yay a top 5 for when you don’t know what to write about but you really want to !!! halloween is one of my favorite times of the year even though i don’t usually do anything (and trick or treating isn’t really a thing where i live). here are five halloween-ish reads for when you wanna cuddle under a blanket with a hot cocoa and a book. psa : none of these are really scary, they’re just books i enjoy reading around that time of the year !

  1. frankenstein by mary shelley

this probably gets recommended to everyone for halloween, and rightfully so. frankenstein is a great book, discussing a lot of different themes (monsters, humans, aren’t they the same ?, giving life, responsibility, consequences). the atmosphere is enticing and dark and mary shelley’s writing style is unique and lyrical. this is definitely a book that will stick with you (and if you don’t like reading “classics”, i would say it doesn’t actually read like a classic)

2. dr. jekyll and mr. hyde by robert louis stevenson

it is about a london lawyer named john gabriel utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, dr henry jekyll, and the evil edward hyde. i don’t know what to say about this one, read it it’s really good.

3. the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde

probably made it into my top 5 favorite books to ever be written. this is a book some people DO NOT like at all and that can be understandable. yet, the picture of dorian gray is one of the Most atmospheric, beautifully written book to be written. dorian gray is basically an emo little shit that turns into somewhat of a monster. much like frankenstein, what i love most about it is the fact that it sticks with you once you’re done and gives you that “huh” feeling.

4. the darkest part of the forest by holly black

again, not a “scary” read but this book gives me halloween vibes and there’s nothing i can do about it. it’s about the forest, and fairies and knights and about subverting genre expectations (much like elise @ thebookishactress said in her brilliant review, read here)

5. (i really didn’t wanna say harry potter or six of crows so) macbeth by shakespeare

if you’re into plays (and even if you’re not), macbeth is SUCH a good halloween read. it’s got murder and craziness (@ lady macbeth : ily), revenge, witches, prophecy and bloodshed. it’s simply put That Bitch (shakespeare would be proud)

what are your favorite books to read during october/halloween times ?