5 Atmospheric Books to Read in October for All Moods

Hi everyone! It’s already almost October which means it’s already fall in the northern hemisphere and we’re all gearing up for some halloween festivities! 👻 I always look for some ~atmospheric~ reads during this time of the year- it doesn’t have to be spooky or dark academia, it can be something comforting to curl up during the colder (rainy here) days.

A lot of us might already have planned TBR for October, but if you’re looking for some books to read worry not because today I’m going to recommend some really atmospheric books that is just perfect for the fall/hallowen season! I decided to divide the books based on age groups since my reading tastes have varied widely lately.

Let’s jump right in!

If You’re Looking for Something Comforting and Fairytale-esque…

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“Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest…”

Please read The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill! If I have to describe it in three words, it would be magical, warm, and comforting. It’s a fantasy book where a witch accidentally feed a baby with moonlight instead of milk, giving her magical powers, and taking care of her together with other magical creatures in the forest. It reads like a fairytale with witches, swamp monster, dragons and townspeople fearing the witch- I really enjoyed reading this book!

If You’re Looking for Something Terrifying…


“Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?”

The Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall is the book to read. I keep recommending this book because this is the scariest book I’ve ever read. There’s just a lot of suspense and unease, even from the first page. As the story goes further this unease develops into something much more sinister and all the teens being trapped in this otherworldly realm with no escape. I had to stop so many times since it was so scary!

If You’re Looking for Something Action Packed…

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“Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”

Then I highly recommend Vicious by V.E Schwab! It’s dark academia, yes, but there’s a reason why this book is comped with X-Men. Other than the superpowers, the revenge plot between Victor and Eli means there’s a lot of chase and actions in this book. There’s just never a dull moment with this two. Plus, we have an element of found family too as Victor meets more and more people and become a dad™

If You’re Looking for Something Slow Paced…

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“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.”

I recommend Outlander by Diana Galbadon. It’s a historical fiction set in Scotland, so it has a lot of travelling between rolling hills and castles, with a lot of politics and slow burn romance. It can be a bit slow for me, but I admit it was cozy and have a satisfying ending. It’s around 800 pages so if you’re looking for something huge and slow to read, this book is perfect.

If You’re Looking for A Classic…


“When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle…”

Dracula by Bram Stoker is the perfect pick! It’s my all time favorite classic- it’s so easy to read but also conveys the suspense and doom clearly. Some of the chapters are told through diary entries and letters, which makes it really easy to read and sympathize with. As the origin of all vampire lore, what’s more perfect to read during the season?

What books do you want to read in October?

19 thoughts on “5 Atmospheric Books to Read in October for All Moods

  1. great list! it made me so happy to see Rules for Vanishing here because it’s such a great book (and I’ve never met anyone else who has read it!) and really does have an autumn spooky theme to it. I still have to read Dracula so I’m hoping to sometime before the year ends!


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