Monday, October 10, 2016

Frightful Fall Favorites




     Happy October everyone! I hope everyone is as excited for fall as I am, although it is hard for me since I live in Florida and it's going to be in the 80s for the next like month. But nevertheless, I am extremely excited.

     The season of pumpkin everything has come upon us (even my pumpkin-spice flavored blog lol). When this time of year does come around, its a great chance to get all cozy under a blanket with a good book and a hot chocolate. Since it's fall and Halloween and is quickly approaching, I believe it's a good time to give a list of my not-so-scary fall favorites; don't be mislead by the title of this blogpost, almost none of these books are actually that scary. So sit back, grab a pumpkin-spice latte, a warm blanket, and enjoy!



1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wow, would you look at that? I referenced a Harry Potter book again. I feel like this series makes all the lists I create, and I'm sorry, but it just fits everything so well. It's spooky, there's witches and wizards, some magic, and they even have a Halloween feast in it, how perfect. This book, to me, is the epitome of fall. Don't question me on this. If you have not gotten around to reading this series at some point in your life, or are overdue for a reread, then fall is the perfect time to fit this little gem into your to-be-read list. Nothing starts up the fall spirit like reading Harry Potter and binge watching all eight movies.









2. Twilight

     Well, well, well, it's the other book series that makes it on my lists... every... single... time... But there's vampires, werewolves, and even an apple on the cover. I always relate Twilight to fall, probably because it takes place in the most fall-like place in America, and not to mention the blood-sucking and shape-shifting teenagers. All four books arevery long, so you will have tons of time to be submerged in the Twilight universe, and possibly start to realize you're actually a vampire and why you never knew this before.











3. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

I had never heard about this book until I saw it for 3 dollars in the Books-A-Million bargain books section, and I honestly didn't even read the back or anything so I had no idea what it was about. Apparently it's about vampires and towns in which people are quarantined, called Coldtowns, if they are suspected of having the vampire virus. I'm only on chapter 4, so that's really I know so far. The atmosphere of the book feels really fall-like though, and John Green says it's ne of his "all-time favorite fantasy novel settings" so it has to be good.












4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

     This book is spooky. Honestly, it kind of scared me when I read it a couple years ago. That makes it the perfect book to read for Halloween! Maybe you can even get some cool Halloween costume ideas out of it. Plus, the movie is out in theatres right now, so you don't even have to wait for it to come out when you read this book this fall, if you haven't already. The pictures that are in the book are also kind of creepy, which adds to the dark theme of the novel, and they are quite peculiar.










5. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Most people have probably read this sometime in the childhood, but it would be a nice reread for the autumnal season. It's dark, at times creepy, and momentarily gruesome. That seems to be the theme for most autumnal novels. Yay fall books! The movie even has Jim Carey in it, so how much more could you want? 















6. IT

     With the whole clown crisis going on, maybe this is a touchy subject lol. The day I find a clown somewhere is the day I will move to a deserted island and live off the land. Clowns are scary and everyone knows it, especially when they eat children, like It fo example. I have never read It, and this is probably the scariest book I would be willing to read. I actually really do want to read some Stephen King books, but maybe not starting out with It, maybe going with a more mild one first. I have never seen the movie either, so I am going to try and get out of my teen-fantasy-novel-comfort zone and read and watch some more... unique... things.









7. Catcher in the Rye

Odds are, you probably read this book for school, but that doesn't make it any less great for fall. Holden wades through snow in New York City, on his journey for self-discovery. I'm sure most people can relate to that. Personally, I really enjoyed this book when I read it in my sophomore year, and it still is one of my favorite books that I had to read for school. It's a great book for a person of any age, high school, middle school. college, adult, whoever.














8. The Hobbit

     The Hobbit is one of the most interesting and immersive books I have ever read. The travels of Bilbo Baggins were so unique and creative, and it's also dark and cozy-feeling. It has that warm feeling when you read a really great book. And the movies were just as good.















9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I have yet to read this book, but honestly I really enjoyed the movie, although I know it was horibl cheesy and most people hated it. My parents hated it and when they asked if I wanted to keep it from RedBox, I said "oh... no... it was awful... let's return it." So many regrets. I feel like, from what I've seen in descriptions, this book may be slightly confusing as it's Jane Austen's victorian writing mixed with modern writing. But there's zombies, so it's great for fall!














10. Beautiful Creatures

     Beautiful Creatures is another book that is the epitome of a fall/Halloween book. The witches are great, both the bad and the good, the setting is perfect, and the love story is different. It isn't a mushy, gushy love story, it's one where they make each other stronger, which is personally my favorite.Also, I think the powers the witches have are completely awesome, and their back stories are intriguing. Although I haven't seen the movie in a VERY long time, I believe that it was great as well.












     So that is it for my Frightful Fall Favorittes, I hope this gave you some ideas for your fall reading list and pulled you out of any reading slumps since this is the best time of year for reading. Obviously there are many fantastic novels that bring out the fall spirit, but these are the ones that came to mind first and ones I truly liked or wish to read. If you have any more ideas for books, please comment them down below for other people to get more ideas, and for myself :) Thank you for reading!


                                                                                                                              Taylor