If you could pass out one thing this Halloween, no matter the cost, what would you pass out to everybody? For me, it would be these books I read this year.
As the month turns, I’m revisiting some favorites picked up throughout the year. No historic events here. Just fascination about what makes us scared.
What books make you face down your fears and anxieties? Also, what books would you give out this Halloween if you could?
Book Title: From Here To Eternity
Book Author: Caitlin Doughty
Dewey Decimal Call Number: 393 D
Notes: I love Caitlin Doughty’s work with the Order of the Good Death. She is part of a greater Death Positive movement, which helps people deal with and confront death in empowering, healthy ways. From Here To Eternity explores death rituals around the world and the lessons they can teach us all about meeting death on our own turns.
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Young Adult Fiction
Book Title: Half Bad
Book Author: Sally Green
Dewey Decimal Call Number: YFIC GRE
Notes: This book is the first in a trilogy about a fictional modern day world with witches. Two factions exist. There are black witches (evil and hunted) and white witches (most witches). Stuck between the two is the protagonist, Nathan, who is half White and half Black. Even though it is written with a teenage audience in mind, the story tackles race-based prejudice and systematic discrimination with no restraint. It is clear that the presence of witches is one of the least scary things about this story.
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Book Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood
Book Author: Ruth Ware
Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC WAR
This books gives some satisfaction for those of us who would rather avoid the bachelorette party weekend or class reunion. Nora receives an invitation to an old friend’s hen. They haven’t seen each other for ten years. hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Even with their dark past haunting them, Nora decides it may be time to put that behind her. Ruth Ware weaves a juicy narrative of manipulation, betrayal, and murder that made me internally scream “What is going on?” until the end.
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Book Title: The Dark Horse Book of Horror
Book Editor: Allie, Scott
Dewey Decimal Call Number: 741.5
Sometimes it is hard keeping up the energy for horror. Sometimes we just need a brain break in between candy binges. This is where anthologies like The Dark Horse Book of Horror save the day…or evening. This anthology shines particularly as a collection of collections, a stained glass work showing the breadth and depth of horror comics. There will likely be a story that grips you until the next group of trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell.
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