October 2, 2017

September Book Haul · 1

Working at a bookstore is grand. I also feel like I hand my paycheck right back to them. Oops.
It's Fall, which amplifies the ambience around reading spooky books. I've been in a reading funk recently, but hopefully this will help get me out of that. I have six books that I am excited to read this season, two of the above I have already read. I decided not to stick with only horror, but also include thrillers because those have been consuming my reading time these past few months. 

From Left to Right:
Behind Closed Doors · B.A. Paris
This is about a couple who is seemingly perfect to their neighbors and friends, but inside of their house one of them is a sadist, and the other feels like a prisoner inside of the house. I adore books that focus on unsettling dynamics in relationships, much like Gone Girl, and Girl on the Train.

In a Dark, Dark Wood · Ruth Ware
I found this one on a fluke at a Barnes and Noble in Chicago and I picked it up under several recommendations. It's about a writer invited to spend a weekend at a cabin with some friends, until they realize they are not alone in the woods.

Rooms · Lauren Oliver
She is one of my favorite authors, and she has this novel about a family gathered to go through the belongings of a deceased relative, when they collide with the spirits left in the house. Oliver has a page-turning writing process and it's beautiful.

Cuckoo's Calling · Robert Galbraith
Written under a pseudonym, J.K. Rowling wrote a series of mysteries about a detective who has hit rock bottom, until his sister dies of a presumed suicide, and he is determined to get to the bottom of the case and pick himself back up.

Meddling Kids · Edgar Cantero
If the gang from Scooby Doo reunited to solve a suicide at a place that shook them during their crime-solving youth, that would be this novel. It's full of nostalgic, and although it has fantastical elements it also deals with grounded mental issues, and a blatant suspense.

Doctor Sleep · Stephen King
I have already read this novel, but I found it for five dollars and I had to pick up a physical copy. Danny Torrance is now a grown doctor and he is trying to help Abra Stone, a young girl with the Shining, escape from the True Knot, a group that feeds off of children with the Shining.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes · Stephen King
This is a collection of short stories by King that was gifted to me last Christmas and I finally have the time to get my hands on. I've been in a bit of a reading lull, but hopefully short stories will be the thing I need to get back into reading.

Girl on the Train · Paula Hawkins
I could talk about this novel for hours. Three women: one dead, one bitter, and one who was intoxicated at the scene of the crime, and they all have a common denominator. I finished this book in about two days; it's the definition of being on the edge of your seat.

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