For the month of October, you have a ton of things to look forward to—costume parties, piles of candy, reruns of The Walking Dead, and a whole new set of top trending books. We spotted what tweeters are wild about, and the list is scarily exciting.
This probably comes as a surprise to (drumroll) absolutely nobody, but mentions of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl: A Novel have been blowing up on Twitter. After all, what is there not to love about a suspenseful tale of a beautiful missing wife, a seemingly guilty (and supposedly doting) husband, and the vicious media? And it doesn’t hurt that the big screen adaptation—starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike—is out in theaters, drawing serious Oscar buzz from critics and audiences alike.
Another novel-turned-movie series that has set Twitter ablaze is James Dashner’s The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2. Now that you have run through and escaped the scary maze that is littered with monstrous creatures known as grievers, you can now relax—just kidding—continue on the journey with Thomas and the Gladers through the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world. Sounds insanely fun, especially when you throw in some Cranks, otherwise known as people covered in festering wounds that are driven to murderous insanity by a disease known as the Flare.
On the topic of highly infectious diseases and viruses, Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story is the stuff nightmares are made of (totally appropriate for October, we feel). Read about the appearances of rare and lethal viruses, such as the one that was born from a Central African rainforest and somehow managed to travel to the quiet suburbs of Washington, D.C. Read on to discover how within a few days, 90% of its victims are dead.
And while we’re talking about death, let’s talk about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. When Dr. John Watson finds himself living with the brilliant Sherlock Holmes, he also discovers more than he has bargained for—a corpse, no signs of struggle, and the word, “REVENGE,” written in blood on the walls. Sounds intriguing, don’t you think?
Bet let’s not focus on only the thrilling, suspenseful and horrific—Lena Dunham’s newly released memoir, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned is a hot topic thanks to her candid and honest voice. So if you’ve ever found yourself confused, in the middle of a personal crisis, or just plain depressed, pore over Dunham’s honest essays to feel a little bit less alone, and a little bit less afraid of facing life’s challenges head on—even if it means getting hurt in the process.