Happy haunts to you, my friend and welcome to my first ever TBR! As you might know, I fell back in love with reading over the summer and I wanted to make sure that I continue to read as often as possible. So today I’m going to share with you the six spooky-ish books that I’m looking forward to reading this autumn!
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI Elite Serial Crime Unit
by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker
He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray – for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds. He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’s thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after twenty-five years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.
Is there a better time of year to settle down with some true-crime? I don’t think so! I have to confess that I’ve been putting off reading this book for a long time. Almost a decade in fact. I picked up a copy circa 2012 while at the peak of my Criminal Minds obsession and then never got around to reading it. But since I’ve been putting off watching the Netflix series, I really need to get a move on!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
I can’t help but love everything about the wizarding world so it kills me that I still haven’t gotten around to reading (or seeing) the Cursed Child yet! But hey, there’s no time like the present and I truly believe that autumn is the most magical time of the year!
by Jess Rothenberg
Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.
Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.
Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human.
A book about a dystopian Disneyland? Uh, yes please. Despite only recently discovering this book, it’s already shot right to the top of my must-read list. I’m just too excited to read it!
The Mist in the Mirror
by Susan Hill
One dark and rainy night, Sir James Monmouth returns to London after years spent travelling alone.
Intent on uncovering the secrets of his childhood hero, the mysterious Conrad Vane, he begins to investigate Vane’s life, but he finds himself warned off at every turn.
Before long he realises he is being followed too. A pale, thin boy is haunting his every step but every time he tries to confront the boy he disappears. And what of the chilling scream and desperate sobbing only he can hear?
His quest leads him eventually to the old lady of Kittiscar Hall, where he discovers something far more terrible at work than he could ever have imagined.
Susan Hill is one of my favourite contemporary gothic authors. She pretty much guarantees chills and thrills. I was introduced to Hill’s work during my A-levels when we studied The Woman in Black and I’ve since read several of her scary novels and short stories. No matter what, I’m always left wanting more.
Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel
by A.W. Jantha
Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.
Who else is dying to see the return of the Sanderson sisters? I know I am! I don’t know about you but nothing says Halloween to me quite like watching Hocus Pocus. If you have no idea what I’m talking about – it’s an iconic Disney live action movie about a teenaged boy who moves to Salem in the early 90’s and brings a coven of witches back from the grave. Yikes! Anyway… now that I’ve finally gotten a copy of this book, I’m dying to get stuck in!
by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Charlie Laird has several problems:
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is not a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.
This was actually a spontaneous “ooh that looks good” purchase in a book shop a few years back that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. (Notice a theme?) It’s a children’s book that sounds pretty darn scary. I’m hoping to read this as close to Halloween as possible… but I might have transformed into a Bridezilla by then so we shall see!