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“It was a fine morning, bright and dry, though with a distinct feeling of impending autumn in the air. The street was unusually quiet, but for the dying chimes of a nearby church clock and the rustle of a few newly fallen leaves drifting along the pavement and gathering beside me in a little twirling heap.
Michael Cox – The Meaning of the Night

Ah, September.  I can feel Fall just around the corner.

I love Fall. Fall is the turning of leaves, that brisk, crisp feeling in the air – you can smell it. Fall is legend and lore, magical and bewitching. Fall is pumpkins, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, candy corn pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin, and the Pumpkin King. Fall is Jack-o’-lanterns, corn stalks, ravens, and black cats. Witches, mummies, Draculas, and Frankensteins. Elves, fairies, piskies, trolls, and goblins. Fall is hot apple cider and funnel cake. Fall is bouquets of sharpened pencils and You’ve Got Mail. Fall is the prelude to the holiday season.

“…they told of dripping stone walls in uninhabited castles and of ivy-clad monastery ruins by moonlight, dank charnel houses and overgrown graveyards, of howlings and shriekings, groanings and scuttlings and the clanking of chains, of hooded monks and headless horseman, vampires and bloodhounds, bats and rats and spiders, of men found at dawn and women turned white-haired and raving lunatic, and of vanished corpses and curses upon heirs.”
Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

And with September begins my traditional two month Halloween reading fest. I first began this tradition in 2004 and I eagerly anticipate it all year long. Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween and Fall?


Here are this year’s Halloween reading picks to choose from (in no particular order and subject to change). So many choices and so little time…

  1. Isis – Douglas Clegg
  2. The Gates – John Connolly
  3. The Man In the Picture – Susan Hill
  4. Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman  (reread)
  5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Kathrine Howe
  6. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  7. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye – Robert Kirkman  (graphic novel)
  8. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova  (reread)
  9. Hell House – Richard Matheson
  10. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
  11. The Stress of Her Regard – Tim Powers
  12. Dracula – Bram Stoker  (reread)
  13. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde  (graphic novel)
  14. House of Mystery Vol. 1: Room and Boredom – Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges  (graphic novel)
  15. House of Mystery Vol. 2: Love Stories For Dead People – Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges  (graphic novel)
  16. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon


And what Halloween would be complete without a reading of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula’s Guest? I hope to fit in several short story readings – my favorites as well as a couple short story collections.

  1. Nocturnes – John Connolly
  2. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet – Richard Matheson

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2008 Year In Review

“What I loved most about books was their promise, the anticipation of what lay between the covers, waiting to be found.”
Blind Submission – Debra Ginsberg

Number of Books Read: 60
Novels: 23
Novellas: 2
YA and Children’s: 33
Short Story collections/anthologies: 2   (I need to work on this)
Rereads: 11   (9 novels, 2 short stories)
Favorite novella: The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
Favorite short story: The Faery Handbag – Kelly Link

First Book Read: A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Last Book Read: Marley & Me – John Grogan

Top 10 Books Read


The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
The Sugar Queen – Sarah Addison Allen
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards Book 1)
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles Book 1)
The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox
The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards Book 2)
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)
The Red Necklace – Sally Gardner


Favorite authors discovered in 2008

John Connolly
Scott Lynch
Patrick Rothfuss
Andrzej Sapkowski
Sally Gardner
Delia Sherman

2008 was a great reading year compared to 2007 (60 books read vs. 23 books read). And for the most part I adhered to my “creed” of quality over quantity. I read some amazing novels and discovered some new favorite authors.

Must Reads of 2009

There are too many books on my list of books to read next year to list them all, but I have managed to “narrow” the list down to 25 that I definitely want to read before the year is out. Click here to view my list.

What say ye, BW’s?

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