First things first…the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards!
I can personally recommend from this list: Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, Sy Montgomery’s Soul of an Octopus, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.
Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is a terrific read. It’s got everything—witches, vampires, alchemists, murder plots, politics, dragons (well, wyverns, as Diana Bishop would correct me), the works. Harkness is a wonderful author, full of humor and action, but my favorite part of this series by far is its science history.
Anne Rice is always a classic when it comes to the creeps and crawlies, and her Mayfair series has everything you could want in a Halloween-time read.
Susie Moloney’s Things Withered is spooky-meets-subtlety, capturing the eeriness of—as the title suggests—withering, of things not going according to plan, of things gradually, gruesomely dying.
For a fresh and truly haunting ghost story, definitely check out Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People.