I can't believe that October is almost over! I know I say that at the end of every month but its true. I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy any holiday that involves themed reading. I'm not one for scary movie or books, but I do have a few favorite Halloween books that I have read and a few that I want to read.
I made a post earlier this month about Perfect October Reads which you can check out if you want to see more of my selections.
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BOOKS I HAVE READ:
1. Dracula, Bram Stoker
I just finished Dracula this month and I did a rather detailed post on the story's history as well as a review. (read it here.) Although this one is quite long, I really enjoyed listening to it on audio book, and would recommend it if you have any long drives coming up, especially if you will be driving at night! It definitely spooked me a little bit, Dracula is one creepy guy.
2. The Diviners, Libba Bray
Another large book, The Diviners is the only Libba Bray book I have read. I loved the atmosphere of 1920's New York City in this novel, and if the second book ever gets released, I think the series will be quite enjoyable. It deals with a lot of supernatural elements and seriously creepy serial killer. (As opposed to not the creepy serial killers I guess).
3. Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman
Okay, I cheated. I haven't read all of the stories in this collection, but I have really enjoyed what I have read. This book would be perfect for Halloween night. Just pick up a few creepy and weird tales while curled up after dark.
4. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book is a cute retelling of Kipling's The Jungle Book, and I found it to be a really enjoyable read. I think that majority of Gaiman's works would be great for the Halloween season and I really want to read more from him, so let me know what you liked from him.
5. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and Gris Grimly
This adaptation of Frankenstein was the last book I read, and I really loved the art style and how well the themes from the original story were preserved. I'm really itching to read the original story now, and I think I will add it to next Halloween's TBR list. (Yep, I'm already planning my TBR that far ahead!) Any of Gris Grimly's works would be perfect for Halloween. He illustrated some Poe stories and I'm very eager to get my hands on those!
BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
6. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
I NEED to start this series! I'm going to start it very, very soon. I've heard lots of great things.
7. A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whilcomb
This one is about a girl ghost who haunts a high school English classroom, which means I'm super interested. I've heard it's rather heartbreaking though.
8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
I haven't read any Holly Black yet, and this one intrigues me because it is a standalone, and it's about Vampires. Everyone loves a good vampire novel.
9. The Fall, Bethany Griffin
This is a retelling of Poe's story, The Fall of the House of Usher. I'm always interested to see how authors rework classics in YA fiction, and Poe seems like he would be a bit of a challenge to rework. I've heard pretty mixed reviews, but I'm still interested in checking it out. Plus, what a creepy cover!
10. Born Wicked, Jessica Spottswood
This is a YA trilogy about witches set in a fictional historical setting. I've heard pretty good reviews of this book, and I haven't read a YA witch series yet. Let me know if you have any other recommendations for YA witch books!
What are you reading this Halloween? Any Gaiman recommendations? Young Adult Witch series recommendations?