35 Books for a Spooky Season TBR!

Happy SPOOKY SEASON, also known as THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR. For me Spooky Season starts on September 1st and ends sometime around the end of November, so I’ve got a good three months to tackle this TBR, but even so, it’s extremely ambitious and it’s highly unlikely I will read all of these unless my slumpy mood suddenly improves rapidly and significantly. (Also, there are a bunch of season new releases coming out in the next few months that may impact this TBR. We shall see.)

Also, I’m doing something slightly different this year, in an attempt to make a dent in the books I physically own, so the majority of these books are off my physical TBR! I kind of went through my bookshelves and picked out all the books I need to read that are seasonally appropriate.

This is one of my absolute favorite posts to make; I love thinking about what seasonal books I’m going to read for my favorite time of the year, and I’m really excited about all of these books I’ve chosen!

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25 Books for a Spooky Season TBR

Happy September!!!

With September, Spooky Season, otherwise known as THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR, has officially begun. How am I defining Spooky Season, you ask? Well, I’m pretty flexible about it. For me, Spooky Season begins in September and ends when November does. It’s not just about Halloween for me; it’s more about autumnal vibes, which last past October.

If you couldn’t already tell, this is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year, when I am imbued with energy and am even more obnoxiously upbeat and joyous than usual. The chill in the air, the anticipation of Halloween, spooky vibes, hot chocolate, cider and pumpkin treats, cozy socks and sweaters, crunchy leaves…and creepy, Gothic books! A great time, I tell you!

So here’s 25 books I plan to read within the next three months to make this wonderful time of the year even better!

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πŸ‚Autumn TBRπŸ‚


My autumn TBR is pretty big. It’s actually kind of ridiculous. But I think it’s all right because I’m considering autumn not only as all of October but as most of November too, so when you look at it that way I don’t think this amount of books is too much? I can always carry them into December too; these are just books I want to prioritize.

A lot of them are books I own physical copies of; I have a really terrible tendency to buy books and then, assured that I have all the time in the world to read them, never actually pick them up. So, I’m making it a point to read as many of the books I own as possible. Happily, a lot of them are the Gothic/Victorian reads I tend to think are perfect for Autumn!

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here the books I intend to read in autumn!


Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer: This book is the reason I was in such a rush to read the Picture of Dorian Gray, because it’s heavily inspired by it, only the main characters (Dorian and Lord Henry) are women (Dorina and Henrietta)! It’s set in Victorian England with a lady main character who fences and there’s demons. I’m in love with the cover and this plot so you can imagine how excited I am to read this.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell: I have heard so many good things about this book! I see it everywhere when people talk about historical/Gothic fiction, plus I hear this author’s second book is another Gothic thriller, so I’m excited to get into her work!

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin: I’m not even entirely sure what this book is about; all I know is it features two female main characters and takes place in Victorian London. And that cover is gorgeous. All I need to know, really. I’m doing a buddy read of this with Rachel sometime in October!


Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng: Aside from this book having the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen (it’s purple!), it’s supposed to be a Gothic tale set in England, but with faeries. That’s really all I know, but that’s all I need to know.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker: This is more on the historical fiction side than the Gothic side, and it’s Victorian London and…demons, I think? And there’s a “dashing” gentleman and “reclusive” gentleman and two sisters and supernatural stuff. Sounds good to me.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: This was actually part of my September TBR, but the entirety of my September TBR has been a complete disaster. I didn’t read as much on my vacation as I thought, so this has been pushed to October, which is fine; it’s probably better read in that month anyway.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: This actually takes place in Boston (something not set in England!) and is about a young girl in an asylum and then she joins a detective to help solve murders? I think?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: This is one of the two books for which I read The Island of Doctor Moreau! This book is about his daughter, Juliet. I don’t really know much, plot wise, and I keep getting this one confused with the McGinnis book. (They both have “mad” in the title and their covers are so similar!)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye: Literally this is the reason I made it a point to read Jane Eyre this year. I think this is about a young murderess who has read the novel Jane Eyre, not actually an AU Jane Eyre. I love the cover and the tagline and the writing seems really elegant.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: I haven’t read any du Maurier books since Rebecca, but I recently purchased this one! Unlike Rebecca, which is very summery, this is definitely very winter/autumn, as it takes place during winter on the Cornish coast, if I’m not mistaken. I enjoy du Maurier’s writing and atmosphere very much so I’m excited to get to this (and her other works, hopefully)!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, but in my Fulbright campus interview, one of the faculty recommended it as a Victorian novel that subverts Victorian norms, so it’s been moved up on my TBR. I’m not even clear on what it’s about; I think maybe it features a lady scientist? And I’ve heard good things about Sarah Perry’s writing.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: This book is a bit of an outlier. It’s a YA mystery based on Sherlock Holmes. I could technically read it at any time since I don’t think it’s particularly autumn-related, but something about murder-mystery-at-boarding-school screams autumn to me, so.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is where things start to get a little…shall we say…ambitious. I mean, would I like to read Dracula? Of course. Will I actually read Dracula? Who knows. I’d certainly like to, and I do want to read another classic before the year is out. And it’s not autumn without at least one vampire story. So I have three…

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I’ve read the summary of this book three times and I still have no idea what it’s about. Perhaps it’s for the best. I’ve heard it’s a really creepy vampire story, so that’s all I need. And I like Holly Black’s writing.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Most of you know I loved Moreno-Garcia’s book The Beautiful Ones. This is an entirely different animal, of course, but I’m certain I will love this one too. It takes place in Mexico City and features a descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, narco-vampire gangs, lady cops, and a garbage collector. It sounds fucking incredible.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: This is the sequel to a book I didn’t like very much, but I’ve heard this is much better than the first! It takes place in Romania and is all about Dracula, so, you know, it’s a perfect October read.

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland: I believe this also takes place in Victorian England and features a girl locked in an asylum and a lesbian relationship? At least I hope it features a lesbian relationship; I’m pretty sure the lesbian rep is the main reason I added this to my TBR in the first place.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber: Do I actually think I will manage to read an 800+ page historical fiction tome by the end of this year? Who knows. I watched the miniseries with Romola Garai a few years back and loved it, so I’d wanted to read the book for a while. Recently I found out it was Jen Campbell’s favorite book, so that moved it up my TBR – plus it takes place in Victorian England and it’s about prostitutes. It has my name written all over it.


What do you guys think? Impossible? Improbable? Have you read any of these books or do you plan to soon? Let me know!


Egypt Vacation (and September) TBR

I’m going to be in Egypt for the first two weeks of September! I’m super excited; I haven’t been in about two years. I will get to relax and visit family and the beach and the old bazaar, Khan al-Khalili. This is also my first year traveling with a Kindle, which should surely encourage me to read more than I normally do when traveling!

I don’t know how much time I’ll have in Egypt to read; I don’t really know if we’ll be busy or not. But, there are still two 10-hour plane rides to think about! Oddly enough, I find it difficult to read on planes; I get weirdly distracted. Therefore, for the plane, I have specifically picked out books that I am almost certain I will love, books that have rave reviews and will surely suck me in. For my time on the beach, I’ve picked some books that I think will fit the ~aesthetic~ of being on the beach, not necessarily light or fluffy reads. And then I have a few autumnal books for the rest of the month!


Plane Reads

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I don’t think I have heard a single negative thing said of this book. Nearly everyone I know has loved it, and Booktubers sing its praises. It’s said to be a beautiful love story, a tear-jerker, a page-turner, a kind-of thriller, a gorgeously spun tale that grips you from the first page and doesn’t let go. Sounds like exactly what I need for a lengthy plane ride!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab: I feel like I’m the last fantasy fan in existence who hasn’t read this book. You wanna talk about praise? People talk about this book like it’s God’s gift to literature. I’m always a tiny bit underwhelmed by Schwab’s novels, but not because they aren’t fantastic. It’s just that they are hyped so damn much that I always think I’m going to be reading something unimaginable and life-changing, and then it just turns out to be a really good book. So I’m trying to temper my expectations, but this seems to be one of the most beloved books she’s ever written. Also, I kind of waited this long to read it on purpose, so that the sequel would be nearly out by the time I finish, so that I don’t forget anything.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: I am SO HYPE for this book. I read Frankenstein specifically so that I could read this. White is so good at historical fiction. I read the first page of this and I already love the writing style. One of my qualms with Frankenstein was that we didn’t really get to see much of the women, so I’m so excited to have a book from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza!

Beach Reads

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I have also been purposely waiting to read this book until the sequel was near! I’ve been seeing so many fabulous reviews of it recently in particular, so I think it’s about time I get around to it. Plus I’m really in the mood for gorgeous writing and strange happenings.

The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews: I stumbled upon this Victorian romance completely by chance, as I was googling Victorian women’s fashion. The author has her own website where she talks about fashion and she has a nonfiction book coming out all about Victorian fashion! She seems like someone who would write a decent book. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and read more romance, plus I’ve been getting more and more obsessed with the Victorian era. It’s quite short, so hopefully it’ll be good!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: How old is this book? Am I the only person left who hasn’t read it? It’s hailed as the Thriller to End All Thrillers (in YA, at least), and I’m so curious to see what it’s about! I have somehow managed to avoid learning anything about this book, not even a cursory summary; I just know it’s a mind-twisting page-turner, which should be perfect for chilling in my hotel room at night.

Later That Month


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Yet another popular book I haven’t read! I’m planning on buddy reading this with Rachel, perhaps in late September? Again I know very little about this (something about a Welsh king??), but I’m looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: This book is precisely why this month I have endeavored to read so many classics. It is because the major characters in this book are all the female relatives of the male characters in popular classics – so Jekyll’s daughter, Moreau’s daughter, etc. I like Goss’s short fiction and have heard great things about this book. Plus it’s a Victorian novel!

Miserere, an Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock: IΒ  can’t even tell you how I found this weird, obscure book. Like, it’s so weird. It’s some type of medieval tale about a dude who abandons his lover in Hell to bring his sister back, but his sister is evil and doesn’t want to leave Hell. I have literally no idea what to expect from this book, but as I said, I’ve been trying to expand my horizons. That includes reading books that aren’t so popular or that seem just a bit weird; you never know when you might stumble upon a hidden gem!