What Should You Read This October?

My favorite October reads.

Credit: Andy Maldonado

October is usually a pretty nostalgic time for me. I love hearing the music from the high school band in the chilled air on a Saturday, and remembering Octobers past. The feeling of fall is a newness and release, something completely different and refreshing after the dizzying excitement of summer.

October is also a perfect month for reading. Blankets are bundle-able and candles can be lit. Nights start to be chilly, so going out after dark is a little less alluring.

To keep you company on those nights-in, here are a few of my favorite October reads (be warned: many of these are “children’s” stories. I told you October was nostalgic!).

The Thief of Always, Clive Barker

A creepy kids’ story complete with unnerving pen illustrations. The story of Mr. Hood’s Holiday House is fun, but with a touch of real darkness to it. Definitely the “scariest” book on this list.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

In the backdrop of fall and an ever-closer Halloween, this story of two boys and the the traveling dark carnival that comes to their town is festive, but also strange and uncanny in a way only Ray Bradbury could do it.

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is raised in a graveyard after the death of his family. I dare not say any more. This is one of my favorite books, and the setting itself is a enough to qualify it for an October read!

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

Fun rereads and school stories are two types of books I find irresistible in the fall. Harry Potter covers both of those qualifications. J.K. Rowling pays special attention to seasons throughout the whole series, so settling into a fall feeling is effortless under her guidance.

Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Cozy mysteries were made for chilly fall days. The Sherlock Holmes stories offer the best of the genre, and the added perk of their 19th century prose is as delicious as your favorite pumpkin-spiced anything.

And this year, I’ll be reading….

A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny

I’m being pretty unsubtle in my October read this year. This book has a chapter for each day in the month.

Happy reading!