Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Spooky reads (sort of).

I rarely, if ever, plan out exactly what I'm going to read next. I just pick up whatever I'm in the mood for. But I thought it might be fun to read some creepy, atmospheric books in the month of October.

I'm a complete chicken, so what I consider "spooky" or creepy books would probably make most people laugh. But that's okay. :) I'm starting off with The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, which is the next book in my favorite cozy mystery series (the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley). Here are some more books I'll try to get to this month:

Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen. The only of Austen's novels that I've only read once so far. It's long overdue a reread, and the way she spoofs and references Gothic novels is perfect for Halloween.

Bed-Knob and Broomstick, by Mary Norton. This book is probably the one that's been on my shelves the longest without being read. It's from a Scholastic Book Fair, which means that I got it in elementary school and I still haven't read it. That's ridiculous.

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, by Claire Legrand. The cover of this one is really nice. It's supposed to be a creepy middle grade mystery.

The Kneebone Boy, by Ellen Potter. I can't remember what this one is about, other than I've heard comparisons to A Series of Unfortunate Events. I've read her book The Humming Room, which is a close retelling of The Secret Garden, and I enjoyed it.

Halloween Party, by Agatha Christie. No October would be complete without a Halloween-themed Agatha Christie mystery, right? I found this old edition at a book sale and had to get it when I realized that the edges of the pages are orange.


  1. I hear you about creepy books. I'm turning into my mom. I can hardly handle anything. I think in October, "Oh, I will find some Halloween books." Then later, I'm like, nope.

    1. Ha. :) When I was younger I loved reading scary books and getting creeped out. Now, can see my "Halloween books."

  2. I've only read part of Northanger Abbey, but it seems like the perfect fit. Especially when you look at the film adaptation - lots of gothic influences. :)


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