Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Reads

I know quite a few people who enjoy the countdown to Halloween. Many of them will do a #31HorrorFilms31Days and watch at least one horror film a day leading up to Halloween. I'm not much of a horror film person myself, but I do love a good creepy read! With a few days left before Halloween, why don't you try one of these books to keep you up at night?

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova - Like vampire tales, especially Dracula tales? This is the book for you! It's incredibly suspenseful, as well as being pretty informative about Eastern European history and culture. Entertaining and enlightening! A woman discovers some old letters in her father's things that tell this adventurous and unnerving tale of a man and woman seeking out the history of Dracula lore. It's a hefty tome for sure, but the pace moves fast and will keep you hooked.

Bliss House, by Laura Benedict - This book has only been out for a few months, and the reviews were so good I had to check it out as soon as it was published. A very well-crafted book about a mother and daughter who had recently experienced tragedy, moving back to the mother's ancestral home to try and start anew. But tragedy seems to follow the small family, and the effect that the house has on them is conflicted. The clues of the past are laid out carefully, and will keep you thirsty for the ending.

Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix - Ever gotten lost in an IKEA? Imagine if that happened at night, you're alone, and something you can't see is after you. That's the premise of this book. It's designed to look like an IKEA catalog, along with vaguely Scandinavian-sounding furniture names. Something is afoot at this IKEA-like store, and a handful employees are volun-told to take an overnight shift and figure out what. Creepiness unfolds. I heard another reviewer call it "Evil Dead 2 in an IKEA," and I think that's a pretty good description.

What good scary reads do you enjoy?

Friday, October 17, 2014

We're BACK!

After a blogging hiatus, we are back! We are reading loads of great things, and we want to share them with you!! So bookmark this page, sign-up to get email updates, follow us on Twitter, add us to your RSS feed of choice - we want to talk about books!

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