5 Spine Chilling Book Recommendations

Fall is in full swing. The leaves are finally turning the most beautiful shades of red, orange, brown. The air is crisp. I just love fall and all its spooky magic. It’s spooky and spine-chilling magic.

Another perk of Fall is of course reading!

When fall rolls around my reading endeavors usually amp up a bit. You know fuzzy blankets, tea, and all that reading coziness.

It is not only my reading habits that change but also the material. October is the perfect month to start a spiritual or spooky read. Nothing too scary of course, a girl’s gotta sleep.

Check out these reads perfect for October or anytime you are looking for the perfect spin chilling novel. Cozy up with a cuppa and put on those fuzzy socks because it’s about to get creepy up in here.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

A few years ago it seemed that everyone was flying through this page-turner. Except me.

I was dragging my feet on reading it, for reasons unknown. However, I did finally commit a few weeks ago and… woah! I can finally understand what all the fuss is about. This is a sweat-inducing, heart thumping twister of a tale. I suggest reading or re-reading this thriller this October or anytime to get you in the perfectly panicked mood.

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

This is a perfectly dark read for you moms out there. Featuring school children, married life, and parenthood with a twist. Follow along with the stories of three beautiful ladies as the secrets and dramas of their lives unfold to us and each other. It includes abuse, secrets, plots, and MURDER!

This is a great read that is a little scary and very addicting. Perfect to get you in the cuddle up, hug your children and hide kind of mood.

Adventures of the Soul – James Van Praagh

Let’s get deep here for a minute. Adventures of the soul is a great read for the curious earth dweller. If you have ever wondered where we come from and where we go when we are not in this earthly realm then this is a perfectly ghostly and educational read for you.

James Van Praagh has been a medium researching the spirit world for over 30 years. So if this ghostly season has you in the spirit then perhaps this book is the perfect venture for you. Discover the unique makeup of the human soul, where it goes and get in touch with the mysteries of the unknown.

Classic Tales of Horror – Edgar Allen Poe

What is October without Edgar? I have a little bit of a love affair with Mr. Poe. Call me weird but… those eyes though.

Ever since the 7th grade when our English teacher dimmed the lights of the classroom and read to us The Tell-tale Heart I was obsessed. That story scared me to death. I didn’t sleep for weeks and as an adult re-reading his stories always captivates me the same way.

If you are looking for a classic spooky feeling then check out one of his books. Or read this one and have a little taste of everything.

Haunted Shores – Dale Jarvis

Dale Jarvis has written tonnes of ghost stories about Newfoundland.

Think about it St. John’s is the oldest city in Canada. That means people have been dying here longer than anywhere else. Think about all the ghosts here people! With a history that long there is no doubt there are hundreds of ghostly spirits haunting this province and its shores.

I would suggest reading any of Jarvis’s books. They are easy to read and rich with history and first-hand accounts.

If you are too spooked then don’t worry you can always read one short tale at a time.

There you have it five captivating reads perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit. Hey, it doesn’t need to be October in order to sit down and read something scary.

If you are looking for a thrilling read don’t limit yourself to the constraints of a calendar. Get unnerved anytime you like.



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  1. hhabeck | 18th Oct 17

    Such good recommendations! I actually haven’t read most of these, but I’m definitely interested now. Just don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep after, haha! xx


    • stephaniewp | 18th Oct 17

      Perfect to get you into the Halloween spirit 🙂

  2. lauren | 18th Oct 17

    I loved Girl on the Train and just recently started watching Big Little Lies on HBO. I’m tempted to stop and read the book first though, that/s my favorite thing to do. These all sounds so up my alley, I can’t wait to check them out!

    • stephaniewp | 18th Oct 17

      I still need to watch the girl on the train movie! I thought the HBO series of big little lies was really good and different from the book for sure!

  3. Jasmine Vargas | 18th Oct 17

    I have read “Big Little Lies” and I loved that book. I also loved the mini series on HBO. I haven’t read “The Girl on the Train” but I saw the movie. So now I want to read the book. I finished “The Good Girl” and loved that book. Now I’m reading “All the Missing Girls”.

    • stephaniewp | 19th Oct 17

      I didn’t see the girl on the train movie but the book was sooooo good! I read it in one weekend and was glued to it the whole time. Not many books are like that. Big little lies are not usually the type of book that I go for but I read it and then checked out the series so it was nice to see it as a series. Might have to check out those other books you mentioned!

  4. amindfultravellerblog | 19th Oct 17

    Love great recommendations as these. Thanks Stephanie. 🙂

  5. thenafranssen | 19th Oct 17

    Fun spooky recommendations for the holiday season. Grabbing one of these books with a cup of coffee sounds amazing.

  6. easternshorebrent | 19th Oct 17

    Excellent seasonal recommendations!

  7. Alix Maza | 19th Oct 17

    Love this! Anything from Stephen King scares the poo out of me haha.

    • stephaniewp | 20th Oct 17

      Yes! I have a book by him that I am going to read now. Can’t wait 🙂

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