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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

I know The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten lists are on Tuesday, but I do my posts on Wednesday, so I’m mixing it up! I love this list! I love Halloween! It’s almost here! Here are my top ten spooky books to get into the thrilling spirit of All Hallow’s Eve!

1. The Shining by Stephen King

The ShiningI want to start with an epic classic. However, I personally feel that The Shining the book is VERY different, almost completely from the movie. They’re kind of like Harry Potter, both mediums should be experienced separately. I love both of them in different ways. The frightening psychological suspense is fantastic.

2. It by Stephen King

ITRead this when I was in 7th grade. I’m also afraid of spiders. Perfect for bringing back all your childhood fears to relive them now that you’re an adult.

3. Hell House by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale

Hell HouseThis short story collection has creepy tales from all over the world! I love it! Balancing different cultures with a perfect blend of truth, this book is not to be missed if you can find it.

4. Carrie by Stephen King

CarrieYes, I have a strong affection for King. I just recently finished Carrie and it is so much better than the movie! It’s like the Titanic, you know how it ends but you keep turning the pages hoping it might be different.

5. The Greywalker novels by Kat Richardson

GreywalkerYay my city! Spooky Seattle! What’s not to love? Richardson’s research and ability to blend local history and folklore is standout! I’m so sad she’s ending the series next year, but it’s been a great run!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

RansomA frighting combination of prose and real photos, Riggs is brilliant at making Wales come alive in a paranormal way. Full of mystery with a hero you pull for each page, this debut is essential for October.

7. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

H234_SCH_GB11Haunted_0.tifSelf explanatory. I wish these were just as scary as when I first read them.

8. The Legend of Spookiley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

SpookilyFor personal reasons. A fantastic picture book that has a great moral that’s perfect for Halloween!

9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp ObjectsFlynn’s debut that is harsh, dark and looming, it’s my favorite of her books! For a traditional mystery, this book has an ending that is horrific and spine tingling!

10. Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll BonesThis is the only book I haven’t read on the list, but I’ve heard really good things and this cover alone makes it a must read for this month. I hope to read it eventually, but for now I’ll enjoy the beautifully spooky cover!

What are your favorite reads during October? Any special books that scream Halloween??

 

August Purchases

I’ve had a busy month and that’s just not in buying books! I also got a lovely new bookshelf! (really sorry about the photo quality, still working on getting a decent camera)

August purchases

This month I purchased:

Labyrinth by Kat Richardson

Vanished by Kat Richardson

Underground by Kat Richardson

Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

Special Mention:

Royal Baby

Last month I bought the Royal Baby collection from Mills & Boon, but it arrived this month. Doesn’t it look fabulous? 

How sad I am that summer is coming to a close! But a new month means more books!

Until next time, 

Ashleyisee

xx

 

Book Signing Adventures: Kat Richardson

There is a writer that I have admired since Uni. I’ll never forget how I saw her first book being cradled in the hands of a sorority sister. ‘She’s a great writer.’ She stated. ‘I think you’d really like her, and she’s local.’

The year was 2006 and like clockwork every August, each book in Kat Richardson’s fantastic Greywalker series is published. It’s my favorite time of year. 

Since the beginning of her series I have always gotten her books from the Seattle Public Library. I couldn’t purchase them because I knew I’d be moving to England in the future. ‘One day,’ I thought, ‘I will have a lovely collection of her books.’ 

One of the best things about moving back is that the one day has begun. 

This week the University Bookstore (hurray for being an alumni!) did a release party for her eighth book in the Greywalker series, Possession. I got there early and noticed a bit of humor from the staff. 

Bookstore Humour

Well done mates. 

Kat's Books

I snatched my copy of Possession and strolled through the bookstore waiting for the event to start. I had bought the first book in the series elsewhere, due to being unemployed I wasn’t able to snap up all of her books. I felt that by slowly taking advantage of Richardson’s frequent appearances around Seattle, that I would built up my library of signed books in time. Hopefully she won’t think I’m a crazy stalker. I wasn’t going to make her sign all eight books with different things, that’s asking way too much. She had others to sign for and I wanted to respect her time. 

Books signed

Book 8 (Left) Book 1 (Right)

I went alone. When she arrived I became giddy and overwhelmed with how long I had waited for this moment. Richardson was so exceptionally kind, sweet and real. She spoke to crowd as if we were all old friends, with lots of laughter and the feeling of fun in the air. 

She read a couple of passages from the new book. 

Reading

She gave us some spoilers for the ninth book (seriously can’t wait!). 

Richardson knows so much about Seattle and it’s one of the best things about her writing. She really gets out there and knows her stuff! Her books were the biggest comfort I could turn too whenever I was having a hard time in London. I am grateful to my friends that posted me her books as she was dropped from her UK publisher. (TRAGIC MISTAKE) Her writing is home and I’m so lucky to have discovered her work early on. 

Then came the best part of the evening. The book signing!

Unlike my two previous book signing adventures, of Neil Gaiman and E. L. James, for Richardson I had the chance to speak to her for more than a few seconds! I had an actual conversation and it was difficult to not cry during the joyous moment. 

Signing

Me trying to not act/look/sound stupid.

I was a complete and utter fan girl. 

Fan girl

The best part was that she remembered one of my tweets from last year:

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As if the night couldn’t get any better. 

It was inspiring to be around such a talented writer from home, who writes extremely well about monsters and creatures and Seattle things that go bump in the night. Full of mystery, spookiness and adventure. I’ve always highly encouraged anyone and everyone I know to read her series. 

I couldn’t be happier to have the chance to meet her in person. 

She signed my books with grace and words that made me weep and smile. I kicked myself because I had another one of her books but forgot it at home!

The lovely signs

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Kat Richardson for making such a silly fan like me so happy! I can’t wait to start reading! 

Ashleyisee

xx

June Reads

June Reads

Goals this month are to read some adult fiction! Long awaited grown up books that I would STILL have have patience to be published in the UK. My reviews for the following will be on my Goodreads account

11//22/63 by Steven King

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mystery #13)

Seawitch by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #7)

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevailer

I’m still working through my huge pile of YA from last month’s library haul but I also have been approved for the following:

The Island by Jen Minkman (ARC)

Demonic Dora – The Demon Diaries by Claire Chilton (ARC)

Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe (ARC)

Skin by Donna Jo Napoli (ARC)

I wish I could read faster, every time I go to the library all I want to do is check out more books. Sigh, how the time will come! 

What is one book that you’re reading this month?

Day 14 – 30 Day Book Challenge

It’s about my city (Seattle) and a hot, smart, young female private investigator, but there’s just one thing – she died for a few minutes and now can access apart of a different world known as The Grey. Who doesn’t love a story that they can read where it took place? Spooky and thrilling the first book paves the way for new world to be discovered and it just so happens that there’s a hub for the supernatural in Washington State…

Day 13 – 30 Day Book Challenge

Kat Richardson is fantastic. A local Seattle writer her wonderful Greywalker series covered vampires way before Stephanie Meyer. The series takes place in Seattle and over the years it’s been a comfort reading a well-educated science fiction series within my home. I don’t understand why the series hasn’t been commissioned for a movie or TV series yet. Well written and well researched, Kat Richardson’s writing is the cure for any book slump mood.