90 Days of No Sleep: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR


September 23, 2014 by Heidi

I, like many of you I am sure, adore fall.  I didn’t truly appreciate fall growing up.  I lived in Wyoming where it went strait from hot to cold and the leaves on the trees were usually shocked strait from green to dead without that beautiful orange and red middle phase.  Now that I live in New York, fall has become my favorite of seasons.  It’s beautiful, the weather is gorgeous (and perfect to start busting out tights, boots, and scarves!), and the kids are back in school (it was a very long summer as a children’s bookseller).

The other thing about fall I’ve come to love in recent years is horror.  More than ever I love some creep in my books, and as the season’s been moving on I’ve been simply craving it.  So here are five books and five audiobooks I already own that I intend to scare the crap out of myself with this fall:


The only Stephen King I’ve ever read is The Dark Tower series.  I loved it, but when I found this one in the bargain bin I knew it was time to try another (plus I love this throwback pulp fiction look it has going on).


Obviously if I’m trying more Stephen King, I should also sample some of his son’s writing.  I’ve wanted to read NOS4A2 since it’s release–Christmas horror?!  Okay…sure! Another bargain bin score.


I’ve been holding off reading Game knowing that it was just rife with cliff hangers, but it’s been sitting on my shelf taunting me since Barry Lyga visited my bookstore last fall.  Can’t wait to finish this series!


Why? Because Angie or Alyssa may strangle me if I don’t.  Also Robin McKinley made my list of authors I’ve only read one book from and need to read more of so…win win?

hollow cityriggs

Another book I purchased as soon as it released when Ransom Riggs came to my bookstore.  Not really sure why I haven’t read this one yet other than the mood just hasn’t struck.  I was really disappointed when the first turned out to be an unexpected series, but if that was the worst of it I should be quite happy with Hollow City.
graveyard bookgaiman

Yep…I still haven’t actually read this one.  SAD I KNOW.  Every year I say I’m going to listen to the audio, and every year I forget to request it from the library before there’s a run on it.  Well this year I thought ahead and checked it out early.  I have read the first installment of the graphic novels, and will be reading the second upon it’s release in a week!


I can hardly believe that it’s been a year since I read a Seanan McGuire book…an absolute crime, especially since I’ve purchased the two most recent October Daye books and InCryptid books.  BUT I also purchased Feed, the first in her series under pen name Mira Grant.  I’ve really been into zombies this year what with The Girl With All the Gifts and the White Trash Zombie series, so let’s keep that ball rolling people!haunting of hill housejackson

Two years ago The Booksmugglers dared me to read Dark Matter by Michelle Paver.  It was, and remains to this day, the creepiest book I’ve ever read.  I loved it.  I didn’t sleep for weeks.  That same year, Ana took the challenge of reading the notoriously frightening The Haunting of Hill House.  This year, I’m giving myself that challenge as the audio showed up as a Daily Deal and I couldn’t resist snagging it up.
dracula stoker

Nope, this is a classic I’ve missed out on.  I’ve been trying to read a few classics every year (just finished the awesome Three Musketeers), so this one’s next on the list!  It has an outstanding cast with some of my favorite narrators–Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Tim Curry, Steven Crossley, Alan Cumming, John Lee, and more.

final descentyancey

I listened to the first three books in this series last year, but just now got around to picking up The Final Descent.  I’m uncertain how it’s going to go–it’s significantly shorter than the other books in the series, and when I met Yancey he warned me there might be tears.  Well, the fact of the matter is I don’t like anyone in this series (the storytelling is just so good that I don’t care), so that’s a challenge I can take!


What’s on your fall TBR? Do you like creepy books,
or go for something cozier?



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  1. Christina says:

    Great list! I loved SUNSHINE, although I’m a bit biased since I’m a diehard Robin McKinley fan! In general I’m a bit too chicken for horror, but I do enjoy reading darker/more gothic books in the fall.

  2. Read Game for sure! And then follow it up with Blood of My Blood! The Jasper Dent series is so good, and underrated. I don’t know if you’re planning to read or listen to it, but they make fantastic audiobooks!

    I didn’t read The Graveyard Book until last year, but it’s really good. The audiobook is great, and Neil Gaiman is a fantastic narrator! You should listen to Fortunately, the Milk next because it’s so different but he’s still a great narrator.

  3. For my creepy fall read, I’m planning to finally read HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shephard next month. Hey, it’s something! I just recently heard that Joe Hill was a King boy, and that would intrigue me if I erad horror! Ohh, and Robin McKinley! Love her! SUNSHINE isn’t as accessible as other books by her, but it has its interesting moments. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts! Oh, I’m hoping to read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. It never happened. I was sent the two graphic novel installments, so I hope to finally do it! I only found out this year that Mira Grant and Seanan McGuire were the same person. Mind BLOWN!

    Enjoy all your creepy reads!

  4. Oh man, Fall is the perfect time for me to wrap up THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST series. What am I doing with my life?!

  5. I LOVE Joyland! It is such a different take on the horror genre! And FEED! Such a great series! You should have a great fall reading time! =)

  6. Fall/Autumn is my favorite season. I grew up in Northern California though where the Autumns are BEAUTIFUL and slow to ease into Winter. I live in Northern Nevada now though and Autumn lasts approximately two weeks before it’s suddenly snowing. It sucks but I still prefer it much more than summer! NOS4A2 is an incredible read! Game is totally on my Autumn TBR too as well as Dracula. I missed out on that classic too somehow! I also purchased that audible audio because of the incredible cast. My friend already listened to it and she said it was fantastic. Happy Reading with the lights on! 😀

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