October reading wrap up.11:21
Gosh, I read SO much during October. Not so much towards the end of the month as I had a really bad headache.
I read a fair few short stories again this month and I had a Spooky, Erie, Creepy theme going on. Horror isn't a genre I read much of... Usually! I've really enjoyed reading these books and I can now safely say, I enjoy a good horror or creepy story!
I started with Penpal by Dathan AuerBach. One of the best books I have read this year! Creepy, eerie and so unique. I found it very hard to put down, It took me no time at all to read! Very good book, 250 off pages, I highly recommend this book. 'Penpal' started off on Reddit and then published as a book! Amazing. You can read my review here.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This is actually a children's/young adult book but gosh it's spooky! It's a quick read with only 208 pages. Coraline explores her new house, only to find her "other" parents. They have buttons for eyes. I wrote a full review on this book.
Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman. Another really creepy, different, unique style. Perfect read for October! It's a chilling story, kept me intrigued all the way through. I felt really connected to the characters, too! It's a fairly easy read. Anything by Neil Gaiman is perfect for October. I can't wait to read more of Neil Gaimans books!
We have always live in a castle by Shirley Jackson.
Neil Gaiman was actually inspired my Shirley Jackson apparently and I can see why! We have always lived in a castle is kind of creepy and left me a bit like "Wow, what did I just read?" It's another perfect read for October. Book review coming soon! This book is only 160 pages, if you'#re looking for something quite chilling and quick to read, this book is for you :)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
This book was recommended to me by my friend Laura (Checkout her book blog - Laura In Bookish Land..It's an awesome blog!) It's also on Zoella's new reading list. It's kind of weird to start off with but it's written so well! Here's the blurb: "The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth."
Honestly, I truly couldn't put this book down. It's really creepy and it left me wanting more and more. I was finding myself reading this book quickly. Perfect read for October, I can not wait to see the movie.
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey.
What can I even say about this book? I was blown away. Fast paced Zombies, a cross between 'The Walking Dead' and 'World War Z'.. the chapters are short but the book is long, I however, read this book really fast, it's SO good, the writing style is amazing and I just. WOW. You need to read it! If you read one book this year, let it be this one! I can not wait to see the movie, honestly.. It's top of my list! You can read my full book review of 'The Girl With All The gifts' here.
Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark
Honestly? I was not that spooked out by this book but then it aimed at children/young adults. A couple of the stories left me feeling a little "WHOA!" that was creepy. The stories are very short though, only a page or two long, this book honestly doesn't take long to read and would be perfect for reading aloud on Halloween! This book also includes spooky illustrations and poems. Beware though, back in the 90's this book was banned from schools in America! I'd recommend children over the age 12, depending on the child. Perhaps parents should read it first! I did write a more in depth review 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
This is a classic and it's an old story. There's also a movie and apparently a remake of the original movie. I really didn't know much about this book and I honestly think that was a good thing! It took me a little while to get into but once I'd got into it I found it quite fast paced and easy to read. Rosemary and her husband settle into a New York apartment that has a sinister past... Surrounding deaths and witch craft, people eating babies! It's crazy. Rosemary and her husband befriend an elderly couple that live in the same building... All is not what it seems though. Another perfect read for Halloween and only 256 pages! (Full review of Rosemary's baby here). Also I'd like to add, the movie is pretty true to the book.
I also read 'Of Mice & Men' Another book that was recommended to me. I was not sure about this book to begin with as it's an old book and the language and the way it;s written is something a little different but after a few pages I soon got use to it. It's a classic book, it does contain some swearing (so be warned). It's quite a fast paced book. Hard to review without giving away spoilers but I will say the ending is not what I was expecting. Maybe I should have expected it? I'm yet to watch the movie. (Pages: 121.. I actually read most of this book on the bust and in total it probably took me less than two hours to read)
What have you read in October? Do you have any spooky book recommendations? Let me know in the comments :)
P.S If you feature books often on your blog or social media etc, or enjoy bookish discussions, my friend Laura and I made a Facebook group: Bookish Worms please feel free to join :)