The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
I am going to start this post off by sharing a fun fact about myself. For the last four or five years I have sent friends and family Halloween cards instead of Christmas cards. Halloween is hands down my FAVORITE holiday and by far the most wonderful time of the year. I’ve got nothing against the guy in the red suit but it is hard to compete with a holiday that takes place during the height of apple cider donut season and involves unlimited amounts of candy, costumes, and things that go bump in the night.
Over the years my celebration of Halloween has evolved into a series of holiday rituals. In addition to the Halloween cards I also put together a Halloween care package each year for my niece and nephew who have the misfortune of living in the UK, where Halloween is not celebrated as enthusiastically as it should be. Pumpkin carving is a must and is usually accompanied by pumpkin beer. There is also the annual viewings of Hocus Pocus and Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin, both of which I own on DVD (because really when I say “annual viewings” I mean daily viewings). I also pay special attention to the books I am reading during the month of October to ensure I’ve got a few vampires, witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls on the to-read list. So in honor of my favorite holiday here are my top five picks for books featuring creatures of the night to cozy up with on All Hallows Eve.
1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
This one has been on my to-read list for a long time and I just crossed it off earlier this month. The fast, witty dialog took the edge off some of the darker moments of the book making this a fun and creepy read. If you like your vampires with a side of sarcasm and a heavy dose of girl power you should definitely check this one out.
2. Doll Bones
In my quest to read a Newbery Winner or Honor Book from each year the medal was awarded I took Doll Bones with me on vacation last month. Centered around a creepy porcelain doll that may or may not be haunting a group of kids and may or may not be made of the bones of a murdered child makes this an obvious addition to any Halloween reading list.
As far as I am concerned Salem, Massachusetts coupled with powerful witches is pretty much synonymous with Halloween. The fact that this book also includes incredibly rich world building shoots it to the top of the list.
4. Anna Dressed in Blood
A ghost / ghost hunter romance with a protagonist that is totally worthy of a cameo on Supernatural makes this a Halloween must read in my books.
I am a sucker for a retellings or reimaginings of an old story and debut author Courtney Alameda kills it (pun intended) with her addition to Helsing lore. It doesn’t hurt that she’s also included a heart racing, forbidden romance. A good addition to the Halloween classics.
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