There’s more to Halloween than stocking up on the miniatures of your favorite chocolate candies, drinking Pinterest-worthy witch’s brew, and finding the perfect costume to coordinate with your squad. Personally, I’ve always been a little less interested in the partying aspect of All Hallows' Eve — though, don’t get me wrong, playing dress-up is my jam — and more inclined to celebrate the holiday curled up in the corner of my sofa with a scary book and a cup of tea. This year especially, there are just so many good books to read for Halloween 2018 that my to-be-read (TBR) list is overflowing. Realistically, I won’t have time to hop from one haunted attraction to the next, re-watch all of my favorite horror films, and check every book off my Halloween bucket list, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to try my best.
Up until a few months ago, any book recommendation I received was always from my older sisters, mother, or best friends. But then I stumbled upon this magical digital realm known as BookTube, and my bookshelf (not to mention my bank account) has never been the same. BookTube, for those of you who don’t know, is essentially just a bunch of channels on YouTube dedicated to all things novels, novellas, short stories, and literary reviews. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of fitness and beauty influencers who record videos to talk about the products they love and loathe, but one day, I started to wonder if book reviews were big on the platform, too. As far as I was concerned, Goodreads was my go-to for any and all things bookish, and while I still absolutely adore Goodreads to document my own ratings and hold myself accountable to meet my reading goals, BookTube is unlike anything I’ve ever come across.
The BookTube community is not only welcoming, it’s also really inspiring and motivating because, let me tell you, without a teacher assigning me something to read, I definitely fell off the literary bandwagon after college. These days, however, all I want to do is lose myself in a book, so when these online personalities started to combine literature with my favorite season and holiday in their recommendations, rest assured, these channels had my unwavering attention.
If you, too, love everything All Hallows' Eve, and are interested in picking up a spooky story this season, here are a few BookTube-recommended titles for the occasion.