10 Mysteries, Thrillers, and Horror Novels To Read Before Halloween

Whether it’s the shorter days or the crisp air, there’s a certain fall ambiance that sends chills down your spine. Or maybe it’s just that mystery-thriller novel that’s on your bedside table. After all, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only things in season right now.

At Readers.com, we love a good suspenseful novel to get us into the fall-state-of-mind. So, we thought we’d make you a list. Read on for our favorite stories, novels, and poems to read before Halloween. Better sleep with the lights on — these novels might just have you up all night.

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1. And Then There Were None

We’re kicking off the list with a classic by renowned author Agatha Christie. Originally published in 1939, this mystery novel is about 10 strangers who are lured to an island. Slowly, each person bites the bullet. Maybe you’ve read it (even if it that was 15 years ago), or maybe you haven’t. Either way, this suspenseful novel deserves a look before Halloween.

2. The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins brings us a psychological thriller we can’t put down. The story begins with Rachel, who rides a train by the same happy couple every day. Rachel sees something, and then the girl goes missing. Cue everything getting a lot more complicated. Also being released as a movie, this novel is filled with twists, turns, and oh-my-gosh-did-that-really-happen moments.

3. Now You See Her

James Patterson really is the king of thrillers. His 2011 novel features Nina Bloom, a loving mother with a dark past who’s built the perfect life in New York. Then things get dicey when people start dying. There’s both drama and a whole lot of suspense. We think you’ll like it.

4. Dracula

This 1897 horror novel by Bram Stoker will make you uneasy, disgusted, and a little amazed. The tale takes place in both England and fictional Transylvania and is told through diary entries and letters. Even though Dracula was written over 100 years ago, the way the novel evokes emotion is as good as anything written today. If you’ve never read this gothic classic, we suggest you pick up a copy immediately.

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Horror thrillers not your thing? Then we recommend diving into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Opt for the complete edition and get all 4 novels and 56 short stories. A few of our favorite stories include The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet.

6. The Vanishing Year

Zoe Whittaker has it all — married to a Wall Street tycoon, living in the hottest neighborhood in New York City, and serving on the board of the most prestigious non-profits in the area. Until, of course, her past creeps back into her life. Filled with plot twists and suspense, this mystery thriller from Kate Moretti will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

7. The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe’s 1858 narrative poem features a talking raven and a distressed lover. It’s also one of the most famous pieces of literature, ever. Because the poem is pretty short, it should be an easy read to knock off our list. You can even listen to Christopher Walken read the poem here. Once you’re done with The Raven, read a few of his other short stories. Some classics to start with are The Pit and the Pendulum and The Fall of The House of The Usher.

8. Gone Girl

Whether or not you saw the movie last year, Gone Girl is worth a read this fall. Gillian Flynn’s novel begins with Nick as he prepares for his five-year anniversary with his wife, Amy. She disappears and he’s the primary suspect. Then things get weird. Give it a little time (the first half can be slow) and you’ll find intricate characters and a well-woven plot.

9. The Tangled Webb

Taking place in Washington D.C. and working its way through New York and Paris, Doug Schroeder’s mystery novel opens with a couple in Georgetown. When two U.S. senators die in a car explosion miles from the couple’s home, the FBI wants to talk. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, and above all, well-researched.

10. Frankenstein

The first thing to know about Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. The story uses a frame narrative structure and is one of the first examples of science fiction. And if you haven’t read it before, there’s never been a better time than now.

How many have you read? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!


8 Delicious Popsicle Recipes

While many are already getting ready for pumpkin spice season, we’ll be holding tight onto summer until the last acceptable day for shorts. For some, the hottest months are just getting started, which means beach getaways, late night bonfires and endless outdoor activities. Not to mention the summer fruit harvest, which is at its most affordable and bountiful these last couple of months.

One great way to capture (and taste) the end of summer is with a homemade popsicle. Not only can you customize it with your favorite flavors, making your own popsicle is surprisingly easy. With just a store bought mold and some popsicle sticks, you’re only a few hours away from this classic summer snack. While you may need some patience waiting for each recipe to fully freeze (we recommend a minimum of four hours), pass the time in the cool A/C with a favorite book and our bestselling glasses. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite, most unique homemade popsicle recipes that are both easy to make and perfect for the last days of summer!


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7 Blockbuster Movies Reimagined as Olympic Sports

Every four years, the biggest summer event takes place—the Olympics. With millions tuning in to cheer for the home team, make no mistake that this year will be equally as eventful as years past. Will Michael Phelps reclaim his golds after a brief retirement? Will Usain Bolt achieve the coveted “Triple-Triple”? Will Simone Biles live up to her expectations and dazzle us on the gymnastics floor?

It’s no wonder the Olympics is bigger than any blockbuster movie—it certainly has its fair share of drama. From the emotional losses to the jubilant victories, we wondered how these athletes would shine on the silver screen. So we created seven movie posters below based on some of our favorite dramas. As you tune in this summer, make sure you’re not missing any bit of the action with our best selling glasses.








The silent “bah-dump” of Jaws perfectly illustrates not just the pending fear of a shark attack, but also the anticipation of which swimmer will place first. Or the wonder we all felt when E.T. finally phoned home, and how that compares to the bewilderment as we watch a gymnast stick the landing. Not to mention the complete anticipation watching Indiana Jones barely escape being crushed by a boulder and the fast paced game of handball.

Ok, maybe the last one is a stretch, but who wouldn’t like to pop some popcorn while watching these Olympic reenactments?

6 Adult Coloring Pages Inspired by Bestsellers

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore—now, coloring books for adults are all the rage! Adult coloring books have been topping bestseller lists, and you’ll find all sorts of coloring books and adult coloring pages in stores and online. These coloring pages feature everything from mandalas to animals to famous movie characters. The pages often have intricate patterns to color in, providing hours of entertainment.

In the past few years, adult coloring books have soared in popularity, and many people use them as a way to de-stress or as a form of meditation. For many people, coloring in patterns helps clear their mind and gives them a creative outlet after a long day at work. But coloring doesn’t always have to be used as a stress reliever—you can also just color because it’s fun!

If you want to give coloring a try, check out these free adult coloring book pages based on classic novels. You can pick out a few of your favorites to work on, or you can color them all. When you’re ready to bring out your artistic side, download and print out some of our coloring pages for adults. Then, pick up your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and begin your coloring adventure!

While you’re coloring, make sure your eyesight is at its sharpest to achieve the most detail. Try one of our bestselling reading glasses so you can become the next Matisse!

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The Most Feared Books of All Time

Works of art have always been met with harsh criticism. Adult themes in movies and television have led to content rating systems. Similarly, parents everywhere have pointed angry fingers at violence in video games. It’s also not uncommon for folks to say the same about a piece of music. The written word hasn’t been immune to this blaming of the arts and has certainly seen its fair share of fear-induced censorship.

If a book is deemed controversial, it can be challenged, and if that challenge is successful, it can be banned. Books ranging from The Bible and “The Communist Manifesto” all the way to seemingly innocent stories like “Green Eggs and Ham” and the “Harry Potter” series have been met with challenges, or even been banned. It seems rather extreme, but it happens to more books than you’d think.

We’ve put together a list of the most feared books of all time in the infographic below. It includes classics, children’s literature, and probably a few names you’ll recognize from your high school reading list. Some of the titles will surprise you, but we’d bet that their banned or challenged status will make you that much more eager to read them.

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Do you think all of these books belong on this list? Can you imagine reading any of these books and getting so worked up that you have to wipe the fog from your reading glasses? The next time you visit your local bookstore or library, give one of these a try to see what all the fuss is about. You might find that one of the most feared books of all time is also one of your favorites.