Ah, October. The month of pumpkin spice, cinnamon-scented candles, apple pie, warm cider and cozy blankets — the very stuff that dreams are made of. Let’s not forget about the late evenings spent curled up on the couch poring over classics and indulging in fictional worlds! After all, there is no dream better for any book lover than a cozy autumn afternoon spent reading. With Halloween right around the corner (along with witches, ghosts and vampires alike), now is the perfect time to indulge in stories all about the supernatural.
Sweep by Cate Tiernan
This fourteen book series is like stepping straight through the pages into Ultimate Witch territory. Or should I say Wiccan territory? Cate Tiernan’s Sweep follows the life of teenager Morgan Rowlands who discovers that she is part of a very powerful bloodline of witches. Through navigating her new powers, falling in love for the first time and struggling to balance her old life with her new one, this book series is an absolute must-read for fall and Halloween. Perfect for readers in search of love, magick and chapters that leave you wishing that you too were the new owner of powers beyond your imagination.
Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
Who doesn’t look forward to watching the Hocus Pocus marathon on Freeform every year? I don’t know about you but it feels like I wait all year for October to roll around just so I can watch Max, Allison, Dani and Binx defeat the Sanderson Sisters time and time again.
And guess what? Now you can read the beloved movie, too!
The first half of Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel follows the exact sequence of the movie save for a few extra details thrown in here and there. The second half of the book, however, focuses on a new generation. Max and Allison’s teenage daughter Poppy and her group of friends must fight for their lives when they accidentally unleash the Sanderson sisters yet again. The second half of the book is extremely modern with the add on of cellphones and social media. Oh and there are a lot of puns. If you’re a Hocus Pocus fanatic, this book is perfect for you. Jam-packed with witches, ghosts, magic and black cats, this is the ultimate Halloween read. There’s also a fun twist revealed in the second half of the novel, changing the Sanderson sister game entirely.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
You might already be familiar with Perkins’s best-seller Anna and the French Kiss, but don’t be fooled! There’s Someone Inside Your House takes on an entirely different atmosphere. Think iconic Halloween movie Scream (1996). Having desperately fled from her past and yearning to make it out of her senior year unscathed, Makani Young is looking forward to escaping the small town in which she was banished to. Except, despite her better judgement (and her friends’ warnings), Makani finds herself beginning to fall for brooding loner, Ollie Larsson. Then, when her fellow classmates begin dying off in a string of particularly grisly murders, Makani and her friends begin to fear for their lives and suspect that Ollie is behind the horrific killings. Makani starts to worry that she may just be next on Ollie’s list.
There’s Someone Inside Your House is perfect for anyone who enjoys the Halloween slasher favorites such as Scream (1966), Friday the 13th (1980) and Halloween (1978). This book will have you anxiously turning the pages and scrambling into bed at night when you flick off the lights.
Which one of these books will you be reading this Halloween?
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