October Monthly Recs: Monster Mash

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads Group created by booktubers Kayla Rayne and Trina of Between Chapters.  Each month the group provides recommendations on a topic. October is Monster Mash, so let’s talk about my favorite monsters!

17674856Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series

Alright, we’ll get this out of the way: Bec McMaster. You knew this was coming because I pretty much mention her in every post. 🙂  I love the world she has created for her London Steampunk series, which features a Victorian society in which the upper class men willingly infect themselves with vampirism and rule society until they turn into horrifying monstrous bloodsuckers.  They have committed a genocide against the werewolves, and keep the lower classes well-ground down.  Except for all of our heroes and heroines who don’t quite fit into the bounds of society and push back against the rigid ruling class.  Gritty, romantic, and exciting!

Best read after dark with your bae nearby.

6381205Soulless by Gail Carriger

Carriger’s world focuses more on the werewolves in her vampire/werewolf steampunked London.  She also has mummies, werewolves, and vampires, women who don’t fit in with society, lots of tea, LGBT characters a-plenty, and silliness out the eyeballs.

Best read on a cool, sunny day in October/November, just like the tone of the books, chilling fingers but bright. 

20312462Jackaby by William Ritter

A good match for Carriger’s books with silly tone and spooky creatures of the night.  Abigail Rook takes up employment with kooky detective R.F. Jackaby, who can see all the folkloric creatures who are hiding in plain sight around us.  Abigail can see the regular, obvious clues, and together they solve mysteries from their home base, which is owned by a ghost and has a magical pond room and a duck name Douglas who refuses to turn back into a human.

Best read snuggled up near a window to catch the perfect autumnal early evening light.

10626594Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

A yearly race of flesh-eating water horses, a plucky heroine whose family is on the line, and a brooding hero who is very likable.  Very atmospheric and set in October/November-time.  The audiobook is highly recommended!

Best read on a drizzly, grey day at the end of October.  Total overcast is best.

7728889The Diviners by Libba Bray

X-men in the Roaring Twenties, with lots of era-appropriate slang, a big cast of characters, mysteries galore, and an effing scary ghost story.  We’re only halfway through the series (waiting on Book 3!), but the first two babes are so big and so rich, there’s plenty to keep you busy (and shivering with goosebumps) until the next the book.  The audiobook here is AMAZING as well.  My love to Theta and Memphis and Sam Lloyd.  And Unc.  And drunk Evie.

Best read in full bright daylight (if you are a wimp like me), or after dark with the curtains closed and lights on, because the creepy parts are seriously creepy.

17675462Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

This series gets a lot of hype and is so hard to summarize.  It’s about 4 (ish) main characters in a small town in Virginia.  A couple are local teens, some are the sons of wealthy families and are attending the local private boys school.  We’ve got ghosts, ley lines, romance, friendship, adventure-seeking around homework and jobs, hit men, magical families.  And beautiful prose.  Even if you aren’t so sure (I am NOT a fan of books set in private schools), try them out.

Best read on a bright grey day in March.  Be prepared to stop reading after dark in the later books.

248584Juniper by Monica Furlong

My favorite “realistic” witch story because I love how it encapsulates the witchy history, like women on brooms meeting on moonlit nights to make big circle-rituals.  I like to how quiet and everyday magic this is, with lots of traditionally witchy-ness.  I need to re-read soon.

Best read on a November day, bright but with cloud cover.  Bring yummy snacks because in my memory they spend a lot of time prepping food.

3Harry Potter

You don’t need me to introduce this series.  A School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Enough said.  Read it if you haven’t, because chances are good that you’ll enjoy yourself.

Because I’m old and read most of the Harry Potter books as the were released at the end of July, Harry Potter books are summer books to me.  Best read in the oppressive August heat, desperate for magic, escape, and a cooler climate.

Picture Books and Early Chapter Books:

Hubble Bubble Granny Witch, Vampirina Ballarina, The Witch Next Door, The Bailey School Kids

I’ve been reading these with my kids and I totally love this cuddly monster aesthetic.  I can’t wait until we get to the Bailey School Kids, because I outgrew them partway through the series publication, so it will be fun to read them all with some age-appropriate readers. Recommendations for these kind of books will be gladly accepted!

Best read with friendly faces and the urge for a gentle spooking.


2 thoughts on “October Monthly Recs: Monster Mash

    1. Haha, I am a big fan of Bec McMaster, especially her London Steampunk series, and somehow I seem to end up talking about her in most of my posts.

      I really loved The Raven Cycle, especially as read by Will Patton (except his British accent is TERRIBLE), but I do understand that it’s not quite right for everyone.


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