Prepare To Be Spell-Bound By Our Bookstagrammer of the Week, @tometraveler

Rachel of @tometraveler, our Bookstagrammer of the Week, has captivated us with her ooky spooky Instagram feed and keeps us on our toes with her horror and thriller book recs!

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It’s Halloween! Meaning it’s the time for over-processed sugar candies and horror book recs to raise your blood pressure! Trust us when we say that Rachel of @tometraveler has some horror and thriller recommendations that are sure to do the job. Really though you might be a little distracted by her immaculate pictures that are definitely giving Dead Poets Society vibes. Let’s get to know our Bookstagrammer of the Week, Rachel of @tometraveler!

Rachel Murphy

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Every week, Bookstr works with one Bookstagrammer that we think y’all would love! This week we’ve been lucky enough to talk with Rachel and we’re asking the hard-hitting questions that you want answers to.

So Rachel, what are your favorite horror or thriller books or authors?

Some of my favorite horror/thriller books are Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.


Okay, okay, you got me, that wasn’t necessarily one of the hard-hitting questions! Let me make it up to y’all.

Why did you start your Bookstagram account, @tometraveler?

I started my Bookstagram account in May of 2018. I had graduated college as a Literature Major and had taught High School English for three years before I realized that it had been nearly seven years since I had read just for fun! I decided to change that and haven’t looked back since.


Now not everyone reads horror and thrillers, but some people are curious to get into them!

What draws you to horror or thriller or spooky books?

The world can be a dark, dangerous, and scary place if we are being honest. I think I find familiarity in the fear and tension. They keep me on the edge of my seat, adrenaline racing, eyes wide, teeth clenched. Oftentimes, while I am reading I am also running scenarios in my head of what I would do in the same situation. Call it research, if you will.

I’m definitely in support of your research! It’s a scary world out there. I will say though, sometimes I look for less of a plot-driven story and more of a trope-driven one!

Do you have any favorite horror or thriller tropes?

Spooky houses. It’s my favorite thing when the house or building itself has so much presence in the story that it almost becomes a character in and of itself. Mexican Gothic and The Haunting of Hill House come to mind!

My Mom and I loved the adaption of The Haunting of Hill House! I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s definitely on my TBR list!

Speaking of TBR lists, do you have any spooky books that you’re especially excited to read this Halloween?

I have a few spooky reads on my radar, such as The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean and Dead Flip by Sara Farizan!

cr. Rachel of @tometraveler

Our time with Rachel is, unfortunately, coming to a close, so we have one final question for her.

Do you have any additional Halloween or bookish things you’d like to share with our audience?

There’s no shame in getting scared while reading horror. That’s the whole point! If it feels too scary and you are freaking out, maybe just read during the day. Turn all the lights on. Text a friend so you don’t feel alone. Fear is just part of the fun.


Hopefully, our Bookstagrammer of the Week was able to influence you to pick up a spookier read this Halloween! And though Rachel didn’t mention it, she also runs Fiction Bath Co. If you’re wanting to immerse yourself in your favorite fictional world, check out Fiction Bath Co. to do so!

If you’re wanting to see a more colorful Instagram feed that features a wealth of bookish energy, check out our Bookstagrammer of the Week from last week here!

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