8 books to read this Halloween!

Yes, I am making my own list of books to read for your enjoyment this Halloween. I do understand that we are barely into September at the present moment but this gives everyone plenty of time to either purchase the books or check it out from your local library or however you normally acquire books to read. The list is in no particular order whatsoever. Enjoy!

This is a book I read last year around summer time. It’s a book about good versus evil, however, there are some horror elements to it.

This book is typically labeled as a mystery but I find it kind of scary. 10 people are stranded on an island and then people start mysteriously dying one by one. This book will keep the pages turning.

I read this book a couple of years ago but it’s still one of my favorites. A man who is a legendary rock artist who is haunted by a ghost, this book will stick with you even after you’ve finished reading it.

I read this book last year on my Kindle. It’s a great read for anyone who would enjoy a good haunted house story.

This is another favorite of mine that I read a couple of years ago. A group of people go to a house to investigate it to see if it’s “haunted” and by the end of the book, you won’t be able to sleep without the lights on.

This is one of my all time favorite books to read if you’re looking for a good scare. A teenage girl moves into a run down mansion with her father and weird things start happening as soon as they move in.

This isn’t really a haunted house story but more about a specific family that is haunted. There are some nice twists that will keep you reading.

Two sisters run away to go live with their aunt in order to escape horrible living conditions at home, only to find that the safe haven they thought they were walking into isn’t really as safe as they thought.

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Order online….

I purchased a book online the other day and it showed up on my door step today in perfect condition. I was browsing Books-a-Million’s website and I noticed they were having a 50% off sale on select titles and I happen to come across the book listed below. I thought the book looked interested so I purchased it. Now it looks like I’ll have something interesting to read for Halloween.

Synopsis: From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This movie came out in theaters this weekend and I got to go see it. This movie actually ended up doing better in the box office than I thought it was going to. In the theater I went to, they only had this movie showing on one screen so I figured they didn’t expect this movie to make much if it’s only showing on one screen. My hubby even mentioned that there were more people in that theater than he was expecting (he went to see the movie with me). My hubby found out that the Hobbs and Shaw movie was the only movie to beat out this movie as far as sales and he said they didn’t beat it out by much.

Anyway, this movie was different than what I was expecting going into it but I still liked the movie. I don’t think my hubby liked it but he’s not big into any of the horror movies anyway. I liked how they left this open for a sequel (and whether or not we get a sequel will probably depend on how well this movie does) which makes sense because there are three of these books. But I’m not going to ruin anything for you in case you haven’t seen the movie yet and want to see it. Now I think I will go back and re-read the books (haven’t read them since I was a kid).

“Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs

I finished reading this book this morning. This book is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series and it picks up exactly where the first novel ends. The children are in a race against time to help Miss Peregrine while being chased by monsters of different sorts. I love this book because it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole entire time. The store moves along at a good pace and keeps you entertained all the way to the end. You won’t be able to put this book down because you’ll be so caught up in the adventures of Jacob and the other peculiar children.

Synopsis: Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them–but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Another purchase!

I almost forgot to mention, I got to make a second purchase at my local book store. I got “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (paperback), “What the Night Sings” by Vesper Stamper (hardcover), “Enter the Dark House” (Welcome to the Dark House & Return to the Dark House) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (paperback). I just love going to my local book store. Plus, I’ve noticed that they’ve rearranged the store a bit so I had to spend some time getting myself reacquainted with where stuff is. I didn’t mind them rearranging the store since I normally make sure that I have plenty of time to shop when I go to the book store because I know I’m going to spend a while in there anyway.

My latest purchase today!

I got to do a little shopping today. As always, I had fun browsing the store looking for books. I could live at the book store if they stayed open all the time. If you’re mildly curious to see what all I bought, you can check out the list below.

“If You Go Down To The Woods” by Seth C. Adams (paperback)
“The Saturday Night Ghost Club” by Craig Davidson (paperback)
“Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association Anthology” edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton (paperback)
“Splinter in the Blood” by Ashley Dyer (paperback)
“Tomb of Ancients” by Madeleine Roux (hardcover)
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)
“Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” by Alvin Schwartz (paperback)

Scary Stories…..

This was another childhood favorite of mine. I believe I read these when I was in the 7th grade. It includes “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones”, all written by Alvin Schwartz. I remember checking each one out from the library at my school and reading them. I did enjoy reading these books. I was old enough to know that the stuff in the books wasn’t real, however, they are good enough books to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have seen this at my local bookstore and I’ve thought about re-reading these.

Now, they’ve made a movie based on the stories from these books and it’ll be released in the United States on August 9th of this year (just in a couple of weeks). I would like to see the movie on opening weekend but I don’t know if my schedule at work will allow me to. I may just have to go see it on a day off.

“The Mansion” by Ezekiel Boone

Finished another novel and I wanted to share it with you as well. This books was a creepy read but it was good. It’s hard to explain without giving too much away and spoiling the book for someone else who wishes to read it. It’s kind of a cross between reading a haunted house story and reading a “robots take over” story….that about the best way I can put it. If you like either of those things then this might be a book for you.

Synopsis: After two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.

But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship—Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right—and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

Recommendations!

I’m always looking for that next book to read so I’m willing to take recommendations from others, especially if I know that person likes to read similar books. Anyway, if you like to read, I wouldn’t mind hearing your recommendations for some new literature for me to read.

Genre: Horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery & thriller. I can take in the occasional romance if it’s good.

Have read: The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, the Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, Murder Has a Motive by Frances Duncan, Murder for Christmas by Frances Duncan, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox, Carrie by Stephen King, The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, etc.

Books I refuse to read: The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. I read this book once upon a time and I really got into it at first but the ending disappointed me. This book really turned me away from that particular author and I won’t read anything remotely similar again.

Age Range: I normally read young adult and up. I will read children’s literature if it’s good enough to hold my interest (Harry Potter series is a good example).

Comic books?

Do you consider comic books/anime/manga/graphic novels to be the same as reading an actual novel? Now, I’m not one to say that the book has to have a certain word count before it’s considered a “novel” and it can’t have any pictures or anything like that. I would say “yes” to that first question.

I’ve read the mini series “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” that was written by Joe Hill. It’s a prequel to the novel “NOS4A2” that tells you all about how Charles Talent Manx became the villain in that novel. It doesn’t add anything or take anything away from the book. It just gives you some back history on Manx.

I’ve also read the Locke & Key series, which was also written by Joe Hill. That’s my first comic book series that I’ve read and it’s what introduced me to author Joe Hill. It’s a good series but I would consider it and the mini series listed above to be for “mature audiences” only because of some of the content.