Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Blogger Hop: Autumnal Books

Book Blogger Hop
Blogging Question: With Autumn upon us and Halloween drawing near, what books remind you of fall? What ones do you enjoy reading that are about autumn?

I can't say that I've ever really read any fall-specific books, or scary books, so this one has me stumped, but here are a list of books I think would be good during the autumn and Halloween:

1. The Gathering Darkness The Gathering Darkness, Lisa Collicutt.  I've mentioned this book several times, but it really does fit the season so well!  It's set in autumn, it features a creepy gothic house and it's about witches!  It had me on the edge of my seat.  Great read!

2. Rebecca Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier.  Not your typical scary story, but definitely creepy.  A new bride comes to her new home to find that her husband's first wife (who died) is still very present in everyone's mind.  This one has a ghost not in sepulchral form but more the memories of the first wife that haunt people.  Add to that the uber creepy Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper and former confidant/nurse of the first wife, and you've got a psychological thriller.  Also a great movie by Hitchcock.

3.The Turn of the Screw The Turn Of The Screw, Henry James.  Another psychological thriller, this one is about a governess who comes to take care of two children and starts to see ghosts.  She tries to protect the children, but in the end, it may be she who needs the help! A great classic.

4.Maybe This Time Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie.  Based on The Turn Of The Screw, it is again about ghosts and children.  This time a soon-to-be ex-wife does her ex-husband a favor by going to Nanny 2 children whom her husband has recently become guardian of.  Creepy house, creepy housekeeper, creepy ghosts, creepy kids, some unwanted guests, a seance and an exorcism.  It was great!

5. The House on Tradd Street (... The House On Tradd Street, Karen White.  Realtor Melanie can see ghosts, but tries to pretend she can't.  When an old house is left to her in a will, she moves in to find out that some of the former ghost residents haven't moved out...and they don't like her!  Add to that an old Confederate mystery and a handsome writer.  Loved it!


EXCITING NEWS!!!  Krystal Wade, author of Wilde's Fire and Wilde's Army will be chatting with me live on Friday October 19th about her new book, Wilde's Meadow!  If you have any questions you'd like to ask her about her book, about submitting or anything else, please let me know and I'll ask her!

18 comments:

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  2. Aww, thanks. I tried to make The Gathering Darkness spooky without being a complete horror story for kids =D

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my Friday Hops! Besides The Gathering Darkness, I've never read any of the others. Sound spooky though =)

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    1. I like my Halloween books more spooky than "scare the bejesus out of you and you'll never sleep again" scary. lol

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  4. Scary books are always good for Halloween. But, my favorite books to read in the fall are absolutely the Harry Potter books. Perfect for Halloween season!!

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    1. I always end up re-reading HP during the holidays. Maybe it's because the movies always shown on re-runs at this time.

      But yes - witches are definitely Halloween-y.

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  5. Hi:

    Stopping by for the Blog Hop.

    I like how you did your post.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-blogger-hop-1012-1018_12.html

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I'll hop on by!

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  6. BTW, I hated Mrs. Danvers...that evil lady. :)

    I loved REBECCA...GREAT BOOK.

    Wonder if it is a banned book.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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    1. Mrs. Danvers is the creepiest ever! :)

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  7. You're right, Rebecca is definitely perfect for autumn! I may have to fit in a re-read...or at least watch the movie again soon!

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    1. I fell in love with it when I was in 8th grade and it still holds a position as one of my most beloved books, all these years later. And the movie...Joan Fontaine is just divine.

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  8. great books! great blog, fall would be a toughy for good books...i hear ya!

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  9. I really, really love reading your reviews. I'm so glad you take the time to post your thoughts about your favorite (and not so favorite) books you read:)

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    1. Oh wow, thanks so much. You're too sweet!

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  10. Nice to meet you through the liebster award.

    Loved Rebecca, excellent book and film!

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    1. Thanks! I'm actually happy that so many people have seen (and loved) the movie Rebecca. I feel like a lot of black & white movies get overlooked.

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