atmospheric books that I’ve read and I love how perfectly it fits into the spooky season, as the whole atmosphere is so eerie and forboding!! This gives off mighty Hocus Pocus vibes as well, one of my favorite Halloween movies πŸŽƒ The Wicked Deep is about a coastal small town with a dark legend: three apparent witches were drowned there centuries ago and within a certain time frame, they come back each year to drown some of the town’s men. The twist: they possess three of the girls in town, but no one knows who and the girls don’t remember anything afterward. I love the premise so much, it’s so well-written, engaging and made me excited to read the author’s new book as well πŸ₯°


πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘» ~ Maximum SpookinessΒ 


The Devouring Gray (Christine Lynn Herman) ➽ This is another amazing book to read during the spooky season and I enjoyed reading it a lot last year! The Devouring Gray is set in the small town Four Paths, which has been plagued for ages by The Gray, a parallel world like the Upside Down from Stranger Things which is full of dangers and death. Once caught there, no one gets out alive, so it’s up to the town’s major families to protect their home and the people who live there. I love that each family has its own magical talent and that there are power struggles and dysfunctional parental relationships. When newcomer Violet – unbeknown to her she’s also from an old family – arrives in Four Paths she gets a front-row seat to the danger. I loved the creepy atmosphere and danger of the book, it was so intriguing! πŸ‘€

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) ➽ This is generally pretty well-known but I still enjoy the series a lot and it’s a good read for Halloween! Miss Peregrine’s is about an ordinary boy named Jacob, who discovers that he is Peculiar (someone with powers) after his grandfather was brutally murdered. The beginning of this book was so eerie, as we see Jacob struggle with the fear of thinking someone is out to get him just like his grandfather. Upon discovering his grandpa’s old children’s home and embarking on an isolated island, he begins to slowly understand that they are both different than normal people. I love that there are super creepy photographs woven into the story, it enhances the story’s already sinister atmosphere, especially taken together with the lonely island. I also like that the powers in this story range from what you would expect (like pyrokinesis) to really bizarre and creepy (a girl with a back mouth, someone who can raise the dead for a short time by implanting them with hearts) πŸ‘»

Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake) ➽ This one gave me some Supernatural vibes because the main character Cas is hunting ghosts like his father until the latter was viciously murdered. Now he’s a bit of an outsider as no one else knows ghosts are real and Cas is dedicated to his mission. Things change when he pursues a local ghost legend of Anna, a murdered girl who kills everyone who enters her former home. This one had surprising found family vibes, lots of ghost hunting, and the paranormal as well as a spooky atmosphere. The end was a bit gruesome and contained some gore (and animal death!!), which is why I consider this very spooky. I sadly haven’t been able to read the sequel yet, but I highly recommend this Duology πŸ‘»

Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) ➽ I picked this up on a whim when I discovered it in Kat’s recommendation post because it sounded so atmospheric and spooky! Reading this on the weekend was one of my best reading experiences this year as it was just the spooky book I needed to truly feel autumnal inside πŸ‚ I feel like Middle-Grade Horror is great for scaredy cats like me because it gives off the spooky vibes, but doesn’t make me too scared. So if you have any recommendations for MG Horror definitely let me know!! This one was about a girl still grieving who finds a mysterious book. She doesn’t think much about it until her class goes on a nearby farm and things go wrong. While her classmates don’t believe anything supernatural is going on Olivia and two other kids decide to make a run for it, starting a cat and mouse game with some scary creatures. I have to admit that I was actually a bit scared during the book especially when the chase began, it gave me the chills 😱

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Have you read any of the books on my list? What are your favorite books that are spooky but not too scary? πŸ‘»


32 thoughts on “Recommending Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats πŸ‘»πŸ±

  1. I’ve read Scythe, The Wicked Deep, My Lady Jane, City of Ghosts, and Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and fairly enjoyed them all. My favourite out of them is probably Scythe! I really love the world and the writing style and the plot!
    I saw Jackaby in the library and almost checked it out but I already checked out too many books from the library but when I finish all the other books and I go back I will be sure to check it out!

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Happy to hear that you enjoyed all of them! Scythe is also a favorite of mine, it has such an interesting world and an action-packed plot! πŸ˜„ I hope you give Jackaby another chance when you have fewer books checked out, it’s truly an amazing book! 😊
      Thank you for reading! πŸ₯°

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  2. I really want to read the Lady Janies trilogy, it’s been on my tbr for a while! I love the way you describe Jackaby, a book that’s a mix between Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock Holmes sounds like something I would enjoy. I’m adding it to my trb!

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  3. Ahaha the title literally jumped right out at me! I honestly see everyone recommending thrillers/horrors this time of year and I can never join those trends because I get scared so easily!! Definitely something to work on haha but I think it’s just the overactive imagination! I did start reading Miss Peregrine’s though but it was a DNF purely because I got it from my school library ages ago, had to hand it back in for the holidays and then forgot about it. I definitely found it a bit creepy though but it could be a fun one to read this spooky season!

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  4. Haha, this is so me. πŸ˜‚ I love Halloween, but I get scared so easily, so horror books and movies are not really my jam. Though I noticed that horror books are more okay, because that way I can just not imagine all the details going on, but horror movies? No way. πŸ™ˆ
    I’ve read My Lady Jane and The Wicked Deep and enjoyed both! Loved the humor in the first, and the witchy vibe in the latter.

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  5. lol I love your ratings for spookiness! I read Small Spaces a few months ago and I enjoyed it. I really want to pick up the second book πŸ™‚

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  6. City of Ghosts is such a wholesome spooky book I love Cassidy so much! I love your recommendations, most are on my TBR but I can’t wait to read The Devouring Gray! also thank you soooo much for sharing my post ❀

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    1. Oh yes, I love the Cassidy Blake books, they are amazing to listen to on audiobook and the kind of spooky that I like πŸ₯° Thank you!! I hope you enjoy The Devouring Gray, it’s got a great creepy atmosphere πŸ‘» You’re welcome πŸ’•

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  7. Spooky books for scaredy cats is SO my vibe! Thank you, Caro! πŸ˜€ I love City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones (maybe middle grade spooky is what I should be aiming for in all my books??) and I remember getting some wonderful thrills when I read Miss Peregrine’s a few years back.

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    1. Thank you for reading, happy to hear that there are fellow scaredy cats πŸ₯°πŸŽƒ The Cassidy Blake series is amazing and I love spooky Middle Grade books because they aren’t too scary πŸ‘» the Miss Peregrine’s books are so atmospheric with the photographs, I love it! 😊


  8. Okay, this is the perfect post for me because I am one of the biggest scaredy cats out there :’) Creepy atmospheres and paranormal creatures are exactly the right balance for me!

    – I have been wanting to read the Lady Jane books for so long but my library doesn’t have them! I might have to request them though after reading your paragraph on them – they sound so good!
    – I recently read a book by Lauren James and was impressed by the fast pace, so The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker sounds like a book I need to check out too πŸ™‚
    – I can’t believe I’ve never heard of The Wicked Deep before – you’ve made it sound so intriguing!
    – I have heard a lot of people recommending Small Spaces by Katherine Arden lately (even before October rolled around) so I have been thinking about picking that up too. It sounds perfect for this season!

    Awesome post Caro!!

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    1. Same here, I’m so easily scared of everything, so I need content that doesn’t scare me too badly πŸ˜… I’m happy to hear that you liked the post!! πŸ’•

      – Oh no!! So sorry to hear that your library doesn’t have the Lady Janies books, maybe requesting them will prompt the library to buy them! I’d say it’s definitely worth it πŸ˜„
      – Ohh what book did you read? The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker was definitely addictive!!
      – The Wicked Deep is amazing! It has such a fantastic setting and atmosphere and all the Hocus Pocus Vibes! ✨
      – Small Spaces is just the right amount of creepy and scary since it’s Middle Grade & honestly the most I can deal with πŸ˜„

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  9. Omg this post was made for me!! Caro, you’re reading my mind. Also a huge scaredy cat. Literally can’t handle creepy things because I WILL imagine a creepy figure looming above my as I sleep. I haven’t gotten to any of these ones yet, though I’ve been SUPER excited to read The Devouring Gray and City of Ghosts. And The Lady Janies sounds so great xoxo

    Loved all the recs!!!

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    1. Happy to hear this post could help some fellow scaredy cats πŸ˜„ Omg same, I cannot do scary things because my imagination tends to run wild and convince me bad, creepy things are lurking around to haunt me πŸ˜… I hope you enjoy The Devouring Gray, City of Ghosts and The Lady Janies!! πŸ’• Thank you so much!! πŸ₯°

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    1. I also didn’t know and was pleasently surprised when I first read the books! I love that each of them features a different paranormal/fantasy creature πŸ˜„
      I feel you, I like spookiness but no jumpscares or too much horror! Small Spaces was the perfect amount of creepiness, I hope you enjoy it πŸ₯°

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  10. I would definitely throw some Mira Grant in there, just saying *wink* I didn’t know that there were paranormal elements in The Lady Janies and I want to pick it up so much more now. Also, I just ADORE the City of Ghosts series.

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