I am a fan of reading.
Therefore- I was EXTRA excited when a friend of mine posted this initiative by Neil Gaiman (he is so cool!) on a new tradition for Halloween: "All Hallow's Read". Instead of giving candy, consider giving a scary book for Halloween, or reading a scary story. Check out this fabulous video by none other than Mr. Gaiman himself:
(teehee, I love the zombies in the background)
Since buying books could get pricey, and since we don't get trick or treater's here at the apartment anyway (sad face), I figured we could give the gift of book recommendations here on this blog!
How about this: I go first and then you all link up using the link thingy below, or link back to your blog post in the comment section, or comment with your recommendations.
Recommendation guidelines (one or all 3):
- an adult book
- a teen novel
- a children's book
Feel free to retweet using the hashtag "#AllHallowsRead" and share the book reading wealth!
EcoYogini's All Hallow's Read Recommendations:
ADULT SCARY NOVEL:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Ok, so not Horror scary, but the creepy factor and build up in this book is fantastic (especially "the Beast" character). It's basically "Harry Potter" and "Chronicles of Narnia" stories, but written as if they could really happen... for adults only (swearing, disturbing concepts and nudity are here!).
(My children's rec: Spin to Sea cover!)
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
If you haven't read this yet, you are way behind! It's an uber novel set in New Orleans with a family of witches, a hereditary ghost and some crazy happenings. I'm actually due for a reread. It's Anne Rice at her best.
(My favourite artwork in the book- sadly her painting of this page wasn't for sale...)
CHILDREN'S SCARY NOVEL:
Spin to Sea by Izra Fitch
This book has rhyming paragraphs that aren't too lengthy with gorgeous artwork that were painted by the author herself... who just happens to be the 15 year old daughter of a well known Nova Scotian Artist. It's about a small community's tradition of letting jack-o-lanterns go floating in the atlantic ocean. Love!
TEEN SCARY NOVEL:
Remember Me by Christopher Pike
Yep, with the resurgence of vampires and horror in teen pop culture, we see some of my classic teen novels being reissued. Like the Remember Me series. Such classics (ah nostalgia).