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Kayla’s September Wrap-up 2021

So, in case you missed it, I had COVID during the month of September, so I got more reading done than I usually do. Here is my list for October:

What the Hex

I just finished this one recently. It’s a great bit of romance to get you ready for Spooky season, and I promise you’ll laugh more than you’ll shiver in fear. Full review coming soon.

Buy What the Hex

The House on the Water

If you like a good mystery that makes you root for the “villain” far more than you should, this is the book for you. It’s a nice short listen for the commute. Full review coming soon.

Buy The House on the Water: A Novella

Panic: Ghosts and Legends

I’ve never seen the Amazon show this comes from, but this set of short stories was super entertaining. Full review coming soon.

Buy Panic: Ghosts and Legends: A Novella

Rock Paper Scissors

There’s a reason this was a BOTM pick. That twist at the end still has me reeling at the genius of it all. Full review coming soon.

Buy Rock Paper Scissors: A Novel

How It Ends

This one kept me guessing the entire time. It’s a short, fun read, and you should definitely give it a listen. Full review coming soon.

Buy How It Ends: A Novella

Not a Happy Family

Are you having family trouble? Read this and those problems might suddenly seem less dramatic. Full review coming soon.

Buy Not a Happy Family: A Novel

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Are you a dog-lover or murder/mystery enthusiast? If so, you’ll love this short listen from Audible. Give it a listen while walking your pooch. Full review coming soon.

Buy Sleeping Dogs Lie: A Novella

Lisa Unger’s House of Crows series

Buy All My Darkest Impulses: House of Crows, Book 1

Buy Fog Descending: House of Crows, Book 2

Buy Circling the Drain: House of Crows, Book 3

Buy Love the Way You Lie: House of Crows, Book 4

This series was absolutely mesmerizing. You should definitely give it a listen if you want to get into the spooky spirit.

The Keeper of the Night

It’s an excellent adventure through Japanese mythology, and it will be out just in time for creepy season. Since it deals with a half-reaper, half-shinigami character, it’s the perfect time for this book. This one hasn’t been published yet, so I’ll be posting my review closer to the publication date.

Buy The Keeper of Night (The Keeper of Night duology, 1)

Miao Dao

Nothing beats a story of a girl and her cat…other than a story of a girl and her ferocious and potentially murderous feral cat who may or may not be killing the people to threaten said girl. Full review here.

Buy Miao Dao: Dark Corners Collection, Book 4

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Need a good ghost story for Halloween? This is for you! This one technically hasn’t been released yet, so I’ll be posting my full review closer to the publication date.

Buy Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Oak Avenue

And if you need a ghost story with a little less gore and a little more creep, you should definitely give this a listen. Full review here.

Buy Oak Avenue: Dark Corners Collection, Book 7

The Remedy

I thought this one was more sad than scary, but if you like your thrillers’ laced with philosophy, this is certainly an interesting read. Full review here.

Buy The Remedy: Dark Corners Collection, Book 6.

The Girl at My Door

I didn’t actually finish this one. It’s such an interesting concept, but the main character is so unlikable that I actually found myself rooting for the villain. Honestly, this lead sleeps with her best friend’s fiancé because she’s jealous and then gets mad that the guy doesn’t break off his engagement with said best friend. I didn’t write a full review.

Buy The Girl at My Door: An utterly gripping mystery thriller based on a true crime

The Torment of Rachel Ames

This became a pretty difficult read once Rachel started facing her trauma, but it was a touching story with huge moments of suspense. Check my full review here.

Buy The Torment of Rachel Ames

James Moriarty: Consulting Criminal

If you’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes stories, and you miss that style of mystery writing, this audiobook is for you! Full review here.

Buy James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

Evidence of the Affair

A short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid was enough to get me to give this a listen. The story itself is incredibly well-told, and surprisingly uplifting. Check my full review here.

Buy Evidence of the Affair

The Death of Jane Lawrence

I have a feeling this will be one of the most blogged-about books come October. It certainly has all the ear-marks of a perfect gothic novel. Check my full review here.

Buy The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel

Survive the Night

If you love Hitchcock films, you need to read this. Full review here.

Buy Survive the Night: A Novel

Final Girls

One more book and I’ll have read every Riley Sager novel so far! Full review for this amazing book here.

Buy Final Girls: A Novel


I almost forgot this one. Not because it’s forgettable, mind you. It was the best straight-up Halloween story I’ve ever read. Highly recommend this one for Spooky Season. Full review here.

Buy Hannah-Beast: Dark Corners Collection, Book 1

Best Mystery Stories of 2021

I love a good mystery, and sometimes a good short mystery story is what I need most. Full review here.

Buy The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021

There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed

Of the Dark Corners stories, this was my least favorite. Not because it’s bad, but because it just wasn’t that scary. Full review here.

Buy There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed: Dark Corners Collection, Book 3

What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these titles? Please drop a comment!


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