The Top 25 Book Recs to Read in October (from within the Pretty Literate Community)

Whether it be Mysteries, Thrillers & Chillers, Creepy Classics, or downright jump scare-worthy books, we have been sharing our favorite October-y feeling novels in the Pretty Literate Community lately.

If you're in-between books (or looking for a last-minute thrill to get you in the mood for October 31), check out The Top 25 Book Recs to Read in October from within the Pretty Literate Community.


25. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

24. The Alienist by Caleb Carr (and the sequel...)

23. The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr 

22. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

21. Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon


20. Blackout (the first book in the Ari Thor series) by Ragnar Jónasson 

19. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories by Roald Dahl 

18. The Birds by Daphne du Maurier

17. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

16. She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard

15. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

14. I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

13. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen


12. Pretty Baby: A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense by Mary Kubica


11. Disturbed by Kevin O'Brien

10. Verity by Colleen Hoover


9. The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich

8. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

7. The Pit & the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe

6. Carrie by Stephen King


5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

2. Watchers by Dean Koontz

1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Hearty thanks to everyone that shared their favorite October titles on our social sites! You contributed to the creation of quite an eclectic list! 

Want to add your own title(s)? Share your favorites in the comments below.

And while you're here, why not check out the title we're reading this month in The Classics Community. Just click here.




1 comment

  • What a great list! I was especially intrigued to see a title by Robert McKammon , “Speaks the Nightbird”; I read a post-apocalyptic novel by that author and although much of it read like King’s “The Stand” there was a wonderful twist that has stayed in my mind. I will definitely be adding this suggestion to my TBR list. I have read several of those titles listed and have enjoyed each one. I am reading one of the suggestions now (I Invited Her In) and downloading Roald Dahl’s collection too. As always, PL readers’ suggestions are a great resource for new reading material.

    Lynda A

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