Spooky Book Recommendations for Scaredy Cats

spooky books for scaredy cats

Do you want to participate with everyone in reading spookier reads during the October month, but are a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to horror? Don’t worry I got you! There are still tons of books for you out there! Lots of my friends fit into this category and have to get a little more creative during the Halloween month, so they can play along with the reading challenges as well. I’ve broken this list down into genres – there is really something for everyone and the best part – none of it is too scary!



Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Lots of crazy violent death in this one, it’s not scary but it’s is violent.  Criminals convicted of murder are now having their executions aired live for the world to see.  Of course, they have to get creative with how they are killing them – it’s entertainment afterall 😉

Follow Me Back by A.G. Geiger
Honestly, this book starts off pretty basic, nothing special.  It’s not bad, but it’s just a quick little, fun read.  Then you hit the end and WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL?!?!? My rating went up right there.  It’s quick and fun and messed up.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Any Kara Thomas could really be recommended here, I’m a big fan of her stuff but this book is my favorite of hers so far.  It’s actually inspired by a very messed up true crime case (don’t look it up until you’ve read the story!).

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
Insane fun! Crazy conspiracies, mistaken identities, terrorists,  and one young man stuck in the middle of it all.  You need to pick this one up – it’s a flipping ride and a half!
My Non-Spoiler Review

Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
If you like a good supernatural mystery than this is the one for you.  It’s really unique, has some amazing LGBT+ rep in it and will keep you on your toes till the end.
My Non-Spoiler Review 



The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Wicked Deep is all about the atmosphere.  You have a small town, a dark legend tradition and some witches that come yearly.  Beautiful and dark book.  Perfect for fall.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Libraries! This one is all about if libraries were alive and it gets very dark, very quickly.  Did I mention there is also a demon named Silas that might be the best character this year in books?
My Non-Spoiler Review 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
You can’t go wrong with Schwab in the fall and This Savage Song is probably her darkest work.  There are three types of monsters in this world, living side by side with humans.  All of them can take your life in a moment, and most of them won’t think twice about it.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Does it get any better than necromancers and the dead walking among us? I think not! Another dark fantasy with a fantastic cast of characters and some great LGBT+ rep as well.

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
You’ve liked heard the hype on this one and I’m 100% behind it.  One of my favorite books this year so far and it’s dark as hell.  Ancient gods, blood magic, war – this one is heavy and will make you question everyone and everything in this book.  If you still haven’t read this one yet, get on it!

Science Fiction


The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Don’t let the format or page count intimidate you! You will fly through this one.  The format actually makes the book go much faster.  Illumuniae Files is what got me into Sci-Fi.  It’s fast-paced, lots of twists and turns and an amazing protagonist.

Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Imagine being the only one left on your ship heading to another planet, that is exactly what this book is about.  Talk about ISOLATING! Our girl suddenly starts getting messages from a young man who says he has been sent to help, but is he really who he says he is? This is one of the most claustrophobic reads, and I flew through it because I had to know…

Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Crazy experiment gone wrong gets a handful of teens stuck in dreamland where they have to face their worst fears.  Problem is, if you die in your dream – you’re really a goner.  It took me a little bit to get into this one, but once I did – it was a fun and weird ride.

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
This is VERY underrated and it needs to be read by more people! You have a prison in space, some freaky teens with some crazy powers, conspiracies, and did I mention some scary ass creatures running around killing people? This book gets intense and it never really lets up! Great fun!

Historical Fiction


Jackaby by William Ritter
Sort of a Sherlock Holmes hunting supernatural beings type of story.  The Watson type character is a intelligent and fierce young woman though, such an amazing character.  Jackaby has the right balance of spook and mystery to keep you turning those pages.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
You’ve all heard of this book by now, I would assume.  It’s everywhere and for good reason.  Stalking Jack the Ripper is a little bit gruesome, a little bit spooky and a hell of a lot of mystery.  Great characters and lots of amazing banter.

This Dark Endeavor ( The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein) by Kenneth Oppel
Ok, this is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, it’s very Gothic teen drama but I think it’s really fun.  I’ve read it more than once.  You have twin brothers that are in love with the same girl, but one of them is having a lot very dark thoughts and willing to go much further in his pursuit.

Have you read any of these or are any on your TBR? Can you think of any others that might be good for this list?











17 thoughts on “Spooky Book Recommendations for Scaredy Cats

  1. Hahahah!! It seems like this post was made for meeee!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 LOVED ALLLLLL OF YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS, Melanie!! 😍😍❤️❤️ And I couldn’t be happier since you included Jay Kristoff as welllll!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVED THIS POST! ❤️❤️

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    1. haha well I had to throw some love to the people that hide under the bed when the idea of horror gets brought up LOL Which is honestly like most of my friends! I’m glad you could get something out of this post and I mean, of course, I listed Jay – he’s Jay!

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  2. These are all great recommendations! I’ve noted down a lot of them so I should be kept quite busy 🙂 And I definitely agree that Stalking Jack the Ripper is perfect for this time of year 😀

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  3. This list was obviously just for me, right? xD Because I’m a big baby and don’t like things *too* scary. I really want to read Missing, Presumed Dead! It sounds so good.

    Honestly, a lot of these books are on my TBR, so I’m excited to hear that you enjoyed them! Illuminae was sooo good. And I can’t wait to read Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods. :3


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