This week I thought it would be fun to get involved with The Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday. The theme is Halloween. I'm going to leave this post at 5 top books as the post grew larger and larger as I typed! So what spooky reads should you be getting your hands on this year?
Let's start with a nice one. This isn't strictly a spooky story and isn't really a YA book, but this is a book that shaped my childhood. If you haven't read Enid Blyton before then you are missing out. For those who don't want horror but want a little bit of magic this Halloween. Synopsis: Joe, Beth and Franny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep. In the magic Faraway Tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends – Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man. Together they visit the strange lands (the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want) atop the tree and have the most exciting adventures – and narrow escapes.
I'm not going to say too much about this one as I reviewed it only two posts ago. All I'm going to say is Bloody Mary. Go check out my review of the book. If you don't want to read the review before the book, don't worry the synopsis is at the start of the post.
If you want spine chilling this is the perfect book. I couldn't read this one at night. Are you brave enough to? Synopsis: January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely, and desperate to change his life, so when he's offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year, Gruhuken, but the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice: stay or go. Soon he will see the last of the sun, as the polar night engulfs the camp in months of darkness. Soon he will reach the point of no return--when the sea will freeze, making escape impossible. Gruhuken is not uninhabited. Jack is not alone. Something walks there in the dark...
You've most likely heard these stories before, however the The Grimm Brothers didn't write these fairy tales with just sweet endings. The first versions contain lots of blood and gore for the listeners/readers. These are my favourite Halloween stories. Synopsis: Grimms' Fairy Tales First published in Germany in 1812, these tales were collected by the two brothers Grimm from neighbouring villages and spinning rooms, and include "Hansel and Gretel", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Rumpelstiltskin".
I've not read this one yet but this is on my to read list. Just read the synopsis, how could you not want to read this? Synopsis: Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.