I never wanted my blog to be all work no play. Thing is, work is ramping up so much that there seems to be little space in a weekly blog for anything else! I want to share fun things with you. Advice from my experiences with you. Good news to be shared with you. So I am trialling sharing my blog twice weekly.
This means I can sneak in a spooky book recommendations blog today. Especially since we could all do with some new recommendations on what to read since we’ve got so much time on our hands. Here are my top reads from lockdown.
The Invited, Jeniffer McMahon
Hands down, 5/5 my favourite book in quarantine. ‘The Invited’ prooves itself to be a truly inventive haunted house story. It tells the tale of a couple procuring some land in Vermont that has a violent history, but will now become the building site for the couple’s dream home. Unbeknownst to them at the time, a haunted house yet to be built. It’s a tale of mystery, obsession and the paranormal. It’s a tale of the strength of connections between women that span a century. Perfectly crafted and compelling, I absolutely recommend.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix
The ultimate 80s buddy movie featuring sleepovers, high school dramas and one hell of a demonic possession. Super nostalgic for a decade I only experienced in my pampers, this book was a hoot. Just how strong can a bond between two teenage girls be, and what tests can it withstand? This book played out like what I would imagine a collab movie between John Hughes and John Landis might look like. Grapevine says it’s coming to a screen near you soon.
The Essex Witch Museum Series, Syd Moore
I have just ordered my second book in the series. I started in the middle and I enjoyed enough to find more. It’s not the greatest piece of literature you will ever read but it’s a fun romp. Take a classic whodunnit, add Bridget Jones and sprinkle in some witchcraft lore and you have an Essex Witch Museum Mystery. Easy and enjoyable read.
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
In complete opposition to our last recommendation is this floral and poetic offering. A bit of a marmite author, I am team Bradbury after reading this. Whimsical and childlike yet downright scary at parts. This tale follows Will & Jim, two teenage boys and their curiosity towards a sinister carnival that rolls into their sleepy town. A supernatural adventure and a bittersweet read.
Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
This has been on my to read list since the hugely popular Netflix series. I absolutely loved it and was surprised to find the book had little in common. What remained was the true unease of the oppressive house. I particularly enjoyed the construction of our protagonist Eleanor. The journey of her mind’s reaction to such a home. Haunting and memorable, another haunted house for the ages.