Top Five Wednesday: Most Halloweenish Books on My TBR

Some of you may know that I am not the biggest fan a scary movie fan. I can’t even try to pretend that I enjoy them—and yes, I am that person who jumps and screams at the slightly jump scare. Even though I haven’t read a ton of them, I luckily have a better time reading horror or gothic/horror-esque thriller books. I’m also here to admit that I don’t have a ton of them on my TBR either, choosing to go down the mystery and spooky route instead.

With Halloween approaching, I wanted to do a holiday-themed evaluation of my TBR and talk about the most mysterious or scariest books on my TBR. The following books have something to do with mysteries, paranormal happenings, and darker themes & atmospheres.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I think I keep putting off reading Victoria Schwab’s The Archived in hopes that one day she’ll be able to publish the third book. True to Victoria Schwab, The Archived falls into the spooky/creepy category. I’ve heard that this is the quintessential Halloween read, as the main character’s job is to prevent the stories of the dead from wrecking havoc on the living.

Now Entering Adamsville by Francesca Zappia – I have much love for Francesca Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters and Made You Up, so I couldn’t be more excited to pick up her latest release, Now Entering Adamsville. The book screams mystery, as Zora must clear her name after being accused of starting a fire that results in a death. With the help of her cousin, Zora finds herself following ghost stories and uncovering a string of fires that left others in her Indianan town dead.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Another mystery-esque read, Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades has a darker, mysterious & fantastical setting. After her mother goes missing, Enne is forced to enter the City of Sin and a world of magic and violence.

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Channeling My Inner Taylor Swift | My 2017 Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween! I hope your Halloween season has been filled with candy, costumes, festive books and movies, and maybe a pumpkin-flavored treat or two! I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in the past years, but I’ve changed my ways this year by dressing up as Taylor Swift! I’ve loved Taylor Swift from her country days to her really evolving into pop music—I’m excited to see what Reputation will be like, since I’m obsessed with every song that has come out so far (I think “Gorgeous” has been my favorite). As much as Taylor Swift’s image has changed over the years, “You Belong With Me” T-Swift dressed in her Junior Jewels t-shirt will always be the Taylor I imagine.


So how did I come up with this costume? I’m involved in my school’s music appreciation organization and for my event for this semester, I had everyone create groupie T-shirts. I took mine up a notch by replicating Taylor’s Junior Jewels T-shirt. The names mostly come from her shirt in the “You Belong With Me” music video, but there are a few from the shirt in “Look What You Made Me Do”. I love homemade Halloween costumes so I had a really fun time creating this one and I’m hoping to maybe wear it again at a costume or cosplay event (if not, it’ll be a really comfy pajamas shirt!).


Are you dressing up for Halloween? Are you a Taylor Swift fan? Share in the comments!