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Spooktacular October! Recommendations from Christina Obel

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Fall is my favorite season! I love the crispness in the air and the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. But most of all I love more excuses to cozy up with a good book. Here are my favorite fall picks for October:

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Part mystery, part ghost story. 1982 upstate, New York. Viv is working as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel when she  mysteriously disappears. Present day, spurred by curiosity about the aunt she never knew and her disappearance, Carly takes a job as the new night clerk at the Sun Down Motel only to  discover she is not the only one who is haunted by what happened there and she is not alone. A perfect spooky read for October.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” This opening line hooked me from the start and quickly made The Night Circus one of my favorite books of all time! The reader is enveloped in a cozy fall atmosphere and the rest is magic. Perfect for readers who want to enjoy the enchantment of Halloween without being frightened.

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The Magic Series by Alice Hoffman

Halloween is the witching season and no one does witch fiction better than Alice Hoffman! These are a trilogy, but can be read in any order. If you like a hint of magic, strong-willed women and a lot of love, these witches will do the trick. Magic Lessons will be released on October 6th, 2020.

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The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

Magic with a little more grit, The Diviners, set in 1920’s New York, follows people with extraordinary abilities fighting against dark powers. January LaVoy narrates the entire series. Her stunning voice acting ability is truly worth the long listen. Available on Over Drive.

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Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

This book is one of the most terrifying novels I have ever read, yet I could not put it down! Wen and her dads,   Andrew and Eric, are on family vacation at an isolated cabin in New Hampshire. They are enjoying quiet, peaceful family time until four strangers arrive to unleash their worst nightmares.

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Florence and Giles by John Harding

There is something inherently creepy about the distorted reality of children, particularly if that child thinks their home, a crumbling gothic mansion, is haunted by the spirit of their dead  governess who wishes to do them harm. Readers are left to decided if ghosts are real or something much more sinister is at play. Available on RB Digital (OverDrive after Oct. 14th) and Hoopla.

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

A wicked storm, four stranded strangers and an isolated rest stop. An irritating, but not terrifying situation until stranded motorist, Darby Thorne, finds a child locked in a cage in one of the vehicles. What happens next is a nail biting, anxiety ridden train wreck you won’t be able to look away from. I read this book in one sitting and my heart was racing the entire time.

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What are some of your favorite spooky reads? Please leave a comment and share in the fun of the spooky season. Don’t forget to join our Spooktacular Reading Challenge happening on now on Beanstack!