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Monday, August 19, 2013

100 Days of Halloween....Halloween Reads

I'm a big movie watcher during the Halloween Season. Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Sleepy Hollow all must be watched sometime during October, usually at night or on a gloomy day with popcorn, hot chocolate and under a blanket with the dog. But, I also love to read. I don't have a big list of Halloween books that I read year after year but, I'd like to grow that list, so please respond and I'll post your favorite reads.

The one book I do read right around Halloween is The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs. It's the first in a series of books about Lewis Barnavelt. If you haven't read it, here's a sysnopsis from Goodreads:

"Lewis always dreamed of living in an old house full of secret passageways, hidden rooms, and big marble fireplaces. And suddenly, after the death of his parents, he finds himself in just such a mansion--his Uncle Jonathan's. When he discovers that his big friendly uncle is also a wizard, Lewis has a hard time keeping himself from jumping up and down in his seat. Unfortunately, what Lewis doesn't bank on is the fact that the previous owner of the mansion was also a wizard--but an evil one who has placed a tick-tocking clock somewhere in the bowels of the house, marking off the minutes until the end of the world. And when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead on Halloween night, the clock only ticks louder and faster. Doomsday draws near--unless Lewis can stop the clock."

Yes, it is a book for elementary aged children but, a good book is a good book! I love the characters, especially Rose Rita Pottinger and I really want a neighbor just like Mrs. Zimmerman. The second book in the series is The Figure in the Shadows, followed by The Letter, the Witch and the Ring which I've yet to read as it's really hard to find...I might have to go over to Amazon for a splurge for a Halloween treat....

Please let me know what you like to read during Halloween so I can grow my list and share with everyone.


  1. Hi Joane,
    I'm in the process of collecting Halloween books as well.
    Here are some that I have aquired,
    1)The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. It is a young adult series about a family who moves into their Aunt's old home. There's goblins, elves, a house bogart/brownie and all kinds of adventure. There is a volume that contains the whole series, which I have.
    2)The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, It's a classic. It's been reissued lately and the cover leaf design is wonderful.
    3) Halloween Party, A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie
    4) Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, One of my personal favorites and
    5) The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. I've read this three times and I never tire of it.
    Happy Reading!

  2. A few of my favorites are "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffman (of course), "The Witch's Daughter" by Paula Brackston, "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe, "The Near Witch" by Victoria Schwab, and "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman. Now I'm off to Amazon to check out the series you recommended!



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  4. I just did a post about things to WATCH at Halloween time. I would love to have you visit and add your ideas.