Do you love all things Halloween? If you answered yes, I’m sure you also love a good scary book, as well. I’m no stranger to this genre, and if I had to guess, you’re not either. Please don’t be fooled, I’ll read just about anything. But when it comes to this in particular, my spider sense tingles.
There are so many authors that come out with books tailored to this genre every year. It would be impossible for me to list all of them, let alone my favorites. Here are a choice few that are very popular with good reason:
I’ve worked in libraries for a long time, and I’ve read lots and lots of books over the years. I really like young adult fiction, and my reading tastes cover a wide range. But I have one weakness. Call it my reading kryptonite.
Mother and Son Team-up to Write Jolly Good Mysteries
After reading a couple of Charles Todd’s novels, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine that it took two creative minds to realize them. Charles and Caroline Todd’s series featuring Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard detective, is set immediately after World War I when wounds on the land and its people, both physical and mental, were still raw. Rutledge suffers from shell shock. We’d call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder these days. Trauma and healing are themes that touch almost every character.
Tom and Eliza Felps lived in a cabin on Miller Creek in Blanco County, Texas with their two children (Callie, aged 2 and Tom Jr., aged 6 months). That summer, Tom and Eliza took their children to the White ranch to stay with her mother while Eliza’s father, a county judge named Simeon Tracy White, was away on court duties. On July 21, Mrs. White kept the children while Tom and Eliza went to Cypress Creek to catch fish for dinner. There, they were attacked and killed by Comanches.
I remember the first time I heard them. It was a sunny day in 1992, either before or after school. I was a lowly freshman and was at the mercy of my big sister for rides. And if that wasn’t bad enough, guess who had control of the radio? Somehow, though (my sister took momentary leave of her senses?), that day, a powerful, snarly, thrashy, and melodic song found its way through those speakers. Could it be? Was there really music out there I actually enjoyed listening to that made me feel something?
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. There were 147 fatalities; most were women. David Von Drehle, in his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, chronicles the events leading up to and after the tragedy.
Running. Who needs it? Well, this guy. But I have a really hard time staying motivated to run, usually before I start running but even while my feet are shuffling along on the trail. Like many others out there, I get bored with running. It’s tedious, hard work, and awkward, especially if you like to do the T-Rex to conserve arm strength, which is great for that purpose but not so great when you’re scaring small children as you run past the jungle gym. Plus, after hearing the same songs or artists for long enough, it can make you go crazy. Shuffle can only help you for so long.
Recently, I was trying to find something new to read. None of my favorite authors have anything coming out in the near future, so I was a little stumped on what to read in the meantime. It just so happened that MCPL recently introduced a new Books and Reading database called BookPsychic. It looked interesting and had a catchy name, so I decided to give it a try.
I have heard from a lot of customers, lately, saying they are at a loss because they have read all of the books by their favorite authors, and now, they don't know what to read next. Has this ever happened to you? It has happened to me.