My second favourite holiday is fast approaching, the streets look like true movie sets awaiting trick-or-treat-ers and since this is a BOOK blog I thought maybe I should be a responsible smol booklizard for once and give ya’ll some spooky reads recommendations to munch on this weekend.

(or you can munch on chocolate like a monster both options are truly nutritious snacks) 

  AND since I spend all my free time on Pinterest making aesthetics for most books I read I thought I would include them here for atmospheric purposes. I hope you like them!!

(Isla @A Whisper of Ink actually did something similar in her latest post and it was amazing, she’s amazing but what else is new under the sun, check out her blog because omg the amazingness)

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A Monster Calls

Why read it?

  • It’s about a sad boy that I just want to wrap in a warm blanket and bake cookies for and adopt because my smol tragic baby just needs love and happiness
  • It has a bad monster that I also love because it’s a tree and it tells stories (and I relate so hard look at me being a dramatic monstrous tree)
  • IT MADE ME CRY OK EXCUSE ME BUT I THINK I HAVE A FEELING IN MY EYE and maybe some tears

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Why read it?

  • It has some pretty creepy pictures and you’ll sure want to turn this book around at night because the cover is staring at you from the shelf and excuse me but who gave it permission #rude
  • It has such a cool time travel concept
  • Because it’s better than the movie and you should read it just so you could brag to other humans and also to express your loathing for adaptations

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Why read it?

  • It has food and coffee descriptions and I AM IN LOVE. I don’t want incredibly hot dudes I just want some salty eggs on toast and a good cappuccino.
  • The writing is simply gorgeous it reminded me of We were Liars meets The Raven Boys
  • (sadly the plot was only half as good as either of those but nobody is perfect not even books)
  • (ok maybe books)
  • IT HAS A MISLEADING TITLE OK where was the devil? Was he under a carpet hiding from the world?? I don’t know mate.

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Stalking Jack the Rieper

Why read it?

  • Murderrrr Johnnnn!!
  • Also it takes place in London so it’s obviously already great
  • HAHAHA me intrigued by serial killers?? No hahaha it’s not like I search paranormal stuff on Wikipedia in the middle of the night haha WHAT ARE YOU ACCUSING ME OF HERE SUSAN

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The Raven Boys

Why read it?

  • Why WOULDN’T YOU READ IT??
  • (I’ve waited since the begging of the post to make that joke HA)
  • No but seriously if you aren’t reading this what are you doing with your life??
  • Did people not shout enough at you to make you pick this up?? I even think cake bribing went into it.
  • It has ghosts and psychics and strangeness and friendships and no matter how much I explain this book you’ll still be surprised when you actually read it.
  • But did cake bribing SERIOUSLY not work for you? Because i’s a pretty convincing tactic if you ask me.

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Anya’s Ghost

Why read it?

This one’s a graphic novel and THE ART IS GORGEOUS TOO LOOK:

  • Because GHOSTS!!!
  • I really REALLY love ghosts. They are smol cookies full of potential tragic backstory and current angst and suffering.
  • And I just related so so hard to the main character (except the main character had a crush…which never happenes to unfeeling lizards like myself ok I only fall in love with my bookshelves when the rainbow is perfect)

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What about YOU? Do YOU have some spooky recommendations?? Have you read any of those on the list and what did you think of them? Favourite snack to munch on for Halloween?

 

LET ME KNOW! ‘Till next time.

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29 thoughts on “BOOKS and SPOOKS! // Aesthetics and Halloween Book Recommendations

  1. AHHHH!!! Such a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S post!!! I think I am in LOOOOOVEEE!!! ❤ ❤
    I have been meaning to read A Monster Calls and Peculiar Children for quite some time now. I think THIS IS MY FINAL CUE TO GET OFF MY LAZY ASS AND ACTUALLY START READING IT. xD xD
    Oh and The Raven Boys and Anya’s Ghost sound intriguing too. Hmmmm…I think ALL OF THESE BOOKS ARE GOING ON MY TBR SHELF RIGHT FUCKING NOWWW!!!! ;p ❤ ❤
    Great post, as always, Iona. ❤

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    1. I HAVE NOW FOUND YOUR INCREDIBLE COMMENTS AND RELEASED THEM!! They can now seeee the lightttt!! Why is WP like this you are my friend not spaaaam :(!! (Also sorry it took this long I DIDN’T EVEN THINK TO CHECK THERE I DIDN’T GET NOTIFS NADA this is horrible!!)

      Thank youu ❤❤!! A Monster Calls is gorgeous and TERRIBLY UNDERHYPED it’s one of my all time favourite books!! Aghhhh I’m glad I’m contributing to your monstrous TBR pile!

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  2. OMG YOUR AESTHETIC FOR A MONSTER CALLS IS TOO GOOD HOWW?? I feel so ashamed of my one now XD. I LOVED A MONSTER CALLS THOUGH? I cried SO. FREAKING. MUCH. I didn’t like Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children too much! THE FIRST HALF WAS CREEPY but then IT REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME. All these wasted Halloween vibeeess. DId you enjoy it? I haven’t heard of BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA BUT I SHALL LOOK INTO IT. The Raven BOYYYYSS. I still haven’t finished the series?!!?!?!?!?! AGHH SO EXCITED TO READ BLUE LILLY BLUE. Basically, I LOVE THE AESTHETICSSSS ❤ ALL THE LOVE FOR THEM OKAY!!!

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    1. Miss Peregrine was a 3 star read for me…it was ok??…just…meh?? I do know a lot of real life people that loved it and they love horror movies so I thought I should put it on here (I also had that aestethic made and I couldn’t waste the oportunity because LOOK HOW PRETTYYYY)
      Haha The Raven Cycle….it’s not like I’ve been stuck at the second book for the past…3 months now…I’m not procrastinating pfttt…ahem.
      Thank you so so muuuch!! I’m glad you liked them ❤!!

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      1. SAME 3 stars for me too! It was just a ‘meh’ book for me and it HAD SO MUCH CREEPY POTENTIAL??! Aghh, I LOVE THE AESTHETIC THOUGH, too pretty! An Actually REALLY creepy and perfect book IS THE ACCIDENT SEASON. Omggg you must read it!! HAHA, if you finish the second book, I’m always up to buddy reading the third one IF YOU WANT OFC. *threatens with knives* HAHA NOTHING GOING ON HERE

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      2. Well I am actually currently reading Spell Book of the Lost and Found by the same author and I’m enjoying it so far so WE SHALL SEE!!
        Also pls don’t kill me with those knives you could do more productive things like cutting yourself a nice piece of chocolate cake how about that yes 😂??

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      3. Aghh, I liked Spellbook? BUt It WASN’T AS CREEPY AND FUN AND AMAZING AND PERFECT AS The accident season SO NOW I AM SAD because you won’t get THE BEST FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE AUTHOR :((((((((((((((((((((((( AHH YES CHOCOLATE CAKE? How could I forget

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      4. It’s probably better that I’m reading the ok-ish book first because I won’t be dissaponited if I read it AFTER!! (It was on my TBR and I saw it in the bookstore and thought WITCHES!! so I bought it…I’m not the best at controlling my book buying impulses when it comes to fricken witches) BUT!! I shall look out for The Accident Season and I’ll definitely buy it soon…ish? *whenever my next bookhaul is HOPEFULLY SOON I need so many books

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  3. Oh gosh, I love your aesthetics so much! And your graphics, overall, are just so cute and clean and so ADORABLY SPOOKY I CAN’T. Plus, the color palette! THE COLOR PALETTE. I love it, love it, love it ❤ ❤
    I think it's a bit late for me to dive into these before Halloween but I'll surely want to read them soon! As for recs of my own, I guess I could recommend the ones I've reviewed so far for my Halloween Reviews? The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Those were pretty great!
    Finally, can I say that I always end up ROFLing all over your post? Because I do.
    AMAZING post, Iona 😀

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    1. Thank you so so much ❤! I’m glad you like the graphics!! I’m pretty sad that October is over and I can’t use them anymore actually. Also thank you for all the compliments on the aestethics! Glad to know spending my time on Pinterest pays off!
      Oh I’ve been reading and loving all of your Halloween Reviews this month! They are so funny and amazing. I’ll surely check the books out next time I want a spooky read.
      You can always tell me how much you ROFL over my posts it makes my day ❤!

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  4. bkrehg kjr gar OMG THE MONSTER CALLS AESTHETIC!! WGBREKJGBREKH AND OMG YOU MENTIONED THE RAVEN BOYS 100 100 1000 WHERE ARE EMOJIS WHEN YOU NEED THEM???

    All you aesthetics are brilliant!! thbreubhrue I LOVE THEM. Can gkebhirubhreubgruege can you just give me the aesthetic talent pls BVIVGEBG bc mine always fail.

    Also.. . so I still need to read like. . . most of these books, but Between the devil and the deep blue sea sounds, and looks, REALLY INTRIGUING!!!

    Great post!!

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    1. Emojis always seem to fail me whenever I need them most. Caps Lock does the job of conveying “asdfghjkl” well enough!!!
      OMG THANK YOUUUUU!!! YOU’RE SO NICEE??? I really didn’t think people would like those as much as they do?? Believe me: Aestethic talent = hours of procrastination!! My best motivation: math homework. That usually inspires me greatly for some reason. I’ll finish NaNo while procrastinating for that one.
      Beware that Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea has absolutley no devil and is just some weird romance. But the writing and atmosphere are incredibly gorgeous.
      ARGHH THANK YOUUU!!!!

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      1. Yessss!!! HALF MY MESSAGES ARE IN CAPPPPSSS.

        aww you’re welcomeeeeee xx THEY’RE GORGEOUSSSSS!! ahahahah MATHS jbnkbdgjbdjgb I hate itttttt. HAHAHA that’s how I get all my blogging done: PROCRASTINATION OF SCHOOL WORK.

        No devil??? not even a reference???? STRANGE. STILL SOUNDS COOL THOOO!! KHREBGKHERVY.

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