(Slightly) Overambitious SPOOKY October TBR πŸ‘» feat. Spoopathon

October TBR

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‘»Β One of my favorite things to do in October is to read spooky, eerie books and participate in themed Readathons. This year I’m going all out and I have a spooky October TBR for you full of creepy, mysterious books πŸ‘€ I’m also taking partΒ in the Spoopathon, because it had such a unique concept – escaping a haunted house by reading books – and I generally like month-long reading events! Sadly Sbooktober – which I have been participating in since 2016 – isn’t happening this year, but I hope it returns next October πŸ₯Ί My TBR is quite ambitious this time, so I’m not sure I’ll get around to all of these, but I’m so excited for each and every book. I’m in the mood for some spooks this coming October and I cannot wait to reread favorites and discover some great new autumnal books πŸŽƒ

Time to get spooky! πŸŽƒ


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The Spoopathon is a month-long Readathon all about escaping a haunted house by reading books! There are different paths you can take on the prompts board (see below) that will lead you out of the house and there’s also a points system as you’ll have to defeat ghosts/unlock doors πŸ‘€ There’s a Twitter Account with a super helpful Information Thread and there are also different teams that each have a special ability helping them in the escape! I loved this idea as it was so creative and the prompts really appealed zo me! You can see what path I have chosen by looking at my #spoopathon TBR! As for the teams I have joined Team Ghostbusters πŸ‘»



My #spoopathon TBRΒ 

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  1. Pumpkinheads (Rowell & Erin Hicks) πŸ‘» 75 points
  2. Grimoire Noir (Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch) πŸ‘» 125 points
  3. Thirteens (Kate Alice Marshall) πŸ‘» 125 points
  4. Girl of Nightmares (Kendare Blake) βœ… or The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) πŸ‘» 75 points
  5. Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake) πŸ‘» 75 points

➽ I choose the pink/rose colored path through the Haunted House and have 5 books to read! You can technically reenter the House after you escaped it and take a different path, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that. As my comfort reread I choose Pumpkinheads, as it’s got the most autumnal vibes I have ever soon and though it’s also a graphic novel, I did choose something different for the second prompt. I picked up Grimoire Noir, a graphic novel I saw at my library but don’t know much about except for the fact that it looks spooky πŸŽƒ The New Genre prompt was a bit difficult as I already branched out into some genres over the past years, but I think Middle Grade Horror counts as I have barely read any books that fall into this category! I got myself the copy of Thirteens as it’s Kate Alice Marshall’s Middle Grade debut. (I love her YA books!) The last prompt – Read After Dark – is pretty easy to fulfill given how early it gets dark and how much I love reading in the evening in general. I’m rereading Anna Dressed in Blood, which I first read ages ago, but I want to continue the series πŸ₯°

➽ This brings me to the most interesting prompt, which is Trick or Treat!!Β The idea for this is that you pick a book that you’re super excited to read (Treat) and a book that you’re not that excited for (Trick). You then let others (either by asking a friend or doing a poll) decide what book you should read without telling them which book is your Trick/Treat! I thought this was so much fun and choose Anna Dressed in Blood (Treat) and The Graveyard Book (Trick)! Twitter choose right and has me reading Anna Dressed in Blood, though I’ll probably also read The Graveyard Book at some point πŸ˜„


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Rereads πŸ”„

  • A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) πŸ‘»
  • Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) πŸ‘»
  • Mooncakes (Xu & Walker) πŸ‘» 🌷

➽ I’m a big fan of rereading especially in fall! πŸ‚ I have been rereading A Monster Calls every October for years and it’s one of my absolute favorite books! I finally bought my own copy as I used to check it out from my old library. If you’re looking for an illustrated story about grief and monstersm this is a great book! I also want to reread Small Spaces, which I discovered and fell in love with last year! It’s the debut of a MG Horror series, so I might also reread the second book Dead Voices! (I just read the newly released third book in September.) πŸ‘» I’m also hoping to reread Mooncakes which isn’t scary but has got paranormal creatures and a mystery so it still fits right in. I read an Arc of this back in the day and love the art style πŸ₯°

Graphic Novels/Illustrated 🌷


  • The Little Kitten (Nicola Rillen) πŸ‘»
  • Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye (Tania Del Rio) πŸ‘»
  • Something is Killing the Children Vol 1. (James Tynion IV) πŸ‘»

➽ You know what’s better than graphic novels? … SPOOKY graphic novels!! I discovered The Little Kitten while browsing my library and it looks SO CUTE πŸ₯Ί It’s a short children’s picture book, but as a big cat lover I had to put it on my TBR! I have also been eyeing Something Is Killing the Children as I know it’s spooky and Destiny really likes this graphic novel series! Finally, I snatched up Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye in a fantastic Kindle deal! It’s an illustrated story that I discovered while rewatching Zoe’s Spooky/Cozy Cabin Vlog and I immediately knew that I had to check it out πŸ‘€

MORE spooks πŸ‘»

  • Bridge of Souls (Victoria Schwab) πŸ‘» 🎧
  • The Monster of Elendhaven (Jennifer Giesbrecht) πŸ‘»
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) πŸ‘»

➽ I’m vibrating with excitement for these books!! I have been listening to the Cassidy Blake books these past Octobers and it’s always so much fun. This is Schwab’s Middle Grade Horror/Paranormal series about a girl who can see ghosts! Bridge of Souls is the last book in the series and I have been eager to read it! I also keep eyeing The Monster of Elendhaven which sounds perfect for October as well – I don’t know too much about this book except that it’s about Monsters and I’m excited to see where the story takes me πŸ‘€ A 2021 release I also have to read is The Taking of Jake Livingston, another spooky, creepy ghost story that will hopefully keep me up all night!

  • The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) πŸ‘»
  • The Missing Season (Gillian French) πŸ‘»
  • A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) πŸ‘» 🎧

➽ And here we have even more dark, eerie books!! 😱 The cover of The Girls Are Never Gone is perfectly creepy and one of the most sinister looking ones I have encountered! I love that this has a podcast element and potentially some ghosts πŸ‘» I’m still holding out hope that my library might get the e-book of this. I also saw The Missing Season while browsing Overdrive, so I decided to give it a go, especially as it sounds creepy and is about a monster called The Mumbler! Finally we have A Lesson in Vengeance which just came out! I love Victoria Lee and I’m ready for her spooky, sapphic Dark Academic book πŸ–€

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Are you participating in #spooptober or any other spooky Readathons? What are your fave spooky books? What books are on your October TBR? πŸ‘»

20 thoughts on “(Slightly) Overambitious SPOOKY October TBR πŸ‘» feat. Spoopathon

  1. Omg, Caro we’re twinning. πŸ˜‚ My spooky readathon tbr was scheduled for today too. Though I chose a different one, Hocus Pocus Readathon, as this one felt too complicated for my taste. πŸ˜‚
    I love your tbr and we have some matching titles, as I’m also going to read Dead Voices (and actually, I recently finished Small Spaces but I bought the Hungarian translation today and I’m currently rereading it!) I also really want to read The Girls Are Never Gone in October, but my library doesn’t have it yet. 😏
    I am so looking forward to all the spookier books, good luck with your tbr!! πŸ‘»

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    1. Omg we really are πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚ I read your Hocus Pocus Readathon TBR, I did this Readathon last year and it was a lot of fun πŸ₯° I already had my post scheduled when this Hocus Pocus round was announced, but maybe I’ll join again next year!

      I read Small Spaces last year and I’m happy to hear that you also loved it! I hope you enjoy Dead Voices, it’s also great πŸ₯° Yes, I’m SO hyped for The Girls Are Never Gone, fingers crossed our libraries will get it at some point πŸ™
      Thank you! Good luck with your TBR as well! πŸ§‘πŸ‘»

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  2. Good luck with your TBR! I’ve had my October TBR planned for months and I’m so excited to finally go through it πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoy Girl of Nightmares! It’s been a long time since I read the Anna books but I remember loving both of them πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Louise! Good luck with your October TBR πŸ‘» I really need to finally get to Girl of Nightmares, as I read the first Anna book ages ago, liked it, but then never continued! Happy to hear that you like the Duology πŸ₯°


    1. Thank you, Destiny! πŸ‘» I’ve already read the first two volumes of Something is Killing the Children and I had such a good time with them! My library sadly doesn’t have the third volume, so I’ll have to get it some other way πŸ₯Ί


  3. Oct, Nov and Dec are my absolute favourite months to read a whole lot of Mystery, Thriller, Horror and Christmas books! It’s a literary treat for me!🀩 I was thinking of randomly picking up spooky books for the month of oct and reading it, but now that I see Spoopathon it’s really making me reconsider my plans 😁 I’ll be making my final decision tomorrow! And I’ll love talking to you about it if I join the readathon!☺️🧑

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  4. OMG!!! your TBR looks amazing!!! I hope you enjoy everything you read, and, of course, have a great time participating in the readathon! 😍
    I’ll also be trying to read The Taking of Jake Livingston & The Girls Are Never Gone this month, so I hope we both love them! πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Thank you so much, Sofii I’m having a great time with my TBR and the Readathon! πŸ’•πŸŽƒ I’m about to read The Taking of Jake Livingston next, as I have been eagerly anticipating it all year πŸ‘» I hope we also love The Girls Are Never Gone πŸ₯°

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