October is my favourite month of the year. It always has been.
There is just so much to look forward to in October. First of all, Uni starts back up, and I am one of those people who absolutely ADORES getting stationary & supplies and all that good stuff in preparation for classes. Secondly, Halloween, which the funnest thing known to man. For us, Halloween starts on October 1st – this year I am doing loads of fun activities with the kids I look after (ghost bananas & toilet roll bats to name a few!).
October is the month of autumn. There is a chill in the air, but it’s not too cold. You’ve still got that carefree-ness from summer but it’s not quite time to bundle up in scarfs & gloves and coats. Bonfire Night & Christmas is just round the corner…
But most of all, you can watch The Nightmare before Christmas on repeat without anyone batting an eyelid.
I am planning to get a little theme-y with my book choices in October. I’m not very good at sticking to themes, but I have been saving some scary books for October.
Title: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author: Ray Bradbury
Summary (From Goodreads):
“A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a “dark carnival” one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenched Dandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn.”
*This is the quintessential classic Gothic horror story & I am ready to be scared witless by it.
Title: Goth Girl & The Ghost of a Mouse
Author: Chris Riddell
Summary (From Goodreads):
“Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.
Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching.
Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers – before it’s too late.”
*After being scared witness by the first book, I will be ready to be charmed witless by Goth Girl. P.S: This book is really, really beautiful.
Title: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Summary (From Goodreads):
“Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.”
*This is less of a scary book of horror, and more of a scary book of please let all my favourite characters live/get happy endings.
SO yes, those are the books I am planning to read in October.
I am also doing other things in October, namely 100 happy days, over on my instagram account. 100 happy days is just that; you post every day, for 100 days, things that make you happy.
I am currently pretty much house-bound due to a certain knee dislocation, and was finding it hard to be, well, happy. 100 happy days is really helping me appreciate the happiness in my life at the moment, and I think it is such a great way to realise just how blessed you are! To find out more about 100 happy days click here.
Here are a selection of my pictures for 100 happy days so far:
So those are my happy days so far! If you want to see more follow me on my instagram here.
That is about it for this post – I need to go and write more words down. I hope you are having a fabulous day and I hope you have got some amazingly spooky books lined up to read this October. (If you have please tell me – I can always use more 😉