October is by far the creepiest month of the year. And, Halloween plays only a little part to that. People are often blinded by this fact; too engrossed in apple picking, pumpkin latte drinking, and leaf peeping activities to realize just how ominous October is. The gorgeous leaves in their harvest hues- is just nature dying and submitting to winter. The warm days fade away and we are left with nips and chills in the other. The nights become longer and heavy fog rolls in. And, the October sunsets always seem a little unnaturally red…
Now that being said, I love October. One, the clothes are to die for- boots, light jackets, subtle plaid accents… adorbs! And, the sounds of summer- summer traffic, summer pool parties, summer kids out of school playing summer games, all fade away and you’re left with calm and quiet. And, what better things to do when the nights get cold and dark, the world goes silent, except for the sound of squeaky doors and footsteps on crisp leaves, then to grab a blanket and tea and curl up with a book that will make you want to fall asleep with the lights on.
Below is a list of books I recommend for October.
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
If it isn’t bad a enough that a Pilot is haunted by his past after a tragic plane accident, he and his family then move to a peculiar town, with odd residents, and a terribly creepy house. This book is probably the reason my cellar scares me.
The Sister by Poppy Adams
This book features a crumbling Victorian home. Two Sisters who couldn’t be more different. A past and secrets that should probably have been left alone. And, moths. I read this book a few years ago and while I don’t remember every detail. I remember the character Ginny and her very complicated mind. She’s one of those characters that will stay with you even if you wish they wouldn’t.
Her Fearful Symmetry Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
This book is by the same author as The Time Traveler’s Wife, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s about twin girls that move to London to live in their aunt’s apartment after her death. Twins are easy characters to make creepy (The Shining, anyone?) and this is no exception. Not to mention it takes place near the real and beautifully haunted Highgate Cemetery.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I read Dark Places before Gone Girl was even published. Personally, I liked Dark Places better. One night in a tiny town in Kansas a mother and her two daughters are killed. The youngest daughter is found mostly intact and alive having escaped the slaughter, and her brother is sent to jail as the murderer. Years and years later that little girl, now an adult starts digging into what happened that night to find that things may not be as she remembered. The movie for this was released July 29 and will be on DVD October 6th. So read the book fast and then watch the movie.
Anyways, these are my recommendations for October. However because I’ve already read these I’ll be reading something new.
The Winter People by Jennifer Mcmahon
In 1908 a Mother and Daughter tragically die. Now in the present a Mother and her two daughters live off the grid in the same farmhouse. One day the mother vanishes. And, the older daughter finds the diary of the mother from 1908. Death, Haunted Houses, visits from the past? Check, check, check. I should probably go plug in my nightlight now.
And, because I am a huge Audio Book fan I think I’ll give this one a go.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Kate, a single mom recieves a call from her Daughter’s Amelia private school saying she’s suspended. When Kate goes to pick her up she arrives to find the Amelia has committed suicide, by jumping off the school’s roof. Devastated Kate receives a text message “Amelia didn’t jump”. This seems like the perfect audio mystery. Hopefully, if my car breaks down on the side of the road in the dead of night, AAA won’t find me crying and clinging to my steering wheel.
So what about you? What will you be reading on these October eves?