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Books to Take To a Haunted House | Spooky Book Recommendations

Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about some book recommendations that you could bring into a haunted house.

Now, I love doing these types of posts whenever Halloween is near. I read a lot of spooky books during this time of the year, and though some of them are flops, there are some I’ve adored and will forever recommend.

Today I’m going to talk about a few books, in case you’re looking for some different stories.

Without any further ado, let’s begin with my spooky recommendations!

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

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My thoughts: If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably know already how much I adore this series. I wanted to recommend the first one, because it was honestly the one that scared me the most. There’s a certain scene happening at a manor that scared the shit out of me, so I think it’d be a perfect companion to bring to a haunted house.

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

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Beyond the Black Door | A.M. Strickland

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My thoughts: Even though I had some issues with this book, I still wanted to recommend it because it had really interesting elements that are perfect if you’re looking for an atmospheric and eerie book but don’t want to get very scared. 

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Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom …

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The Tenth Girl | Sarah Faring

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My thoughts: Now, I have to say that I didn’t really enjoyed this book. I loved the first part, but really didn’t like the rest and the ending, but I think it’s quite a polarizing book that either you’re going to love or hate, so I still wanted to mention it, because it honestly had that spooky and dark setting, and the boarding school is haunted, so… maybe this’ll be for you.

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At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

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Night Film | Marisha Pessl

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My thoughts: If you’re looking for the perfect spooky book for this time of the year, look no further. This fucked up with my mind like no other book, and even though the ending was a bit underwhelming, I loved the rest of the story that I’m willing to look past that.

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On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror film director Stanislaus Cordova–a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

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Dark and Deepest Red | Anna-Marie McLemore

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My thoughts: Out of all of the books in this list, this one would be the lightest one, but I still wanted to recommend it in case you want something different to read, because honestly this is one of the most unique retellings I’ve ever read. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily spooky, but it’s very atmospheric and whimsical.

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Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin

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My thoughts: If you’re not a fan of scary stories, but want to get in the mood for Halloween, I think this would be a perfect pick. It’s so entertaining and fun, but it has those paranormal elements that I think give such a different vibe to the story.

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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

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Into the Drowning Deep | Mira Grant

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My thoughts: Even though this technically takes place in a ship in the ocean, it was absolutely fantastic and gave me the chills while I was reading. I adored how incredibly detailed it was, and I was at the edge of my seat anticipating what was going to happen, so I think if you’re looking for a creepy horror book, don’t look further.

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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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House of Salt and Sorrows | Erin A. Craig

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My thoughts: I think this gave me similar vibes to a haunted house, and that’s why I decided to added to this list. This takes place in a manor near the sea, and our main character sees her sisters’ ghosts, so I think it’s quite fitting.

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Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

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What books are you most looking forward to read this Halloween? Have you read any of these books or do you have them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Books to Take To a Haunted House | Spooky Book Recommendations”

  1. There are a lot of great books on this list! I agree with your analysis of The Tenth Girl, though. It seemed so promising at the beginning, then it just got weird. Haha.

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    1. I know, sadly😪. I thing it was a very polarizing book and you either love it or hate it, because I’ve seen many people really enjoyed the twist at the end, so I just wanted to still recommend it mostly because it sounded like the perfect book for fall🙂.

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  2. I want to read so many of these! The Diviners has been on my TBR forever, hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Once I’ve finished my library books and a couple of more recent books that I’ve brought I totally plan to treat myself to a copy of House Of Salt & Sorrows, it sounds amazing. Serpent & Dove is another that I’m definitely going to get and possibly The Tenth Girl. I love the sound of it but I’ve seen rather mixed things about it. I guess I’ll catch up a little then decide, maybe by then the library will have a copy.

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