spooky season for bookworms
a happy letter: vol IV
Hello, all! 🍂✨🍂'
Tomorrow is October 1 which means spooky season is on our doorsteps.
For the past two years, I’ve enjoyed spooky month book club—first with my brother and sister and then with 3 of my siblings and my husband. The first year, we read Dracula, and last year we read And Then There Were None. It’s been a fun way to enjoy October and facilitate conversation between us all. And read of course!
We’ll be giving it a go again this year, and I’m also planning some additional spooky reads for the month. So this week, I thought I’d share them with you!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I’m a longtime lover of Gaiman, so this has been on my list of reads for a while now. October seems the perfect month for it! This will likely be the family book club read, and I am so excited about it. We range from 15 to 37, so I think it will be a fantastic choice that’s engaging for us all.
In the Woods by Tana French
My sister and I decided to choose our own October read this year, and In the Woods was her suggestion. Set in Dublin (an automatic plus for me), the synopsis reminds me just a little bit of Stranger Things with a dash of detective thriller thrown in. A winning combination, I’m sure.
A Collection of Miss Marple Mysteries
I’m an avid fan of Christie’s Poirot mysteries but have only just started reading Miss Marple. Although the framework is similar, I’ve been surprised at how changing the point of view from the eccentric Belgian to the unassuming Miss Marple changes the feel of Christie’s work. I picked up a compilation of books at the library and will be reading A Caribbean Mystery, Nemesis, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!, and The Body in the Library.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Reading Dracula a couple of years ago set me on course to also read Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. I decided that adding Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to my list of horror classics would be perfect for this year. If you’re curious my preferred order so far is, without a doubt:
The Invisible Man
Another facet of October this year will be my introduction to many classic horror films. My husband has a list of movies to watch between now and Christmas and after reading several classics 👆🏻, he was very excited to introduce me to their film adaptations. I’m also going to delve into some of Hitchcock’s scarier works and finally watch The Birds and Psycho. I can’t vouch for those yet, but if you’re looking for some classic films that are perfect for this time of year, might I recommend Rope (Hitchcock) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Capra)?
Now that October is here, let’s find out what’s on your bucket list!
Wishing you a wonderful last day of the month!
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