Leaves slowly turning to orange and yellows, rainy mornings, cups of tea, cozy sweaters, pumpkins and spooky movies or books- this is what comes to my mind when I think about my beloved Autumn.
One of the best ways to spend an Autumn day, in my opinion, is burying yourself in a mountain of books while you sip on a hot cup of coffee and the rain patters down on your window. The Halloween month of October is here and I have picked up a few interesting reads that I'd like to share with you (+ added more book recommendations for my favorite month of the year).
Maybe you like the bright, colorful, happy Fall with pumpkins, apples, candles, and great food, or maybe you prefer the dreary, dark, creepy Autumn with overcast and rainy skies, scary forests and Halloween- either way I'm sure you will find a book here that will make this season a bit more magical than it already is. So go get yourself a slice of pumpkin pie, some tea and immerse yourself into a world of cozy spookiness.
BOOKS THAT I'M READING THIS OCTOBER
Samhain: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Halloween by Diana Rajchel- This October is all about witchcraft for me and this is the first book I decided to read. It's basically a guide on how to celebrate Samhain. It's an easy read that puts you in the Halloween mood right from the first page and even if you are not Wiccan or interested in the Craft, I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves Halloween and would like to get more insight into the history or get new ideas on how to celebrate it this year.
The Good Witch's Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell- Another book about Witchcraft. This one was written by a professor of the NY School of Occult Arts and by a practicing witch for over 15 years, and it is not only aesthetically pleasing but also very informative. If you're planning on casting spells or doing a ritual on this Halloween, this book will teach you everything you need to know.
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham- Supposedly one of the best books about Wicca out there. A must-read if you want to learn more about the religion.
The October Country by Ray Bradbury- “That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.” The perfect Autumnal book. If you're not reading Ray Bradbury's peculiar short story collection every October, you're not truly living.
BOOKS THAT I RECOMMEND READING THIS OCTOBER
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling- an Autumn classic. Escape to Hogwarts, with witches and wizards and potions and spells.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury- Almost any book by Ray Bradbury is a great Fall read, but this is definitely one of the best ones.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman- The perfect Halloween read. Cute, spooky, eerie and beautifully written.
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe- A classic of the Horror Literature. Love to read this on stormy autumnal nights. Also, "The Black Cat" is one of my favorite horror stories ever.
The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguié- An urban fantasy meets horror fiction novel set in Salem involving murders and a coven of witches. It is the first part of the The Witch Hunt Series, which is one of my favorite book series.
'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson- The original haunted house story. Creepy, easy-to-read classic horror novel.
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson- Another haunted house novel if the previous one wasn't enough. Oh, and this one is claimed to be based on a true story.
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween- An anthology of Halloween-themed horror stories written by various authors.
It by Stephen King- One of my favorite Stephen King books. But honestly, any of his horror novels would be a really good read for the month of October.
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