Kate’s second instalment of book recommendations are perfect for this spooky season. (Read her first instalment of recommendations here).
I love the arrival of fall. It means colourful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, cozy sweaters, and, hopefully, some rainy afternoons with a good book in hand. With the weather turning and Halloween approaching, I always find my literature choices veer to the darker end of the spectrum. Suspense, thrillers, mysteries; they’re all fair game for me now. Here are some of my all-time favourites to help jump start your fall reading.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
While Ray Bradbury is better known for his adult fiction (his works such as Fahrenheit 451 are very popular in English Lit classes) his kid’s books are just as delightful. My particular favourite is The Halloween Tree. The story opens on Halloween, with a band of friends gathering, eager to run amok. When they discover a member of their group is missing, they must turn to a mysterious stranger for help. Only by travelling through time and space to learn the true meaning of Halloween can the boys hope to save their lost friend. This fabulous book offers a bit of everything; it’s spooky, educational, funny, and emotional and appeals to a wide range of readers. Plus, it’s not that long, making it a perfect family read.
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
What do you get when you cross vampires, witches, time travel, and alchemy? You get the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The story begins with Diana Bishop. Haunted by the murder of her parents decades before, Diana tries to repress her magical abilities believing that magic and the murders are somehow linked. But when she stumbles across an ancient alchemy text she is pulled into a centuries-long mystery that people, including her parents, are prepared to die for. Through the series Diana must unravel the secrets of her parents’ deaths while learning to accept who she is in order to survive. Full of fast-paced action, lively characters, and twisting plot this series is a great choice if you’re looking for a fun, supernatural adventure.