It’s a Halloween freebie this week, so I’ve decided to talk about some of my latest reads, which have mostly been creepy/spooky type reads.
The Lost Village – Camilla Sten
I listened to this one, and this was a really creepy audiobook. I’m often distracted when listening to audiobooks, but with this one, I hung onto every word. This story features a documentary crew venturing out to this old mining village in which the villagers all disappeared. The only remaining people were a newborn abandoned in the school and a woman stoned to death.
The Girl in Red – Christina Henry
A kind of post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood, about a young woman trying to find her way to her grandmother while everyone around here is dying of, wait for it, The Cough. I had to go check the publication date and this was published in June 2019. So reading it in October 2021, I was a bit
We Are Satellites – Sarah Pinsker
Maybe not much of a creepy read, but this one is disturbing. People have been getting brain implants (called Pilots) to help them with school and work. It’s either get a Pilot or fall behind. I really like Pinsker’s books. This exploration of new technology, something that’s completely plausible in the future, kept me thinking even after I finished the book.
The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong
This is the first book in the Darkest Powers series. The main character Chloe is a teenager who can see ghosts. She gets sent to a boarding house for teens. The other residents all have secrets of their own. Slow-moving at first, it picks up at the end and leaves the reader hanging on until you move on to the next book.
Dial a for Aunties – Jesse Q Sutanto
Ok so it doesn’t scream “creepy” with its bright yellow cover. And it’s not really, but hey it’s got a dead body in it so I’m just going to count it. It was kinda funny despite its “hide the dead body” story. With a Chinese-Indonesian family at its heart, this book’s four aunties amuse with their banter and competitiveness.
Halloween’s not over yet so I’ve got more creepy books to go!
Fall takes a while to sink in. September and October tend to still be warm weather days here. So it doesn’t quite feel autumnal yet.
But once September comes around, I pivot to the spooky reads. It’s largely because of Readers Imbibing in Peril, which runs from September to end October, and encourages the reading of all things spooky. I’ve joined this challenge for many years now, and here are some books on my tbr list:
Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Linqvist
I don’t know why I haven’t read this one. Haven’t seen the movie either. But I keep hearing about it. Have you read this/seen the movie?
How We Fall Apart – Katie Zhao
A YA thriller set at a prep school where one of the students (an ex-best friend) turns up dead.
The Book of Accidents – Chuck Wendig
Something about returning to a rural hometown where creepy things happen.
Ring Shout – P. Djèli Clark
Another new-to-me writer. This is described as a dark fantasy historical novella.
Faithless – Kjell Ola Dahl
A Norwegian police detective. Might not be the best book to start with, as this is book 7 but oh well, maybe it doesn’t matter where I begin?
Clark and Division – Naomi Hirahara
A mystery set in 1944 Chicago, where a Japanese-American family has been released from internment camp.
Black Water Sister – Zen Cho
I love Cho’s writing, a lot of which is set in Malaysia or revolves around Malaysian culture.
The Dark Vault – Victoria Schwab
This combines Schwab’s books The Archived and The Unbound. And perhaps also a novella?
Quiet in Her Bones – Nalini Singh
I read my first book from Singh last month and loved it. This one is a standalone so I’m curious to see how it goes.
It’s a cheap way to travel. And especially in these times where I’m not sure about being on an airplane right now, I get to travel the world in books
It helps me go to sleep. I sometimes watch some Netflix or other streaming stuff before bed but the last thing I do before turning out the light is to read.
It lets me see the world from different perspectives. That’s why I’m glad that we are able to read from more diverse writers in recent years.
An appreciation for the written word. When you read that sentence or paragraph that moves you, that makes you reread it to just appreciate how it’s written!
It stimulates your imagination. This especially applies to speculative fiction and how writers work on world-building. But it begins right from childhood, and how imaginative and creative some picture book writers and illustrators are.
Knowledge. I don’t often read nonfiction, but when I do, there’s so many interesting and new information that just comes pouring though those books.
It’s entertaining. Books can be funny, exciting, scary, thrilling, and all that’s happening is that you’re reading words.
It helps reduce your risk of dementia. Yes, that’s some years away, but it’s always a good reason to read.
Because plenty of times, the book is better than the movie/TV series.