15 Gothic Novels & Historical Mysteries Perfect For Halloween

Monday, October 26, 2020

Happy Monday, bookworms! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Halloween is this coming weekend. Although Halloween wasn't a holiday we celebrated back home, it's always been one I've enjoyed since I moved to the US. I'm sure it's going to look very different for everyone this year with COVID-19, but I hope you still have something spooky (but safe for yourself and those around you) planned. If not, maybe you can read some spooky books? Don't know where to start? Don't worry - I've got you covered!

When I was trying to decide what genre of books I should feature in this list, I initially thought of paranormal. However, there are lots of wonderful posts created by other bloggers such as Nini at Playita Reads and Sabrina at Wordy & Whimsical. Both of these posts feature spooky books for each paranormal creature. Mishma at Chasing Faerytales also shared a guest post written by CW with a list of 6 Asian Spooky Ghost Reads. Then I thought I'd do a post with not-so-spooky-books that would still be perfect for Halloween, but Danielle at Fresh Fiction beat me to it with her fabulous post. 

Ultimately, I decided to go with two genres of books that I personally love reading around this time of year: gothic novels and historical mysteries. I was quite surprised at how few gothic novels I had read, especially adult ones. I think it's a subgenre with a ton of potential and I would especially love to see more authors of color write some gothic novels a la Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier. I also picked a few historical mysteries because they are atmospheric, which is perfect for Halloween if you ask me.

My hope is that you guys find something to add to your own TBRs. If you have any recommendations for me and for my blog readers, be sure to drop them in the comments below. 

Without further ado, let's check out my list. 

Disclaimer: I haven't read three of these titles (The Dark Days Club // The Year of the Witching // Where Dreams Descend) but they have come highly recommended from fellow readers.

Have you read any of the books featured in this post?
What kinds of books do you like to read during the spooky season?
Let me know in the comments below!

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