Monday, October 27, 2014

Snarkology Halloween Hop: Top Three Halloween Reads

Dead leaves. Heavy rain. Cold air. Sales on chocolate.

Is it any wonder I love Halloween? I mean, those are some of my favorite things. Throw some good vodka into the mix and I'm set for a week.

But Halloween inspires something else in me: it makes me want to curl up with something familiar, and something seasonal. That covers everything, too. A mug of hot chocolate. An old quilt. The same cat that sits in your lap in spite of the date even seems more special to me this time of year. And it affects how I read too. So, I present to you my top three Halloween reads in no particular order.

Harry Potter: I'm not entirely sure how Harry Potter ended up as a Halloween thing... and a Christmas thing... and a summer thing, too, in fact. But I remember Harry Potter marathons on TV leading up to Halloween. And getting ready to watch the movies always involved reading the books again, for me. Which is why I've read them 10+ times. So this one's a little bit more personal than the others on the list, but it brings up memories of Halloween for me just as much as say, Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown.

Berenice: Poe has always been one of my favorite authors, and not just for horror. But Halloween does always bring me back to that creep factor, and I can't think of another Poe story creepier than Berenice. The teeth. The disease. The psychosis. It's chilling and I love it. Hands down my favorite Poe story.

The Night Circus: And here it is. This book feels like a rainy day to me. Something beautiful to be savored while it lasts. Someone very very dear turned me onto it, and I'm so glad she did. It's pretty clear that I like circuses, I think. It's dark. It's magical. It's romantic. To me, The Night Circus embodies everything I want out of Halloween. Which is why, when leaves crunch underfoot, I find myself wanting to dive back in again.

So there it is. What are your favorite Halloween reads? Comment below, and don't forget to check out the other bloggers on this hop HERE!

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Kat de Falla said...

I think my favorite Halloween read is anything Stephen King. I'm a huge King fan and I remember reading Salem's Lot as a kid, under the covers with a flashlight. Anytime a tree branch brushed the house, I freaked it!

Joely Bogan said...

Thanks for the chance!!! I made it all the way to the end!! :) My favorite Halloween read would have to be the Cat and Bones Series Jeaninie Frost Author .. love her books.

Jean MP said...

Anything by Stephen King is my go to read at Halloween.
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Voss Foster said...

I haven't read Cat and Bones yet. I'll have to look into it.

As for King, I bear the rather unpopular opinion that he uses too many words to say simple things. Although I found his writing much better as Richard Bachman. So explain that one ;)

Katie O'Sullivan said...

Totally LOVE the Night Circus! The cover reminds me of Halloween, but the book, not so much. But the intricate love story kept me spellbound! Great choice!

Voss Foster said...

And to me, Halloween has always brought with it a sort of romance and extravagance, just like Le Cirque du Reves.

Phaedra Seabolt said...

I read paranormal romance all year round, so I don't have any that special to read at Halloween.

Melissa Snark said...

My favorite Halloween read is either the Legend of Sleepy Hallow or anything Stephen King.

Thanks for the great post! It was wonderful having you take part in the Halloween Hop! :)

Tia Dalley said...

I love The Night Circus. My go to for Halloween is Bag of Bones by Stephen King. I have never heard of Berneice. I'm going to have to look into that one.

Sheryl Hayes said...

I always find my copies of Dracula and Frankenstein to reread this time of year.