I have seen quite a few weekly book list’s out there since I started this blog and I do like the idea of every week doing a Themed list. I’m not going to do the Tuesday Top Ten as a lot of people do, not when whole point of this blog is to thing’s my way and so every week I will do my own version’s of a themed must read list starting with this one Friday’s Fabulous Five, I’ll probably mix it up a bit and do a different day here and there just so it doesn’t get boring. So here’s my first themed must read list, and in honor of Halloween the theme is Spooky/Paranormal/Magical. . .But don’t worry there isn’t so much as a hint of a certain boy wizard.
1. The Third Circle (The Arcane Society Series #4) ~ Amanda Quick
Leona Hewitt, disguised in men’s formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to find a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is in the dimly lit gallery on the same errand – a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance. The first on my list isn’t so much scary but it doe’s fall in the Paranormal bracket, it is a fascinating story and not something that I would usually pick, but a friend lent me her copy and I was hooked. Definitely worth a look.
2. The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tale’s ~ Kate Mosse
A wonderfully atmospheric collection of short stories, rooted deep in the landscape and inspired by traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by ghosts and spirits seeking revenge; by grief-struck women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny – all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc. I love Kate Mosse her Languedoc Trilogy is stunning but this one is just right for Halloween, there is some very spooky little tale’s in this book.
3. The Night Circus ~ Erin Morganstern
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths. But behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians. My librarian introduced me to this one and it is an interesting story but some time’s it can get a little confusing as it jump’s from one era to another, it’s not scary but it is very magical. It is an enchanting read.
4. The Nosferatu Scroll ~ James Becker
Holidaying in Venice, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis discover a desecrated tomb. Inside is a female skeleton and an arcane diary dating back hundreds of years. Written in Latin, it references a scroll that will provide an answer to an ancient secret. This isn’t your usual James Becker Thriller but it is a good one and in place’s quite scary with Vampire’s rampaging around Venice and the not so famous Island of the Dead, just right for Halloween.
5. Macbeth ~ William Shakespeare
Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble. . .I think everyone know’s this so I shouldn’t really need to tell you what it’s about, there are ghost’s, witch’s, murder and paranoia at every turn what more could you want for a Halloween story, but beyond that it is such a classic. This was the first Shakespeare that I ever read and I was hooked from start to finish it is so good, this one has always been my favorite and I can read it again and again and not get bored.