Nightmare Before BPR / Spooky September Wrap-Up aka the month of thrilling and chilling reads that were mostly so-so?

Well, we made it through the month. This is probably one of my favorite reading months out there, and it did pretty okay? I got my fill of spooky, and I’m now ready to usher in the Halloween time officially.

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The Prompts

๐Ÿ‘ปย Zero โ€“ A Book with Ghosts
๐Ÿ‘ปย Doctor Finklestein โ€“ A Spooky Book with an Eccentric Character i.e. like a Mad Scientist
๐Ÿ‘ปย Lock, Shock, and Barrel โ€“ A Spooky Book with a Gang/Crew
๐Ÿ‘ปย The Citizens: A Book with Any of the Following โ€“ deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies, demons, mummies, vampires, werewolves, and witches
๐Ÿ‘ปย This Is Halloween: Spookiest Book on your TBR
๐Ÿ‘ป Whatโ€™s This: A Book with a Mystery
๐Ÿ‘ป Halloween Town: A book with a spooky town
๐Ÿ‘ป Sally: A Spooky Book with a Voice of Reason Character
๐Ÿ‘ป Mayor of Halloween Town: A Book that Has Two Faces โ€“ either two main characters, two separate plots, or one big plot twist
๐Ÿ‘ป Jack, the Pumpkin King: A Book Where a Character Has Skeletons
๐Ÿ‘ป Jackโ€™s Lament: A Book with Sad Overtones
๐Ÿ‘ป Oogie Boogie: A Spooky Book Youโ€™re Taking a Gamble On
๐Ÿ‘ป Sallyโ€™s Song: A Spooky Book with a Love Story Featured
๐Ÿ‘ป Kidnap The Sandy Claws: A Book with a Disastrous Plan
๐Ÿ‘ป Santa Claus: A Non-Spooky Book for a Palette Cleanser

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Books Devoured Whole

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Spectacle Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris
Prompt: Lock, Shock, and Barrel โ€“ A Spooky Book with a Gang/Crew
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
This was one of the best graphic novels Iโ€™ve read in a while. The art was quirky, but it was vibrant and fun. The storyline was interesting, and Iโ€™m invested in finding out more and who the murderer is. There was still some detachment from it, but it was a fun graphic novel!


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Ghosted in L.A. by Sina Grace, Siobhan Keenan, Cathy Le
Prompt:ย Kidnap The Sandy Claws: A Book with a Disastrous Plan
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
This was totally meh. The art was pretty nice, and I mean, this was just the first comic in the series, but I felt like reading it was a chore. I definitely recommend skipping – especially since there was a lot of disastrous plans in this one.


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The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Prompt: Doctor Finklestein โ€“ A Spooky Book with an Eccentric Character i.e. like a Mad Scientist
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
After reading Monster, She Wrote and being reminded of the epic psychological horror maven du Maurier was, I decided to give this audiobook a try. Only really enjoyed 3 stories, and meh for the rest.


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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Prompt: Jackโ€™s Lament: A Book with Sad Overtones
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
Atmospheric, lush, and far more spooky than I originally thought. The mood was alllllllllllll the vibes, and this was such an unique spin on a underappreciated fairytale. I recommend this wholeheartedly. Few minor issues, but overall, a contender for best read of the month.


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Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bรฉrubรฉ
Prompt: Whatโ€™s This: A Book with a Mystery
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
Despite its spooky cover, it never brought the creeps.ย It was just so eh? The characters were quite lackluster, and like, it just got really weird? Like, really random and weird? Idk, I was not feeling this, and I started skimming pretty hard.


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The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Prompt: Mayor of Halloween Town: A Book that Has Two Faces โ€“ either two main characters, two separate plots, or one big plot twist
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
This definitely was one of the best psychological stories that I have ever read. I was so impressed by the way the author managed to dive deep. Had a few issues, but overall, a pretty good murder mystery.


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Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
Prompt: Sally: A Spooky Book with a Voice of Reason Character
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the third book in this installment and swore I was going to even read this one, I caved. Tbh, I really should have skipped.ย This was so long, and I had so many issues with it. By the end of it, I was so done.


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Just Beyond: The Scare School by R. L. Stine, Nicole Matthews, & Kelly Matthews
Prompt: Halloween Town: A Book with a Spooky Town
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
R. L. Stine has definitely made his name in horror and children’s/young adult novels. This middle grade horror novel was a little wacky and misguided at times, but the art was quite nice and it was fun.


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Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran
Prompt: The Citizens: A Book with Any of the Following โ€“ vampires
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ
I stumbled upon this on my library’s app, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover. Seeing the name, I figured it was a Snow White retelling – I was correct, and it was quite well done. Pretty confusing at times, but a super beautifully illustrated, dark, and spooky version of the story.


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Forking Good: A Cookbook Inspired by The Good Place by Valya Dudycz Lupescu & Stephen H. Segal
Prompt: Santa Claus: A Non-Spooky Book for a Palette Cleanser
This was a total surprise read.With how much I love the show and ready for the new season, I figured it would go for it next after it magically showing up on my doorstep. However, it sadly wasn’t forking good.


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Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
Spooky September Meter:๐ŸŽƒ
Prompt: Oogie Boogie: A Spooky Book Youโ€™re Taking a Gamble On
I hadn’t heardย  anything about this book before it was advertised online for my library. I’m always down for the missing sister with witches is always a cool concept. Overall, it was just okay? With good art?


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The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde
Prompt: Zero โ€“ A Book with Ghosts
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
This edition was a clever and accessible edition to Wilde’s short stories. I loved the ease of this collection compared to a few other ones that I have tried to read. The foundations of Wilde’s wit and ability to craft a complex but easy story were still here.

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Ghosts of Readathon Past (aka prompts I didn’t get to)

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Scream All Night by Derek Milman
Prompt: Jack, the Pumpkin King: A Book Where a Character Has Skeletons
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
I’m about 3 hours from being done from this, but I’m still currently struggling with reading audiobooks. This book is weird, but kind of a good weird? It’s dark, but funny? Definitely an odd one.


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Prompt: Sallyโ€™s Song: A Spooky Book with a Love Story Featured
Spooky September Meter: ๐ŸŽƒ
This book is really good so far. I’m so glad that I stepped outside the YA bounds for it. I’m about 50% into it as I’m writing this post – I just always struggle with ebooks with my eyes, so it takes me forever. While not quite spooky, it’s still good, and I’ll finish it by the end of the week.


And…This Is Halloween: Spookiest Book on your TBR – nothing called to me as the spookiest one?? And the one that I did look at wasn’t available despite me swearing that I saw it on my library app. So, I gave up on this one.

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Non-Spooky News

๐Ÿ‘ธย Mandy went to London! You can read all about my England experience here and here. I failed being a proper YA protagonist, but I got a pretty book and hopefully some good pictures??

๐Ÿ‘ธย I got super sick right before I went to England, so I accidentally took a week / week and a half long hiatus that I didn’t plan at all. It totally threw me off my game, and I’m now playing a bit of catch-up to get myself back in the game. Work has been total chaos as well, so mostly I’ve just been melting into a pile of goo.

๐Ÿ‘ธย As for TV shows, a lot of shows are coming back now. The Good Place has officially started again, and I just want to binge it all?? AND I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS THE FINAL SEASON??? HOW DARE. Also, The Great British Baking Show is delivering as always. I love it so much, and there needs to be ten million more seasons of it. I’m still deciding what other shows I still want to actually watch this season, since I’ve been giving up on a lot of shows in favor for more reading and blogging.

๐Ÿ‘ธย I’ll be posting my TBR today as well for next month, which I separated this time around due to the fact that I…WILL BE GOING TO YALLFEST AGAIN THIS YEAR. While this year isn’t as jam packed with my top authors like last year was, I’m so super excited to be going back. My two top authors that I’m excited to see are Ash Poston and Mason Deaver. I also might finally be able to meet Roshani Chokshi this time around??? Now, though, is the mad dash to read a good deal of the books beforehand so I can make the most of the experience.

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What do you think? How was your September reading go? What are some books you loved/hated? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “Nightmare Before BPR / Spooky September Wrap-Up aka the month of thrilling and chilling reads that were mostly so-so?

  1. That’s awesome you got to go to London! I hope it was an amazing trip ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also really happy you loved house of salt and sorrows and now I want to try the best lies after you loved it

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  2. Who knew there was a cookbook inspired by The Good Place??? Sounds very strange to me! I’m glad that you were able to find some good spooky books this month, even if some were meh. And that’s wonderful that you had a good time in London! ๐Ÿ˜„ Hope your October is also full of wonderful books and great things! ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Great wrap, I’m sorry you spent some of the month ill but I glad it didn’t stop you having a great time in london. I hope you have an amazing October ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’œ

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  4. So happy you got to do so many fun things this month Mandy! Although I’m sad to see you didn’t love Capturing the Devil I was really set on buying them for myself this Christmas! Is it more of a library thing??? Great wrap-up!

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    1. Hmmmmm, at the end of it all, ugh, I’m not sure. The first two were such campy, atmospheric goodness, but I can’t see beyond the last two at the moment that brought me much frustration. Depends if you want some romance melodrama that keeps going?

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