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Lists | Megan Mullally Book Recommendations

ListsSince I was young I have been a fan go Megan Mullally. I remember sitting up late at night and watching her on Will and Grace and loving her funny character. I have seen many interviews of her throughout the years but since the release of her book with her husband Nick Offerman I have been seeing a lot more. One I saw in particular made me adore her even more.

She was on USA Today and did a book specific talk with Nick. You can find the video online here.  I watched the entire interview and I did not realize that she was an avid reader and kept a list of books she adored on her phone. As a book nerd I can relate to having one of those.

In the interview she was asked what books would you recommend and she pulled out her phone and read off a list that she loved and Nick even commented on enjoying quite a few of them. I thought it would be fun to share the ones from her list that I am interested in reading.

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Stoner by John Williams

Stoner

I found this one interesting because this seems like a wonderfully heart breaking book. I feel like it would be beautifully written and I would be very connected to the main character. I would feel empathy for him and want only his happiness while his like takes some turns.

Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman

I feel like this book would be an interesting read that looks into gossip and how it could be dangerous. I also want to know what happens with the milkman because the description just tells you the main character just has a “encounter”.

We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed

We Begin Our Ascent

This books seems like it is about a couple with a bright future that take a turn that no one expected. For some reason I enjoy reading these types of stories not because I want to see successful people fail, but to remind myself that anything is possible and things don’t always look as they appear. I find myself thinking that this book could represent that from the description.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Flights

I have found that over the years I have not read a lot of translated books, and while this list is filled with them, this one sounded really amazing. I find it hard to put into words what this book is about. It seems almost mythological and whimsical, but also has a deep story to tell.

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While this is not the complete list of books that she recommends, please go watch the interview, it is a great list of books to try. I find that reading books that people I admire read helps me find gems that I would not have found on my own. I am hoping that this idea translates well from my friends and family members, but also to those I have watched as a fan for some time.

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#Blogoween |The Sacrifice

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Prompt:

Monday 22nd: The Sacrifice
Which characters or creatures would die first if they were in a horror movie?

Amy from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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While I adore Amy when she is an adult, as a child she is quite annoying and does not always listen to the rules. I feel like she would be sneaky and do something that she thinks would help her and then back fire pretty quickly. As you can see from this meme of the Little Women, this is a very famous quote of hers when she is younger, it kinda proves my point.

Cath from Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

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Check out the awesome illustrator Susanne!

 

While I love Cath and relate to her a lot, I feel like her head might be plotting her fan-fiction while she should be on watch. This would lead her to be distracted and then end up being her downfall sadly. You can see in this awesome illustration by Susanne she is so engrossed in her fan-fiction and not thinking about anything else.

Amelia Bedelia from the Amelia Bedelia series

by Peggy Parish

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While Amelia Bedelia is a very loved childhood staple that I can relate to, chances are she would be given instructions and would misunderstand by taking a phrase to literally and then end up in a not so good situation. As you can see by her image, she is a very happy and kind lady, I hope I am wrong about this one.

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#Blogoween | Top 5 Thriller Books

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Prompt:

Friday 19th: Top 5 Thriller Books
Which 5 Thriller books do you love and why?

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait is one of my favorite thriller I have read this year. Even though you know who the murderer is as soon as you pick up this book. You are still surprised why what happened in this novel. The characters are rich and their personalities are distinct. The human nature that is explored in this domestic thriller are just jaw dropping. I wrote an entire review on this novel, REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Ruth Ware is an amazing author, of all the books I read by her only one was not a 5 star read. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was atmospheric and in a way reminded me of Shirley Jackson. It tells the story of a young women who is desperate for money and ends up in a very interesting situation. You question what is and is not real and you absolutely feel for the character. It is surprising and wonderfully written from page one to the end. I wrote an entire review, you can read it here: REVIEW | The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling Oliver

Unraveling Oliver is the novel that started my love of Liz Nugent. Her writing is just mesmerizing. This novel was shocking and showed a disturbing side that can be hidden inside human nature. I also loved the rich characters that were in here, which some were horrible people with no redeemable characteristics, others were just amazing with their compassion. This is really an amazing thriller and I know I will be rereading this book in he future.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup

This super short thriller is one of my favorites for a few reasons. The first being it really knocked you off your feet. This short story went into a direction I did not believe, I did not think that type of surprise would be possible with so few pages. The second reason is because it is the perfect size. It is a bite sized thriller and I think it is perfect to read if you are thinking about getting into this genre of books.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 was the first real thriller I can remember reading and it made me very much excited to read more. While this is not the only Ruth Ware on this list, it is something special. Not only does this book have a very interesting setting, on a boat in international waters, it also has some interesting characters. While I read this novel I got Clue vibes, the entire time I was trying to think of the murder weapon and who committed the crime. Also, the ending made me so excited because I truly started to feel for a character I did not think I would care about. For an author to change my few as much as she did, was amazing.

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* I received The Death of Mrs. Westaway and Lying in Wait from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What is your favorite thriller?

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#Blogoween | Top 5 Non-Horror Halloween Movies

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Prompt:

Thursday 18th: Top 5 Non-Horror Halloween Movies
Which are your 5 favourite Halloween movies that aren’t horrors?

Nightmare Before Christmas

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This has always been one of my favorite Halloween/Christmas movies. I think I “borrowed” it from my friend for nearly 3 years and watched it at least 100 times. I say borrow because I would return it ever weekend and then ask to borrow it again. But, the amount that I had it I pretty much owned it at that point. It has wonderful animation, great songs, and can be creepy without being scary. Also, look at the cover of the movie, does the Pumpkin King not look epic?

Halloweentown

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Halloweentown is a very interesting Disney movie. As you can see from the cover it comes across as lively and bubbly. There are bright colors and grandma is smiling bright as can be. While the town is just beautiful and those who like in halloween times are just as bright and fun. Bad things start to happen, this is a wonderful movie that will get you into the spirt and excited for the holiday.

Hocus Pocus

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I am pretty sure at this point Hocus Pocus is a cult classic. I mean you cannot enter into fall without hearing about the Sanderson Sisters. I really do enjoy this movie. I like that it starts with a tale from long in MA past. There is town folklore that was even created for this movie, which adds even more to the feeling of Halloween. I enjoy that there are times of humor, worry, and surprise. I also enjoy that there are more than just witches in this movie.

Tower of Terror

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While Tower of Terror is not traditionally a Halloween movie, I really like watching it this time of year. It has ghosts, creepy histories, and an abandoned hotel. There are missing individuals and a party that keeps reliving the past. It has ghost investigators, but also has some good humor and can be heartfelt as well. It is a great one to watch this time of year.

Corpse Bride

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This love story has amazing animation and a great atmosphere that is perfect for Halloween. It is dark and eerie. There are ghosts, talking corpses, and a few misunderstands. There is crime, murder, and a sad story. All of these aspects really make it something I gravitate towards this time of the year. Also, another bonus is the fact that it is set in the past. That always makes things more interesting to me.

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#Blogoween | 10 Characters, Hexed & Cursed

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Prompt:

Wednesday 17th: Hexes & Curses
What 10 character would you curse, and why?

1. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling

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Dolores Umbridge has to be one of the most vile villians I have ever read. The main reason being is she looks so sweet. As you can seen in the picture above she loves pink and all things girly. She does not have the traditional look of evil, but she is so evil. She tortures students and is just rotten. She does whatever she needs to for what she THINKS is right. Dolores should be cursed for her actions against the students of Hogwarts.

2. Agatha Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl

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I first met Ms. Trunchbull when I was very young and I went to go see the movie. The first time I saw her she looked like the picture above. She looked like she was in a military uniform and she was very unfriendly. The total opposite of what a principal should be. Then came what she did to her students. I still shivery when I think about the Choke-e, not really sure how you would spell it. Anyway, she really scared me I cried so much I needed to leave the theater. She is awful and should be hexed.

3. Count Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker

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While he doesn’t look totally evil in this picture, our caped villian, killer is evil and I think he would do well to get hexed. Tricking people, drinking their blood, and all manner of being sneaky and a monster. While he looks suave and well dressed, it is important to point out his fangs and inability to see himself in a mirror. While some see him as cursed as is, I think he should be hexed as well for the things he has done.

4. Professor Moriarty from The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Moriarty has had a bit of a modern renaissance, but the original was an older professor as you see above. He was severe and cold looking and it really matched his interior as best as it could. He was a criminal mastermind and evil. He often pulled the string and made a lot of other people do his dirty work for him. In addition to this, he also protected others who broke the law and hurt other people. He should be hexed.

5. Johnathan “Black Jack” Randall from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Black Jack is just a monster in my eyes even though when you look at this character he is just a Captain in the British military who was stationed in Scotland. Someone who normally gets to this esteemed rank is usually a noble individual and has earned his uniform and rank. Contrary to his image, he is a horrible individual. He is violent, often goes to extreme measures and is very violent against women and men. HE IS SCUM. He gets his kicks by hurting others physically and emotionally. He should be cursed without a doubt in my mind.

6. The White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

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The image above shows someone who is cure of themselves, strong, and noble. While externally she is beautiful, until she eats the apple to gain immortality and transforms into the White Witch. She is cruel and full of herself, hence wanting to be immortal. She is evil toward her family and others who live in Narnia. She should be hexed for the things she has done.

7. Bellatrix Lestrange from multiple book in the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

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Bellatrix Lestrange was from a noble family and was first described as well kept and an aristocrat. As you can see by the Harry Potter adaptation her evil is more in your face and apparent. Her hair is all over, she wears all black, and her wand is bent at a sever angle. She is a Death Eater and kills people without any remorse. She not only kills strangers, muggles, but she turns against some of her own family. She deserves to be cursed for the things she has done.

8. Charles Talent Manx from NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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This graphic novel adaptation of Manx is a perfect visual representation. He is a very old man who has lived much longer than he should have. He goes after children and in my eyes that is true evil. Who goes after a damned child? Not only does he go after the children he tricked others into helping him, he is a manipulator. He is evil and should be hexed for the things he has done.

9. Annie Wilkes from Misery by Stephen King

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Annie Wilkes is a woman who dresses in simple dresses and takes good care of her self. She appears to be a normal woman, even in this picture. Until you see what is in her hands. She has no problem hurting others and controlling them when it is what she wants. When King wrote this character he made her his addiction that controlled him. She is controlling, not good for anyone, and hurts people, but she comes off as harmless. That is the farthest thing from the truth and deserved to be hexed.

10. Oliver Ryan from Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

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While right off that bat you know that Oliver is evil, the more you read the more you end up hating this man. You learn about the manipulation, the stealing, and lying. In addition to those things he does so much more, but I don’t want to spoil this novel to much. Just know that he deserved to be cursed.

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#Blogoween | Horror Movie Recommendations

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Prompt:

Saturday 13th: 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days
Throughout October I’ll be aiming to watch 31 horror movies and blogging about them. The number 2 there is because this will be a weekly feature I do where I look at the horror movies I watched that week.

So I am not watching 31 horror movies this month, but I thought it would be a fun time to share 3 of my favorite ones that I have watched and rewatched over the years. Some of these are considered classics and others not so much. But, to me they are a great example of a good horror. Some are based upon ghosts and others are more of a psychological another is both of these combined. I want to add, please pay attention to the ratings of these movies. If you are younger than the recommended age, get parent permission before watching. W

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The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick

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This is my all time favorite scary movie, even though I think the book is much better this movie was wonderful and it has all the things I look for in a scary movie. Ghosts, old hotels, and just the right amount of  “magic”. I have rewatched this movie many times over and it really is great. It is rated R, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.

Sleepy Hallow directed by Tim Burton

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This is the first Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie I think I ever watched. I always heard about Sleepy Hallow as a legend living in the North East, but I didn’t really know the story behind it so when I watched this I really liked it. While this is an adaptation and there is a Civil War Sleepy Hallow Legend which I like a bit better. I still really love this movie it is creepy, Depp plays a very interesting man of science in a time where there is little, and the magic and ghosts are great. Once again this movie is rated R, so once again make sure you are old enough to watch it.

The Secret Window directed by David Koepp

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If you are looking for soemthign that will just mess up your mind and really question what humans can do, this is the scary movie for you. This is another one I watched and rewatched and even have bought a few times because I wore out the dvd. It is a thriller that gets a bit over the time at times, but it really is made really well. This one is rated PG-13, so 13 and older.

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#Blogoween |Vampire Book Recommendations

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Prompt:

Friday 12th: Loving the monsters always ends badly for the human
I’ll be exploring my favourite creatures of the night – Vampires – and leaving a recommendation or two.

I am very excited to share some of the vampire books I have read and loved. I noticed as going through this list I used to read a lot more vampire books than I currently do. I cannot figure out why. I will need to fix this as soon as possible. Well, without more rambling, here are the books.

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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So this is one of the most creepy of the vampire books I have read to date. I really love the build of this book and the atmosphere of it. There is town folklore, history and much, much more that makes it feel real.  There is something of a mystery and it really adds to the story as well.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

So, I read this series when I was in high school, many moons ago. I ended up flying through all of the books that were out at the time. This is a paranormal romance series that the True Blood HBO series was based upon, I will tell you right now they are very different from one another.

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

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Life and Death was an enjoyable read for me. I actually really liked the fact that the characters were the opposite gender and it made rereading the story something new even though it was basically the same plot. If the rest of the series did something like this I would read it. Also, I am not ashamed for liking Twilight.  I know its faults, but I still liked them.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #1)

I remember vividly reading this on the beach. I loved reading this creepy and historical fiction-esk book in the totally “wrong” season. I also loved the writing style in this book, the combination of history and the paranormal was done so well and blended so nicely I would not doubt that some younger reads would think this is true. lol.

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Last American Vampire (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #2)

So, this is book number two that comes out after Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter and it was just as good as the first one. It really was wonderful to jump back into this reality and continue following some characters that I thought I would not see again. I also loved the choice of time period that was used. It was fun to read once again. I have picked up more of his books and I will continue to pick up more of his works.

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#Blogoween | Top 5 Books about Witches

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Prompt: Thursday 4th: Top 5 Books about Witches
List your five favourite books about witches.

This prompt is just wonderful! I love sharing books about witches, I don’t know what it is but I love reading about them all the time and throughout the year. I don’t know if it is because of my early love of the movies Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus, or just who I am and my beliefs. But, I just feel at home reading about witches. So I am here to share some of my favorite books that surround witches.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

So, this first book I always rave about. It is an amazingly written nonfiction account of the Salem Witch Trials. While this book does not deal with “real” witches, the theme and historical beliefs of what a witch are throughout this novel. This historical book is written in a manner that it makes you feel like you are reading a novel and I think it is perfect for people who are afraid to dive into nonfiction or have difficulties getting into the books they have tried.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Many Authors and Editors

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

This is a great anthology dealing with witches stories. What I love most about this collection is the fact that each author either approached the idea of a witch from a different culture or different time period. Due to this it was a fast read that I loved. If you want more details I did write a full review here. I will add that I was given a copy by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People

Now, this is not a typical witch book, but I think it deserves a place here. It is a mixture of  a thriller, paranormal, and horror. It really just depends on how you perceive it. I read this novel in one day and I really loved it. It went in a direction I did not think it was going to go at all.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Now, I know I only mentioned this book a few days ago, but it is the perfect fall book. The cover has fall colors and the book followed a family of witches, specifically two sisters who descend from a long line of witches. This story is heart follows twists and turns and the growth of these two sisters that is heart warming and filled with twists and magic.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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Now I cannot make a list about books involving witches and not talk about the original witch according to greek mythology, Circe. This is a wonderful story that follows the life of Circle that is mentioned in Odyssey. I loved this book because it give humanity and life to this character I previously had no idea excited. It showed you the court of the gods and what happens when you are banished for something you cannot truly help. I really loved this novel and I can easily see myself rereading it in the future.

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Blogoween | Fall Colored Covers

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Prompt: Tuesday 2nd: Favourite Halloween/Fall Coloured Covers
Gather your favourite covers with Halloween/Fall colours (Orange, Black, Yellow, Red, Brown) and share them in a post. You can also use books from your bookshelves to photograph and share on Instagram if you want

Todays prompt is something I am very excited about. I absolutely adore fall colors, plus it is a great way to jump into the month and really set the tone. So without more rambling, here are my favorite fall colored books!

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Not only does this book have an amazingly fall cover, it is a great book. I highly suggest reading this witch filled book even if you have watched the movie. It is very different and I love both the book and the movie.

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Irena’s Children is a perfectly yellow book that tells both a heart warming and heart breaking story of a women who travels into Nazi Germany to save young Jewish children from the horrible fate that seems to be inevitable. This is one of the best stories I have read of this kind. I vividly remember refusing to move from where I was to finish it even with others asking me to.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina not only looks liked a fall book, but it is great to read during the fall because the nights are getting longer and colder. I feel like this classic is best read during a cold evening with a blanket and a nice up of tea. This book is a timeless classic that tells a story of not only Anna, but those who meet and are related to her. I was very surprised to see that it held up so well so many years after publication.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

This red, orange and yellow book is a short and wonderful read. It is thought provoking and tells a wonderful and mysterious story. For me this book led to a lot of self reflection and throughly enjoyed it.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box

This is a wonderful horror novel that is actually very short. I think it is a great one to pick up this month that will put you into a Halloween moon. I loved the concept of this book I really enjoyed these two writing together.

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Recommendations | Fall Books 2018

RecsSince the start of September, I have been wanting to share my favorite books I love to read in the fall. This time of the year I start to read more and hide away inside as the weather gets colder. The following books I think are perfect to read this time of year.

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Little Women and Other Novels by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women and Other Novels

If you have been reading my blog for any time at all you will know that I love the Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott. Reading this series is like going home for me. It is cozy, warm, and full of love.

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

While this novel is something I only read a few months ago, it has become one I really enjoy and I see myself rereading. When I was younger I would rewatch the movie adaptation of this novel a bunch of times in the fall so I see this as a perfect Fall read. Also, if you watched the movie, this is actually very different, but very good.

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Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait is such an atmospheric novel, it is creepy, dark, and almost cold. It is a wonderful thriller. Liz Nugent has easily become one of my favorite authors when it comes to thrillers. Her writing style is very refreshing and different than others of her genera. If you want to know more about this specific book I write a review you can find here:REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorite, if not my favorite horror novels. It is more psychological and leaves a lot of the monsters and surprises to your own imagination. I feel like that makes this novel so much more impactful. This is another novel that is atmospheric, you feel the story starting light and airy like Summer and it slowly morphs into something else. Just like Summer turns into Fall.

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The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

While this is a non-fiction account of the events of the Salem witch trials, I think it is best to read in the Fall. The reason I see this is because I find that I always want to read more about dark periods of history this time of the year. I am not sure why, but I think it is because the days are getting darker and I want to read more intense reads. I will point out that this nonfictions read like a novel, it is not just a list of facts strung together. I think it is perfect for those who want to read more nonfiction, but tend to become bored or bogged down by these types of books.

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