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Halloween Book Suggestions

Ok, it doesn't quite look like this yet, but we're getting close!

Ok, it doesn’t quite look like this yet, but we’re getting close!

Fall is finally in the air here, at least in my section of the East Coast.  The maple leaves are looking good, but we’re still waiting on the oaks to change colors.  With a little less than two weeks until Halloween, it’s the perfect time to check out a scary book!  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova   This is a fantastic novel.  You might want to read Dracula first, since its based on it.  Fair warning: this book will make you want to travel to central and eastern Europe.  I still have the travel bug to go to Slovenia, and it’s been at least four years since I read it….
  2. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James   Quite simply the best ghost story I have ever come across.  If I had my way, it would be a core book for any basic American Lit class.  I listened to this as an audiobook (on the CraftLit podcast) and was absolutely amazed by James’s masterful plot.
  3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   In junior high, my classmates and I were big fans of this book.  Try to ditch any expectations you might have as a result of seeing plays or movies-the original is different and well worth reading.  Interesting side note: the author, Gaston Leroux, is also credited with writing the first locked room mystery.  It’s called The Mystery of the Yellow Room, and I’ve been meaning to read it for years.
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker   I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.  It’s a classic for a reason, and the handful movies I have seen don’t do it justice at all.
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen   If you’re not in to horror stories, how about a book making fun of gothic novels?  If you don’t want to lose any sleep over your Halloween reading, this is definitely a fun option.
  6. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright   This is a ghost story for older children or young adults.  I read it in second grade and it thoroughly freaked me out.  It’s a great book though, just probably better suited to readers over the age of 10.

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Elizabeth’s Summer Book List

Hi everyone!

My summer vacation doesn’t start until next Friday, but I’m already looking forward to catching up on my reading!  (And feeling jealous of all the other school employees who are already done!)

What I’m reading now: Dog Sense by John Bradshaw and Puppies for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson.  I want to get a puppy this summer!

Here are a few things I am planning to read next:

1. Grimm’s Fairy Tales– I’ve read many of these, but only a few at a time.  This summer, I want to read the whole book!

2. Evelina by Fanny Burney- I found a copy of this in a used bookstore when Becca and I visited Boston.  I’ve seen it mentioned by Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen, and I’ve always been curious to read it.

3. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig- It’s not coming out until August, but I’m looking forward to reading the latest Pink Carnation novel!

4. A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards- I think summer is the best time to read about travel!

-Elizabeth