I’ve got two beautiful books to live on for the month of October. I hadn’t heard of either before spotting them in the bookstore, so I’m going in without any preconceived notions about them.


A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry:

“How would you describe your condition?” I asked.

Isabel didn’t respond. Instead, her eyes landed on a wasp, possibly the same one that had been buzzing around my ear earlier. Isabel turned her chin slightly in its direction. She blew out as if extinguishing a candle flame.

For a split-second the wasp hovered in the air. Then it dropped dead to the ground.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Bake:

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katherine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest of poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsine, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Both of these books have elements that I think would be perfect for an October evening with my dog and a cup of apple cinnamon tea. A little bit creepy and touches of death: what better way to spend the scariest month of the year?

And if you’re looking for books to read this month, here are a few I’ve read that you might enjoy in the spirit of October:

9780552571302-the-accident-season-by-moira-fowley-doyleThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Short review: A family attempts to survive the month of October. (Read my full review of it here.)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Short reviewDeath narrates the story of 9-year-old Liesel Meminger during World War 2. (Read my full review of it here.)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Short Review: Jacob searches for a children’s home his grandfather stayed at as a kid and finds more than he bargained for. Complete with weird old photographs.

Have you got any book suggestions for October? Let me know in the comments below!