21 October 2014

10 Reads to get in the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is fast approaching so it's time to share some books that are brilliant for this time of year; zombies, witches, and vampires from kid's books to classics. I have a bunch if these on my To-Read list and hopefully I will get round to reading them this Halloween.

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Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg, ISBN: 9780140565812

"A big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton live in the dark cellar of a dark house on a dark hill. The skeletons venture out one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals in the zoo" (Goodreads)

World War Z by Max Brooks, ISBN: 9780307346605

"The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. "World War Z" is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years. " (Goodreads)

The Witches by Roald Dahl, ISBN: 9780590032490

"This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don't ride around on broomsticks. They don't even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Well, if you don't know yet you'd better find out quickly-because there's nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she'll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. " (Goodreads)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman, ISBN: 9780061139376

"Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures." (Goodreads)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, ISBN: 9780060530921

"After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own." (Goodreads)

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Feed by Mira Grant, ISBN: 9780316081054

"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. " (Goodreads)

The Shining by Stephen King, ISBN: 9780450040184

"Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control. " (Goodreads)

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, ISBN: 9780061020667

"Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don't have leaders. Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didn't have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe..." (Goodreads)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ISBN: 9780141439471

"At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein." (Goodreads)

Dracula by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9780393970128

"Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, travels to Castle Dracula in the Eastern European country of Transylvania to conclude a real estate transaction with a nobleman named Count Dracula. As Harker wends his way through the picturesque countryside, the local peasants warn him about his destination, giving him crucifixes and other charms against evil and uttering strange words that Harker later translates into “vampire."" (Sparknotes)


  1. Man, how do you pick just ONE Stephen King book to put on here?! There are SO many! Awesome list!

    1. I know, he has so many! I think I went for the one I want to read most :P Thinking about it now though I could easily have a go at least 5 of his titles

  2. So many great titles here! I haven't actually read The Shining yet, but I do want to. IT is another fabulously creepy read!

    1. But IT is too scary! I don't normally do scary books and I haven't read The Shining either but I think I could attempt to read it. But I look at some of the Stephen King books and can just physically see nightmares waiting to happen!