I’ve never been a Halloween lover. Maybe it’s because I live in the Southern Hemisphere and Halloween falls in spring, so carving pumpkins and drinking spiced lattes really doesn’t make much sense. Or maybe it’s simply because I don’t like anything spooky. At all. I hands down don’t do scary. The Disney movie Hocus Pocus is too scary for me. This year, however, I’m going to go all out, because taking any excuse to have fun sounds like my idea of a good time. Starting October 1st I’ll be reading some spooky (and not-so-spooky reads) to get myself in the Halloween spirit. I’ll have an update for you on Hallowe’en to let you know how far through this reading list I managed to get.
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My Reading List
I’m sticking with classics for this Halloween because I think this is a list of books I probably should have read by now. (P.S. All blurbs are from Goodreads)
- Dracula – Bram Stoker | The classic vampire story that took the world by storm. Dracula chronicles the vampire’s journey from his Transylvanian castle to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood he needs to stay alive – the blood of strong men and beautiful women – while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley |Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier |The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- 1984 – George Orwell | Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie |Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary–from the heiress’s fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. The key to the success of this style of detective novel, writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson | In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
My Reread List
If I have time, I’m going to tack on these two rereads to my list (also, I’m under no delusion I’ll be able to complete the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, but watch me try!) (P.S. Blurbs are from Book Depository)
- The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle’s matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- Macbeth – William Shakespeare | Macbeth himself, a brave warrior, is fatally impelled by supernatural forces, by his proud wife, and by his own burgeoning ambition. As he embarks on his murderous course to gain and retain the crown of Scotland, we see the appalling emotional and psychological effects on both Lady Macbeth and himself. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
Children’s books to read if you haven’t already
I probably won’t get to these books, but you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already.
- The Witches – Roald Dahl | This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly – because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- The Wednesday Witch – Ruth Chew | Mary Jane’s mother tells her not to let any strangers in the house while she’s away. But there’s a short, fat woman in a long black dress and a pointed hat banging on the door. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
Of course, breaking up the spooky is definitely something I want to do, so I’m adding these two to the list when I need a break from the classic Halloween creepy.
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern | The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. – Add to your Goodreads shelves
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling | Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD! – Add to your Goodreads shelves