October Recommendations

All the books listed here are available at the library. Stop in, give us a call, or use the online catalog to place a hold and check one out.

Celebrate Halloween by reading a book that features a classic spooky character!

Cell by Stephen King
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

Zombies: Cell by Stephen King: Everyone remembers where they were on October 1 at 3:03 pm, when the apocalypse started. Clay Riddell was in Boston going through his normal day when the chaos began. Jump right into the action of this apocalyptic novel by best-selling author Stephen King. 

Vampires: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Set in a Mexico City in which vampires have been discovered, Certain Dark Things shows the alternate present where vampire gangs fight for territory against each other and humans. Atl and Domingo work together to try to make it out alive.

Witches: The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith: This young adult historical fantasy follows Frances Hallowell as she goes from seamstress to murderess in the blink of an eye. Before she can face the consequences she is whisked away to Haxahaven, a school for witches.

Ghosts: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune: Wallace has a suspicion he might be dead when a reaper comes for him at his own funeral. When Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop promises to help him cross over, he’s pretty sure he’s dead. As a ghost, he finds he isn’t quite ready to abandon the life he barely lived.

Werewolves: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout: Poppy was chosen at birth as the Maiden, living a solitary, isolating life. With the future of the entire kingdom on her shoulders, she finds it hard to know what she really wants for herself. She meets a handsome guard who makes her question everything she knows and believes in. Werewolves might not be the only mythical creatures in this series!

October 1-7 is Banned Books Week! Read a book from the list of most challenged books from 2022. Learn more about book challenges here.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
All Boys Aren
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This coming of age novel is written as a series of letters, chronicling Charlie’s life as he goes through first dates, family drama, and makes new friends. A deeply powerful novel that will bring you back to the roller coaster of growing up. Reasons for challenges: depiction of sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ content, drug use, profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison: Mike Munoz is ready to change things up. After finishing high school and working for a landscaping crew, it’s time for a change. Go on a raucous trip with him as he begins to see the future and his place in it. Reasons for challenges: LGBTQIA+ content, claims to be sexually explicit

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson: In this powerful series of personal essays, George M Johnson explores the stages of his life so far, as a black queer boy. He covers topics including gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, consent, and structural marginalization. Reasons for challenges: LGBTQIA+ content, claims to be sexually explicit

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: Growing up in Lorain, Ohio, as a young black girl, Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue like the beautiful children in America. In 1941, her life does change, but in a much more devastating way than she was praying for. Reasons for challenges: rape, incest, claimes to be sexually explicit, EDI content

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez: With the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion, the worst school disaster in American history serving as a backdrop, this is the story of segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people. Reasons for challenges: claims to be sexually explicit

Check out a title that’s new to our collection!

Golden Gate by Amy Chua
The HIlls of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin
Pageboy by Elliot Page
A Multitude of Dreams by Mara Rutherford
Flawless by Elsie Silver

The Golden Gate by Amy Chua: Dive into this historical thriller set in California in 1944. Follow homicide detective Al Sullivan as he finds out a presidential candidate has been assassinated and onto his subsequent investigation and its devastating conclusions.

The Hills of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin: Kat Fields decides to investigate Estrella Roja, after finding out there is a history of witchcraft and strange sightings, for her podcast Paranormal Texans. She meets Mari Castillo on her way to attend a funeral and the two begin to grow closer amidst the spooky events taking place.

Pageboy by Elliot Page: Elliot Page shares never before heard details and intimate interrogation on gender, love, mental health, relationships, and Hollywood, in his coming-of-age memoir. Elliot has received an Academy award nomination, two BAFTA awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and is the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of Time.

A Multitude of Dreams by Mara Rutherford: A reimagining of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, this YA novel tells the tale of a mad king who locks his subjects within his castle walls while a plague ravages the kingdom. Romance, vampires, and a gothic atmosphere make this a perfect new book for spooky season.

Flawless by Elsie Silver: He’s a bull rider in need of an attitude adjustment, she’s here to help clean up his reputation. This contemporary romance has cowboys, forbidden romance, and is the first book in a series. What more could you ask for!