Not Too Scary Books for Halloween


Happy Halloween, friends! I am the biggest scaredy cat in the world. In 2nd grade, I got so queasy when the teacher said blood that for our spelling test it was called “the b word” before the other kids spelled out B-L-O-O-D. I had to leave the theater during Parent Trap for the ear piercing scene. The only horror movie I’ve ever seen is Pet Cemetery – and I still think about it and get freaked out fifteen years later. Here are ten books featuring suspense, magical realism, witches, vampires, ghosts, or just some great spooky vibes. None of these were too scary for me (including There’s Someone Inside Your House – the only horror novel on the list) and I hope they won’t be for you! Continue reading “Not Too Scary Books for Halloween”

Top Ten Characters I’d Invite to a Costume Party


As I said Monday morning, it’s almost Halloween. Let’s keep the theme going! The amazing folks who host this amazing book meme over at The Broke and the Bookish declared this a Halloween themed freebie. I decided to list the ten characters I’d most want to invite to a costume party. From wacky to well dressed, here are my choices: Continue reading “Top Ten Characters I’d Invite to a Costume Party”

Marry, Date or Dump: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, & Roderick Usher

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It’s almost Halloween! I’ve got my (literary!) costume picked out and am loving seeing decorations going up all around my neighborhood. Accordingly, here are three spooky characters for you to marry, date or dump. We’ve got Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster (sometimes misidentified as Frankenstein) and Roderick Usher from the Edgar Allen Poe story “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Excited to hear who you pick! And about any fun Halloween plans you have!  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, & Roderick Usher”

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Be For Halloween


Three days until Halloween and everyone should have costumes on the brain. I’m being Medusa this year, but if I wasn’t I would totally love to be any of these characters. Let me know what you think of my picks (and what your ideal literary costume would be) in the comments! Continue reading “Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Be For Halloween”

Marry, Date or Dump: Witches Edition


It’s almost Halloween. Who has their costume ready? In spirit of this spooky season, I’ve given you three literary witches to choose from for this week’s marry, date, or dump. We have Elphaba from Wicked, Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches, and Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter series. If these witches don’t speak to you, feel free to substitute any of your choices in. I can’t wait to see who you choose in the comments!

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Do You Enjoy Being Scared?


With Halloween less than a week away if people aren’t talking about their halloween costumes then they are talking about their favorite scary movies and books. It’s made me realize that I don’t have ANY favorite scary anything, because I absolutely hate to be scared. I never read Goosebumps or watched Are You Afraid of the Dark. I had to leave the movie theater when I went to see Anna and the King (yes that’s how bad it is) and ditto for the ear piercing scene in the Parent Trap remake. I really go out of my way to avoid anything with the word horror in it. Because taking a shower is scary enough with out watching Psycho and as a girl who refused to spell the blood on her 2nd grade spelling test I know that reading or going to see Stephen King’s Carrie is a recipe for disaster. Continue reading “Do You Enjoy Being Scared?”