Hello Storytellers and welcome to another post for Bookending Autumn! We are trekking into the middle of week two of the event and I am head over heels in love with everyone’s posts! If you don’t know what Bookending Autumn is, its a month long even in October that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am wickedly excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Now, I am back tracking a bit because I was out of town over the weekend, so this is me playing catch up with everyone’s prompts! With that said, over the weekend the lovely Lauren over at Northern Plunder ruled the Bookending Autumn realms and dished out classic and spook-tacular prompts! She is an overall gem and her content is a gold mine of quality, so if you haven’t waddled over to her neck of the woods, please go bless your life and do so!

Also don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Autumn can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


Grimoire Notes

List 5 books you’d recommend this horror season + a mini review as to why


Okay so here is the thing kiddos…I don’t really read horror–I know le gasp. Its just not one of those genres that I instantly gravitate to like Romance and Science fiction. So this recommendation list is solely going to be books I’d recommend this horror/spooky season…that may or may not necessarily be horror. I know–a time.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

You need one name and one name alone for why you should read this–Thomas Cresswell. You’re welcome.

Daughters of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Okay so this isn’t at all a horror novel–like at all–but dammit the cover and elements within the plot give me some strong goth vibes that I automatically gravitate to a re-read of this series almost every October.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

Every season is Twilight worthy season in my humble opinion. Want to laugh and swoon at a over dramatic glittering vampire who I will stan for the rest of time? Get in on this saga then fam!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAn unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

What is a horror season without one book where you will need tissues? The reason I  recommend this gem this horror season is because its horrifying how misleading the cover is.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineThe day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Neil Gaiman is a legend. That is reason enough–go and be blessed.


What books are you recommending this horror season?



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  1. Nicola Niemc

    October 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Great choices, Coraline sounds especially creepy! For a supernatural horror/thriller, I would recommend Our Last Night by Taylor Adams – it revolves around a cursed rifle that kills its owners 😱 Or there’s No Exit, by the same author; that was pretty grisly too!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      I’ve never heard of those before! Definitely will be checking them out on goodreads though!

  2. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    October 9, 2019 at 4:12 am

    No to Coraline. Just shudders I’ve seen the animated movie to it when I was a kid and ITS SO CREEPY LIKE WTF WHYYYYY and even now if I rewatch the movie on the rare occasion that it’s on TV, I still get creepy out. Twilight is great, I’m super tempted to rewatch the movies soon…ah takes me back to my younger days xD Oooooo I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though I’ve not finished the series but I enjoyed the first book.

  3. Kristina

    October 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read the “Stalking ____” serie! I’m however not sure how “deep” it is, and if my brain could handle it or not.. maybe worth a shot to investigate if they got translated and try them in french xd They do sounds pretty cool! but nothing more infuriating that be halfway in the book and just.. having no idea what’s even going on anymore as you can’t picture it 🙃 dammit, brain !!

    While I don’t reaaally wanna read Twilight (because loong..) I can enjoy the movies, that’d work, right?
    and surprisingly enough I never read coraline xD maybe I should get onto that.

  4. Meeghan reads

    October 11, 2019 at 3:47 am

    DOSAB is such a beautiful (but yes, very dark) series. I love it so much, and am so glad it made your list!! It deserves more love!!

  5. TheCaffeinatedReader

    October 11, 2019 at 5:50 am

    All the yes to this list!! I would definitely say yes to Coraline like 1billion x over! I finally got the book so, …once it’s unpacked, I’m totally gonna read it!! And who could resist vampires during this time of year?!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 23, 2019 at 10:56 am


      Vampires are life, vampires are bae

  6. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    October 29, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Yes another comment from me on a Bookending Autumn post – I keep forgetting to blog hop 😄 I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone series back in high school and I didn’t quite get it? But hopefully I can read it again and this time, like it. I should probably change my GR rating of the Twilight Saga as it’s currently like all at 2 stars from the previous time I thought it was bad 😄
    As for Coraline – have never read the book, but the movie is one of my favourites and I will watch it repeatedly because it’s just so great and spooky 🎃

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