Having never been a “theme” based reader before, I decided this year that October should be a month for reading spooky, scary stories. I am not a huge fan of horror movies I just can’t seem to get my head around them. However, when it comes to scary books I am less of a chicken. Having said that I still occasionally gaze over the top of my book to see if I am alone.
I have so far in 9 days managed to read 4 books. Three of them were from my own collection and one was a book I was given from Netgalley. For me, this is a record in itself. I have never been a fast reader but reading books with the purpose of providing a review has seen my ability to finish a book in a few days compared to a week or so in the past.
But I have strolled from my point.
As I stated above, I have finished 4 books, I was expecting by now to be scared out of my wits and want to read only children’s books for the rest of my life. But the opposite has happened. Sure some of the books have creeped me out slightly but, in general, what I have found are stories that whilst have a scary edge to them, they offer something more. Characters that find a way to get through dire situations or solve a mystery and storylines that are both interesting, confronting in some circumstances and heartwarming in others.
I am so pleased that I decided to do this whole themed reading idea so I have discovered some great stories that have been sitting on my bookshelves waiting patiently for me to realise how great they are. Hopefully, before the end of October, I will have discovered many more.
Books read so far:
The Hoarder – Jess Kidd (Netgalley)
Creepers – Joanne Dahme
The Greatcoat – Helen Dunmore
Red Hill – Jamie McGuire