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Fortnight of Fright 2017 | A Trip to Salem (Lauren from Bookmark Lit)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Lauren from Bookmark Lit is sharing about her recent trip to Salem, MA! I went to Salem last year and LOVED it so I’m especially excited to share her post today!


I’m so excited to be here for another year of Fortnight of Fright! My posts usually consist of recommendations for scaredy cats around Halloween, since I don’t do as well with things too gory or spooky (here and here!). Don’t get me wrong… I’ve seen a fair share of horror movies in my younger days. My boyfriend, on the other hand, avoids scary things at all costs. I think it’s made me less brave when it comes to those things!

In any case, I’m here to chat about my recent trip to Salem, MA and all of the barely-scary or not-at-all-scary things we did there. It was for my birthday so Chris wasn’t allowed to complain, but I don’t think we did anything that really creeped him out. I’ve always wanted to go to Salem, so this was a really fun trip for me.

We started out by getting some lunch outside at a fairly forgettable tavern, so I won’t even bother looking that place up. There are some cool tours and museums, like the Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village. When we went in early September, there was a third attraction associated with them that we weren’t able to go to. We went through the small wax museum, which was moderately interesting, and then the “witch village,” which talked about witches throughout history. It was really cool to take in all of that history because it’s not something I remembered a lot of throughout high school. Right up that little street there’s also the Burying Point and Witch Trials Memorial, which were cool to see both during the day and at night.

There are so many cute little streets for shopping too! We found Harry Potter-themed stores called Wynott’s Wands and some other store that I seriously can’t find the name for. They’re right next to each other so I’m sure you’ll find it 😉 The first store obviously has WANDS and the second one has a lot of wizarding/witchy products across different fandoms (I saw mostly Harry Potter but there were some Game of Thrones things too!).

Even though we already learned plenty about Salem’s history, we kept going with the Salem Witch Museum. I felt like there was probably no better place to check out to learn even more. To be honest, it got a LITTLE repetitive because we had already seen two similar tours. I liked the format of this one though, because they had little animatronic scenes to talk about the full history of the witch trials. Then, there was a walk-through section that talked about types of witches throughout history and modern day “witch trials.”

I knew I wanted to check out the water and have a nice birthday dinner in that section of town, so we took the short walk from the Witch Museum to Finz. They had a smaller menu but it was full of delicious seafood options, which is exactly what I wanted. The waterfront section of Salem is really pretty; there was even a wedding taking place right there. I made sure to take advantage of some seasonal beers even though I wish I tried local brews instead (I can still get plenty of them since I live less than two hours from Salem, though!).

We finished the night with arguably the best part of our trip. There are plenty of nighttime Salem tours to take you around the city on foot. We found a great one in the Salem Night Tour because our host was unbelievable. She was funny and interesting; you could tell she really had a passion for everything she was talking about. We walked around the city for an hour or two while she pointed out historical landmarks, haunted spots, and places where Hocus Pocus filmed. It wasn’t really scary, which was nice, but it was really fun and atmospheric to walk around like that at night! Definitely a great way to end the trip.

Thanks so much, Lauren! We did a lot of those things too and I loved the Salem Night Tour! I nearly killed Alyssa and Amy when the tour guide announced it as a ghost tour but you’re right — it really wasn’t scary! Thanks so much for sharing today!

You can also see my own post about my Salem trip as previously posted on my blog!

Fortnight of Fright 2017 | Fall Traditions (Jessie from Goldilox and the Three Weres)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Jessie from Goldilox and the Three Weres is sharing her Fall Traditions! Check out her fall routines and say hello!

Jessie H.
Twitter: @BookishJessi
Blog: Goldilox and the Three Weres

Fortnight of Fright Fall Traditions Post

Hello! My name is Jessie! And I have a confession to make. As soon as October 1st hits, I become a total creature of habit. I have traditions and by golly I will celebrate them every year!

I pull out my battered and well-loved combat boots whether it’s cold enough to wear them or not. I rewatch the same favorite Halloween movies. I drink gallons of spiced hot cider. I reread the same books. And I celebrate All Hallow Reads. Today, I’m going to be talking about a few of the fall traditions I just can’t not follow each year.

The Movies

My family has this awesome tradition of celebrating Halloween with a week of movie nights. No matter if we live close to each other or not, we all watch the same movie each day and we share our thoughts and feelings with each other the next time we see each other or talk on the phone.

While we try to add at least one new-to-us Halloween movie to the line-up each year, we have our favorites. We usually watch the classics like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Coraline, and Casper. For me, I have one movie I have to watch for it to feel like Halloween and that’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve been enchanted with this delightfully weird movie since I’ve been a small child and I never tire of it. I’ve been known to start humming “This is Halloween” randomly through out October as I try to beat my record of how many times I can rewatch it between October 1st and December 25th.

The Books

I love reading books that have an eerie atmosphere or a spooky setting in the month of October but I have two books that I HAVE to read every year.

The first is Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October. I have been rereading this book every October for years thanks to the recommendation of Neil Gaiman. It has thirty-one chapters so you can read one each night like a Halloween advent calendar. It’s the story of an eldritch scavenger hunt between some of the most famous horror names in literature. It’s told from the perspective of Snuff, the familiar of the man named Jack. It’s fun trying to figure out which familiar belongs to which famous character. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s just so quintessentially Halloween.

The second book is Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. This book is a delightfully magical and special story about a boy who grows up in graveyard among the ghosts and other creatures. Since it’s about a boy who grows up in a graveyard you’d expect it to be creepy, but it’s actually really heartwarming. Not that it isn’t creepy and a bit macabre in parts, but you just don’t expect a story that takes place in a graveyard to be touching. But it really is, despite some somewhat gruesome elements. It’s also exciting! And funny! It also has two excellent audiobooks (one narrated by the author and a full-cast production) and a two volume graphic novel adaption if you want to switch things up.

All Hallow’s Read

I’ve been participating in All Hallows Read since 2013 and it’s been delightful! Basically, it’s a holiday made up by Neil Gaiman that gives us all an excuse to giveaway books the whole week around Halloween. My group of friends and I have adopted this holiday as a reason to get together and exchange spooky books with each other and eat a metric ton of Halloween candy. I also try to find a couple of classrooms, children’s hospitals, or women’s shelters I can donate to. Last year, I gave out copies of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This year, it’s a tie between The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken and Beanstalker by Kiersten White. Books are always a gift that keeps on giving. 🙂


Thanks so much, Jessie! I adore your fall traditions and have some of the same! I love watching Hocus Pocus every year along with some other TV shows and movies! 

Fortnight of Fright 2017 | 5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween (Angela’s Library)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Angela from Angela’s Library is sharing her Halloween reading recommendations! Check out her recs below!

5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween
By Angela Cabezas from Angela’s Library

Hi, everyone! I’m so pleased to be participating in Fortnight of Fright for the third year running. I’m generally a big wuss when it comes to scary movies, but I love me some creepy books. Below is a list of my top five recommendations for Halloween reads.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Zombie books usually gross me out, but Summers’ take on zombies is fascinatingly original. What truly makes this story terrifying isn’t the zombie apocalypse that’s taking place, but the mindset of the protagonist, a girl named Sloane who wants nothing more than to end her own life; Sloane’s broken mind is far more horrific than the events going on around her, although those are chilling as well. Another factor that makes this book so interesting is the Breakfast Club-from-hell vibe. Sloane and five other teens, all very different, are barricaded inside a high school together, and the desperation and tensions threaten to destroy them before the zombies do. (Read my review here.)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: My love for this novel knows no bounds, to the point where it’s hard for me to write coherently about it. Instead, I tend to simply gush and ramble about how it’s dark and sensuous and horrifying and thrilling all at once. The book starts with 17-year-old Tana waking up after a party to find she’s one of the sole survivors of a vampire massacre. Traumatized, Tana escapes with her newly infected ex-boyfriend and an ancient, possibly mad vampire whom she’s rescued from his bloodthirsty peers. Knowing the three of them aren’t safe to be around normal society, Tana checks them all into Coldtown, a vampire quarantine where people often go in…but rarely come out. Their adventures and dangers ensue from there.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender: Alender’s novel has all the trappings of a great spooky read: an abandoned insane asylum, eerie ghosts, and a malicious force that hungers for the spirits of girls. When young Delia inherits the Piven Institute, a defunct mental hospital, from her great-aunt, little does she know she’ll be doomed to stay there the rest of her life…and afterlife. (Read my review here.)

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy: Sirowy’s mystery/thriller tells the story of two little girls who go missing. One of the girls, Stella, eventually returns with no memory of what happened to her. The other girl is never seen again. The case grows cold until, years later, a body is found that bears an eerie resemblance to the missing girl. The incident inspires Stella to finally try to get to the bottom of what happened all those years ago…and the answer will shock and horrify you. In fact, it’s what makes the book so impressive; I nearly gave up on this novel several times, but the ending was so epic that it turned around my entire reading experience. (Read my review here.)

Project CAIN by Geoffrey Girard: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to discover you’re a clone? And not just any clone, but the clone of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer? This is the premise of Project CAIN, a marvelous but chilling read. The whole time I was reading, I kept waiting for Jeff to snap and give in to his dark biological tendencies. It’s a peculiar thing to be afraid of a narrator, but it worked perfectly in this case. (Read my review here.)

Thanks so much, Angela! I’ve only read a couple of these but have a few more on my TBR! Thanks so much for your post today! 

A Fortnight of Fright 2017 | Intro & Sign-Ups!


October 17th – October 31st, 2017

Wow. I can’t believe we are doing this for a SIXTH year in a row! Alyssa (blog and Twitter), Amy (blog and Twitter) and I try and host this two week feature where we celebrate all things Autumn and (if you want) HALLOWEEN!

I am basically just going to copy the same blurb I have for years cause 1. I am lazy and 2. It’s the pertinent info that ya need….SO for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to Autumn and Halloween! We work with you guys and sometimes amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MOAR! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!

Sign ups will be open from 9/11 – 9/22 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/9 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17 – 10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Wondering what we had going on from years past? Check it out:




Fortnight of Fright 2016 | Q&A With Stalking Jack the Ripper Author Kerri Maniscalco!


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

I’m so excited to share a fun Halloween Q&A with Stalking Jack the Ripper author Kerri Maniscalco! Kerri is such a lovely person and she was gracious enough to participate in a Fortnight of Fright even though it was RIGHT after her book launch. Check it out below!

I’m a total chicken when it comes to horror and yet Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! What’s your favorite part about Halloweentime?

Is it cheating if I say EVERYTHING?! I grew up in New York and absolutely *love* the fall and changing leaves. Running around in costumes, crunching fallen leaves and breathing in the scent of leaves and firewood—it’s as if the whole earth is celebrating before the winter rolls in. So yeah, the entire season in general—the fun/creepy movies and shows on tv, and books that make me want to snuggle up with tea and fuzzy socks. Those are part of my favorite Halloweentime things 😀

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is such an excellent, atmospheric read for Halloween. Did you always feel drawn to write horror?

Aww thank you so much! I’m glad you think so! I am a giant fan of mysteries and thrillers and grade B horror movies. So when I set out to write this book, I wanted to take elements of my favorite fall things and sort of combine them together. I love Poe’s brand of horror—horror that borders more on the psychological uncertainty than the gross-out variety—and wanted to weave shades of horror throughout, but not be too heavy-handed with it. My favorite reads are the ones that treat atmosphere and setting as if they were unsettling characters themselves, and hope readers who enjoy that find those elements in SJTR.

I read in your bio that you grew up in a semi-haunted house! What’s the creepiest thing that ever happened there?

Oh my gosh, how much time do we have?? I think one of the creepiest things that ever happened was when my best friend and I were in the kitchen getting an after-school snack and heard this little kid laughing uncontrollably in the foyer. It was on the opposite end of the house and we thought my mom and younger sister had just come in and ran to go help them with groceries…only no one else was home. The tv wasn’t on. The radio wasn’t on. No open computers or electronics in any way. We went through the whole house, CONVINCED my sister was home and was messing with us. When my mom pulled into the driveway several minutes later and my sister got out of the car we were so freaked out! We later found out through old documents that a child had lived and died in the home a long time before then.

Do you think your experience with the haunted house started your love for the delightfully spooky?

I think it definitely helped my muse form its admiration for the creepy and unusual! It also really helped form my love of history because parts of our house were dated to the Revolutionary War era and other sections were added on in the 1800s. We were always finding cool things on the property and in the walls whenever we’d do a renovation. Old toys, vintage marbles, really cool and weird things. They were like little treasures growing up. I loved making up stories of who they could have belonged to and what their life might have been like.

What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions? (Movies? TV episodes? Haunted houses?)

When I still lived in NY I really loved traveling up to the Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride in Ulster Park, but really I enjoy any corn maze or haunted house. I also love going to pumpkin patches and searching for the perfect gourde to carve up. Much like my main character enjoys carving corpses, I think 😀

What’s the best Halloween costume you ever had? (Or have ever seen?)

My mom used to make all of our costumes and I’d be hard pressed to choose my favorite. One year I was a mermaid. Another I was a butterfly. Actually…maybe this year is one of my favorite costumes…I bought this Rey (from Start Wars) cosplay outfit and I am SO EXCITED to wear it out! I will be posting a bunch of embarrassing pictures all over the interwebs, for sure.

I always love reading spooky or atmospheric reads around Halloweentime! What are some of your go-to recommendations for readers looking for the perfect Halloween novel?

Me too! They are The Best! Classic-wise I always say Poe. I love The Fall of the House of Usher or A Cask of Amontillado. More recent? I cannot get enough of Cat Winters’ work. IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING are FULL of atmosphere and are beautifully written. I’m DYING for ODD AND TRUE. I mean…here’s the pitch for that and I seriously cannot wait to see what she does with it:  “A dark Edwardian tale involving two sisters, American monster legends, family secrets, and the war between reality and imagination.” YASSSSS, PLEASE.

If you could hang out with one creature/ghost/monster/witch/villain, who would you want to get to know better and why?

Ooooooh GREAT question! I really love villains, especially ones who are more or less in that gray area as far as their evil deeds are concerned. I absolutely ADORE the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. He was definitely a villain, and yet his backstory and the way he really believed he was protecting the Grisha was fascinating to watch unfold. I always hear the song “Sympathy for the Devil” in my head when thinking of favorite villains, and think that’s the quality in a nutshell that I gravitate towards. Dark characters who are still relatable and sympathetic as opposed to full-out evil.

Thanks so much to Kerri Maniscalco for this awesome and fun interview! Her book, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, is on sale now (and I personally enjoyed it so much!) – check out some book details below!


kerri maniscalco

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

Buy links:

Goodreads   |   Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |  Indiebound


kerri maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, a #1 NYT Bestseller, is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.


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Fortnight of Fright 2016 | Not-So-Scary Villains (April from Between the Pages)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, April from Between the Pages is sharing some not-so-scary villains!

So I am super excited to be participating in the Fortnight of Fright hosted by On The Same Page and share my Not So Scary Villains with everyone.  I know, I know its Halloween and Fortnight of Fright, and I choose something not scary, well I’m a big fat chicken and don’t do scary AT ALL!!!  

My Not So Scary Villains

TV/Movie Villains:

Hook | I mean I know he’s supposed to be a bad guy, but he is way too cute for anyone to really be afraid of him.

Evil Queen | Maybe it is the way they portray her on TV, but I’ve never actually thought of her as scary.

Loki | He may be my favorite movie villain of all time. He’s more mischievous than scary, and well he is kind of cute too, which helps.

Darth Vader | I admit he is a tiny bit scary, well at least he was to me as a child, but now, nope just a misguided dad who needs a hug.

Voldemort | What freaks me about him was his lack of nose, and yes I know snakes do not have a nose, but it creeped me out.

Dracula | Dracula Untold….It’s Luke Evan, and no matter what character he plays, he is way too cute to be scary…

Book Villains:

Warner | Shatter Me Series | yeah loved him from the start. He tried to be the bad guy, but did not succeed. At least he was not a scary bad guy.

Levana | The Lunar Chronicles | She could have been scary, but to me she just seemed desperate.

President Snow | The Hunger Games Trilogy | He’s like Levana –  he was desperate to have things his way and when it did not work out that way, he decided to kill everyone. Not scary, more pathetic.

So there they are my picks for Not So Scary Villains. I know there are more out there, who would you pick?

Thanks, April! I love your choices and totally agree. Those are some amazing villains there!

Fortnight of Fright 2016 | Book Review (Ashley from Must Love Books )


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Ashley from Must Love Books is sharing a review for AND THE TREES CREPT IN! Check it out below!!

And The Trees Crept In

Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night…a man no one else can see?

I am most definitely a person who judges a book by it’s cover and this book totally caught my eye. It was released this September and ended up being a perfect creepy Halloween read. I’m also a major audio book person and I decided after listening to a sample, I’d download it. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed! This is the first book I’ve listened to that was narrated by Polly Lee and I will definitely be on the look out for anything else she works on.

Let me start by saying I don’t think the physical copy of And The Trees Crept In would be nearly as creepy and fun as the audio book, although it is pretty neat too, it’s pages are fun and different. The audio is full of spooky sound effects sprinkled throughout the performance and they come in at just the right moments. A few times I stopped and looked around because I wasn’t sure if I was really hearing the sound of tearing paper, crackling fire or soft whispers. I listen to a lot of audio books, including a few that had some super cheesy sound effects but I assure you this was not one of them!

So on to the review!


Silla and her little sister Nori flee their parents home because of their abusive father. When they arrive unexpectedly at La Baume, Aunt Cath welcomes them with open arms. Silla and Nori start to feel more at home, more importantly, they feel safe, free. Aunt Cath has only one rule, stay away from the woods and she is very very adamant about it. The Creeper Man lives in the woods and once you cross into the woods, you belong to him.


Strange things begin to happen slowly at first, then everything completely changes. Aunt Cath slowly begins to lose her mind and disappears to the attic, all the townspeople disappear, which means the food too begins to disappear. Then a strange and beautiful boy named Gowan shows up and he comes through the woods everyday. With Cath not herself Silla begins to rely on Gowan, but no matter how much he helps, there is something he isn’t telling her and she can’t shake the feeling he knows what’s really going on.


One day Silla begins hearing voices and seeing shadows. Is she going mad just like Aunt Cath? Then Nori tells her about the shadowed man that lives in the woods she sometimes plays with at night then Silla notices the trees creeping closer and closer to the house…

This book was very surprising. I was drawn to its creepy cover and was pleasantly surprised by the creepy audio book but then the ending…whoa that ending! There is so much that happens in this book that I want to talk about but I don’t want to confuse anyone or give anything away! I will definitely be picking up The Dead House (also written by Kurtagich) and anything else she writes in the future!

Thanks, Ashley!! This sounds super creepy!! Thanks for the excellent book review and being a part of a Fortnight of Fright!! 

Top Ten Tuesday – October 25, 2016: Ten Halloween Reading Recommendations for Horror-Chickens


October 25, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Halloween themed so I chose Ten Reading Recommendations for Horror-Chickens. 


I … am horror-chicken. I don’t do horror, I simply cannot read ghost stories, and I don’t do much in the way of scare-your-pants off… BUT I still absolutely love Halloween and some amazing novels that are perfect reads for this spooky holiday!

adriana mather how to hang a witch

HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather

This book was the perfect combination of Hocus Pocus meets The Craft for me! I had so much fun reading and I loved the real history that it incorporated as well. The book came to be because author Adriana Mather is actually a descendent of families involved in the Salem Witch Trials so she uses (and bends) her own family’s experiences to create the book! It was a lot of fun.


I had SO much fun reading this book! It was spooky, suspenseful, gritty, and quite clever! Kerri Maniscalco has some awesome characters in her leads and she really brings the setting to life as well! I don’t do scare-your-pants-off horror but I loved this historical horror story, bringing to life the story of Jack the Ripper (also with real history tied in here and there)!
REVIEW (to be posted on Thursday!)

The Fall

THE FALL by Bethany Griffin

This is a really neat retelling of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher! I absolutely loved the gothic-horror vibe and how the house itself was a character. It creeped me out but it wasn’t too much for a chicken like me! The perfect blend of spooky and suspense.

THE FIRST HORROR (99 Fear Street) by R.L. Stine

Okay, I have NO idea how these books read now but I was obsessed with Fear Street when I was a kid/pre-teen. I read these books when I was like 11 or 12 and scared myself so badly that I had constant nightmares. (My mom told me to stop reading these books and my nightmares would go away… you know, because I was 11 and couldn’t figure out why I was having them.) I remember this series and the cheerleader series the most and they were so messed up but for some reason I couldn’t get enough of them!

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman


This was my first Neil Gaiman book EVER and I loved it! I listened to the audio (narrated by Neil himself) and it was stupendous. It’s paranormal and yes, takes place in a graveyard but isn’t really scary. I liked that it was delightfully dark and yet had a beautiful message of family and friendship throughout.

last call at the nightshade lounge


This was a really fun new adult/adult urban fantasy! Think paranormal meets demon hunters and alcohol is the magical power to defeat them. I had a lot of fun reading it! I think there could have been more world-building to really hook me but it was a fun and quick read with some zippy main characters and I loved the idea of mixology = magic!

Born WIcked

BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood

I can’t believe I STILL have not continued this series but I really loved the first book! It was a really neat alt-history concept regarding witches and I really loved this family dynamic. I really need to pick up book two sometime because I loved the entire vibe of BORN WICKED!

unspoken sarah rees brennan

UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan

This is another series I really need to finish! I absolutely loved the vibe of this book and the characters were so well-developed! There were quite a few surprises that awaited me here — and quite a few feels too! I really need to find time to read the second book!!



This was such a fun and campy horror/comedy mix! I haven’t read many books like this but I loved the horror, paranormal, gore, and humor all rolled into one!

The Body Finder

THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

Ah yes, another series that I started and still haven’t finished. But I remember enjoying this one quite a bit! I liked that it was mystery meets paranormal and this is about as close to ghost stories as I get!! Plus the friends-to-more romance surely didn’t hurt 😀

What are some of your favorite Halloween reading recommendations? Do any of these books top your Halloween reading list?

Fortnight of Fright 2016 | Halloween Book Recommendations (Jolene from Jo’s Book Blog)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Jolene from Jo’s Book Blog is sharing her Halloween reading recommendations! Check out her recs below!

I love Halloween! I go to haunted houses, dress up and hand out candy, and decorate my house with pumpkins, skulls, and cobwebs.  I also love to read scary and creepy books.  These are the ones I have most recently read that gave me goosebumps and prickles on the back of my neck.

a monster calls

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said.  When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” I saw the preview for this movie and of course had to read the book first.  There may be some spoilery type comments here so I caution you if you continue reading.  “You know that your truth, the one that you hide…is the thing you are most of afraid of.”  This is what the old yew tree outside Conor O’Malley’s window tells him in his sleep.  Conor has been having a rough time lately; his mom is sick so his grandma comes to visit, his friend Lily told the whole school his mom has cancer, and he is being bullied at school by Harry and his lackeys.  Worst of all, he has the same nightmare every night.  This book is so beautifully written(and illustrated) and explores how we deal with grief, denial, and our fear of being invisible to the world.  The author captures how  accurately we sometimes deny our fear of the truths we don’t want to face.  This story convicted me  about how I tend to talk to people that are dealing with loved ones who are dying.  Sometimes, it is uncomfortable to talk about it so I error on not talking about it which I believe is worse for the person dealing with it.  I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie in a few months.

trees crept in I don’t read scary books or mysteries very often so this was out of the norm for me and I really enjoyed it.   I am not going to go into too much of a review because I don’t want to give away what happens.   This book kept me guessing until the very end.  I had no idea what was going on (in a good way)! Also, there were parts so creepy that I got goosebumps so that is an extra bonus. The author’s writing style was very unique. For example, there were different points of view, journal entries, and poems throughout the book to keep me engaged and trying to look for clues.

memoirs of a vampireIt has been a long time since I have read a Vampire book so I was excited to read this one.  First off, I really liked how this story was told.  There is the present day story and then the journal entries from 100 years ago to present day.  The main character, Karen, is physically abused by her husband and with the help of her friend, Melissa, leaves her husband secretly and move across the country.  Melissa’s family has a house in Oregon that has been in the family for years.  This is where the two friends first discover a journal that was left by one of Melissa’s ancestors.  The writer of the journal, Allison, says she is a vampire and goes on to tell the story of how she became so.  Her story is similar to Karen’s.  Allison’s sister was abused and murdered by her husband.  I loved how the two stories mirrored each other. Oh and by the way, Allison’s last entry was to Karen and Melissa the night they moved in!  The story has more characters and plot twists but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  I think one of my favorite lines from the book is in the dedication.  Ms. Coulter writes, “I dedicate this book to all the women who have ever known abuse in their lives.  No one should ever have to suffer in an abusive relationship.  You are beautiful, your are strong, and you are so much more than they deserve.”


I am a 41 year old blogger but that don’t let that fool you. I love Harry Potter (proud Ravenclaw), Disney, coffee, chocolate, and dogs. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to read! My favorite books to read (other than Harry Potter) are Contemporary YA books.  I have been married to my husband for 20 years and I have two teenagers, a son and a daughter.  I also have two dogs, Zeba and Bella. We all live happily in Iowa.


Thanks so much, Jolene! I love your picks and need to read some of these myself!! 

Fortnight of Fright 2016 | 5 Fictional Characters You Can Dress Up As This Halloween (Carlisa from Confessions of Carlisa)


Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2016

Thanks for checking out the FIFTH annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Carlisa from Confessions of Carlisa is sharing her ideas for some literary Halloween costumes! Check them out!!

Halloween is kind of the best. Especially when you’re equipped with an entire bookshelf of characters you can dress up as. Seriously, so many options. (My costume is still in the works and secret, but let me tell you, it includes a certain Netflix series that went big a few months ago. Pretty strange, huh? And…those things. They’re even stranger. Okay, I’ll stop). Here are five characters from books that would make really fun costumes this Halloween!

  1. Newt Scamander
    The new Fantastic Beasts movie is going to be phenomenal—there’s no doubt about that. So why not dress up as the newest and coolest wizard on the block? Here are some of the essentials I think you’ll need for a good Newt Scamander outfit. (And make sure you get the Muggle-proof Suitcase at your local Walmart).
    newt scamander costume
  2. Anne Shirley
    Surely you want to be Anne Shirley from the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. She’s the best. All you need is a simple frock, some red double braids, and a fun little hat. And maybe some added freckles with eyeliner for good measure.
    anne shirley costume
  3. Coraline
    Coraline is one of the creepiest books. Just eerie. But I still love it. And Tim Burton made a great film adaptation of it…and you can be the film Coraline! She’s colorful and fun and just wants to be loved. Come on, doesn’t that sound great? Throw in some button eyes, for good measure.
    coraline costume
  4. Cath Avery
    Cath (from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) is an awesome character, and I just want to be her best friend. Not many people may recognize your costume if you wear this, but the people who do…oh man, you’ll know to hold on to them forever and always. And the costume is super simple.
    cath fangirl costume
  5. Professor Trelawney
    I actually dressed up as Trelawney once. Not gonna lie, a lot of people asked me if I was dressed up like a hobo. Ahem. Anyway, this one is fun and easy and you can get almost everything at Goodwill if you wanted to. Just tie that scarf around your teased hair and you’re good! If you can find a little fortune ball to carry around, then you’re great. And you walk around pointing at people and predicting their death in a scary, I’m-in-a-trance type voice, then you’re perfect.
    trelawney costume

This has been so fun! Thank you Brittany for having me on your blog! And I hope you all dress up in the best, fictional-character costumes. 

Confessions of Carlisa

Thanks so much, Carlisa!!! I love your costume ideas! I would personally rock the Cath one 😀
HAHA some people just don’t get good costumes! (Regarding the Trelawny/hobo incident) I dressed up as Belle (in the blue dress) one year and people though it was an Amish costume….. (mostly boys. The girls got it right away!)