Yes, it’s time for a new TBR Thursday!

In this article – which I want to publish every Thursday – I’ll be highlighting a title from my shelf (or eReader) I haven’t read yet and I’m going to ask you guys what you think about it … Have you read it? Should I read it or put it back on the shelf?

I was looking for a new book meme article to post every Thursday and this one looked really nice. I love writing interactive articles in which you guys can leave comments and I’m really excited to read your comments about the books I’m going to show you in my TBR Thursday articles!

Today I want to show you guys my Halloween themeTBR. Around Halloween, I love to read some scary books. Last year, for example, I’ve read ANNA dressed in blood and the House by Christina Lauren. Sure, I could’ve read the books throughout the year as well but there’s just something intense about reading horror books this time a year, don’t you agree? I love getting ‘in the mood’ for Halloween, even though it isn’t actively celebrated over here in the Netherlands.

At Milan’s school, they’re working with the theme as well now so that’s really cool. They’re crafting witches and what not, the teachers read them ‘scary’ books and the kids get to play dress up a couple of days throughout the month. We bought Milan a skeleton suit and he was so enthusiastic about wearing it to school, so adorable. I really hope they’re going to do more with Halloween around here in the future. The shops here sell a lot of Halloween stuff, but the trick-or-treat stuff isn’t actively done over here, such a shame.

But okay, let’s get on with the thing you came here for, reading about my TBR books. At the moment I’ve got 4 books on my ‘Halloween tbr stack’, which are waiting to be read. Let’s start with the first one: THE DEAD HOUSE by DAWN KURTAGICH. 

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that find all the dark places in your imagination and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading. 

I bought this book last year and planned on reading it then too but I never got around to reading it, unfortunately. In the meantime, a couple of friends of mine have bought the book as well, so we decided to buddy-read the book this month. I’m really excited to start the Dead House. I’ve heard and read good things about the book!

The next book I’m really excited for is SHUTTER by COURTNEY ALAMEDA

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead goes down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soul chain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

This is also a book I originally bought to read for Halloween last year, but I didn’t get around to reading yet so it ended up on my TBR stack for this year. This is a stand-alone book, just like the Dead House is and I also heard great things about this book. Can’t wait to find out for myself what I’ll think about it. And this is definitely one of the most creepy covers I got in my collection, damn. Love the cover, brr…


It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on. His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with. Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears. Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

The end of book 1 was a bit – cough cough – heartbreaking to say the least and I’ve been dying to read this second book of the Anna duology ever since finishing the first book last year. I got this book from my Secret Santa last year and decided to read it for Halloween this year. I’m so so sooo excited to start this book. There are so many questions I need answers to and I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen to the characters this time around. 

Do you like reading specific books at a specific time a year? Like scary reads for October/Halloween?

  • What is your favorite scary read? Love to hear from you!
Halloween concept : Blood dripping



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