Monday, October 19, 2015

Top Ten: Books that Will Keep You Up at Night

Top Ten Books That Will Keep You Up At Night
Top Ten is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

1. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong: This book is my ultimate October recommendation. This book is super fast paced and incorporates mystery, action, and ghosts. I was sitting at the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this book. If you want a unique and spooky read, this is the book for you.

2. The Caster Chronicles by Margaret Stohl and Kami GarciaStohl and Garcia know how  to blend mystery and suspense with romance. This series is comprised of some of my ultimate favorite spooky reads. The atmosphere of this series is dark and suspenseful. You never know what is to come. Your favorite character might be here today and then dead tomorrow, which rips the reader's heart out but is also super scary.

3. Vampire Diaries Series by L. J. Smith: I love me some vampires, and L. J. Smith knows how to write about swoon worthy ones! If you love the TV show, you'll love the books. The books are completely different from the show and are a lot more eerie. Perfect for a cold, dark October night! 

4. Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz: This book freaked me out. Take my advice and do NOT read this book while you are home alone. This book is about a stalker and how he or she is always lurking around the main character's house. This book is scary because it is realistic. Although I was upset about who the stalker ended up being, I still loved how frightening this book was.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily BronteSeeing as though I'm an English major, I have to promote a classic thriller. This book was one of the first classics that I read and loved. This book takes place in an eerie mansion and includes a blend of psychological and historical elements to produce a well-written gothic novel. I highly recommend this book as it is creepy and heartbreakingly beautiful.

6. Dracula by Bram Stoker: Like I previously stated, vampires are the best. That being said, more people need to go back to the original vampire, Dracula. 

7. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: This is a very intriguing book. I have not read the other books in this trilogy, but my friends have informed me that they are just as eerie and good as the first. This book contains many gruesome images of ghosts and graveyards, which makes it a perfect book to read in the Halloween season.

8. The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine: This series is by far one of the best vampire series out there. This series mixes realistic fiction with the supernatural, which puts a unique spin on the overdone vampire love story.

9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: This series is amazing as I'm sure you already know. This series has action, vampires, and drama: the elements of perfect October reads. 

10. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: I really enjoyed this book. I have yet to read the rest of the series, but this first book was intriguing and had a spooky feel to it. There's a lot more to Patch than meets the eye. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween and Harry Potter

     Although I am an avid reader who will read just about anything, I do not like Harry Potter, and I have not read past the second book. I know what most of you are thinking. You're probably thinking I'm crazy. I always thought to myself "Why bother reading the books when they have already been made into movies?" I know, that's another thing most book enthusiasts do not say. Normally, I wouldn't either. However, the Harry Potter books are so incredibly long, and as an English major, I do not have much time to read books for fun.

     Nonetheless, Sasha Alsberg (from the book tube channel abookutopia) has inspired me to consider picking up the books. If you do not already know, Sasha was like me and had not read any of the books until a couple of months ago when she started ravenously reading them. Additionally, I have attended two book signings in the past month (Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater), and both of them made remarks about Harry Potter and their houses. In case you are wondering, Rainbow Rowell is a Gryffindor (much to her dismay). When I got home from the Rainbow Rowell singing, I took a sorting hat test and was deemed me a Ravenclaw. 
     All in all, the enthusiasm behind Harry Potter and the spooky Halloween season that is upon us is quickly convincing me to give the books another try. I will keep you guys posted on my progress through the Harry Potter books as well as through the other scary books I have in store for this month. I'm hoping to get a lot of reading and blogging done next week during my short break from school. Anyway, what better season is there to read books concerning magic, wizards, witches and demons? 
Happy reading! 

- macy ♥
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