Good Evening Readers,
We’re back at that spooky time of the year when the nights are starting to get darker and it’s almost like the world is in a permanent shade of orange. Halloween is on its way in so I have composed a list of my favourite reads around this time, some scary, some magical and others thrilling. So settle down in your favourite reading spot, gather the candy and pick up one of these chilling reads.
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Anything by Neil Gaiman is a winner at Halloween, I see him as the Tim Burton of the pages and vice versa. If these two ever got together to write and direct a movie it would be on all levels of epic. Neil Gaiman manages to construct a plot so unique and spin tingling that from the first page I always imagine his worlds as grey and ghostlike. The Graveyard Book is one of my favourite reads following a young boy called Bod who is brought up by the spirits in the graveyard. A story like no other and a perfect read as the witching hour drawers nearer.
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Another Neil Gaiman book but hey who didn’t see that coming! Coraline is a short read just over 100 pages but it is packed with spooky twists and turns, buttons for eyes and another dimension. I loved the movie and despite it being for children even I was a little scared, the book is equally as chilling so be sure to read it when there’s someone else around.
172 Hours on The Moon – Johan Harstad
Warning: this book freaked me out…and I loved it. I am a massive fan of astronomy and space travel so I needed this book in my life. I would also like to see a return to the Moon but after this plot I think I’ll stay grounded on Earth. Returning to the Moon after 40 years a competition is created that will allow teenagers to accompanying the returning astronauts. A great way to win publicity but also a dangerous move, there is a reason they didn’t go back to the Moon before and they could encounter this unexplainable scenario again.
Practical Magic – Alive Hoffman
I LOVE the movie adaptation so I was disgusted with myself that I hadn’t picked up this book sooner. I only turned to it earlier this year but I devoured it page for page. Not a lot like the movie but equally a gripping and addictive plot. A family with the ability to do some magical things but sometimes you can’t help drawing attention to yourselves and then again it’s not always a good thing. Lends itself not just to the magic and mystery of Halloween but also a good read for those who want an adult plot and a book to accompanying a good glass of wine.
Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira
This book is fantastically written, first of all appreciate its structure and how the story is told. Centred on Laurel who writes letters to celebrities who died young just like her sister May. This book won’t have you hiding under the covers but it does examine the power of healing through writing whilst uncovering a deeper and thought provoking plot. This book is a charming read exploring the power of the mind, grief and death.
The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury
This is a stable at this time of the year and the fact ‘Halloween’ is in the title should be a giveaway. This book is aimed at a younger audience but it is an extraordinary read as a group of young boys stumble upon a Halloween tree and travel back through to significant times in history that celebrated this time of the year. This plot has druids, Egyptians and the day of the dead…need I say more?!
I can’t end this post without giving a special mention to two of my all-time favourite thrilling classics; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker. I don’t just enjoy these books because of their plots and story lines which are at a standard of their own but also the background stories for these authors just give the books an added twist of darkness. If you haven’t already read these books, devour every page and then revel in the stories of the geniuses that created them. They are classics for a reason and without them society wouldn’t have two of our favourite Halloween characters making an appearance every year…Blah Blah Blah.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Dracula – Bram Stoker