Bookish Questions – What’s Your Favorite Halloween Read?
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What’s your favorite Halloween read?
Fall always seems like the perfect time to pick up a spooky book or two. I keep meaning to get around to reading Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which is a collection of spooky short stories that came out last year. It feels like the perfect sort of read for this time of year.
Even though it’s not your traditional “scary story,” I’m currently re-reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This time as part of a beautiful copy of the trilogy I picked up at Barnes and Noble a year or so ago. I always seem to come back to A Wrinkle in Time during the fall. Perhaps that’s because it’s the time of year the story takes place, but more likely because it’s about fighting the darkness, and I always feel like I’m fighting the dark, as the days get shorter.
Now, I’m not doing scary stories for Mildred yet, she’ll get those when she’s big enough for the Brothers Grimm. Instead, I’ve discovered a super cute children’s book about a little raven named Edgar, which is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. The book, Edgar Gets Ready for Bed, is possibly the cutest book this literary nerd ever seen.
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I don’t really “do” Halloween anymore, but I just read Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s “Egypt Game” for the first time since I was 11, and that’s 44 yrs ago. There’s a long section on the kids dressing up as Egyptian characters for trick-or-treating. Re-reading it made me wonder if kids today have the imaginative world-building skills we did when I was small, or if it’s true that they require a gadget to do it for them. I know the toddlers of my acquaintance show no interest in dolls or toys, but if you pull out a smartphone they’re mesmerised by it. And can use it, even before they can speak, to watch cartoons or play games.
I read on GR that “The Egypt Game” has been banned in some American libraries. ???? A. I read it in elementary school and it was pretty tame even then, and that’s decades ago, and 2. I thought only dictatorships banned books.
I remember reading Christie’s “Halloween Party” not so long ago, and finding it pretty darn creepy.
It’s “cooler” here, only in the mid-80s Farenheit. I hope to get some work done on my quilt. It’s very slow but sure.
BTW: It’s not my “favourite” but if you want a rather ca-reepy YA novel, try Snyder’s “The Witches of Worm.” I read it at least two or three times when it first came out and it left deep marks on my psyche. If “Egypt Game” was banned (!) I imagine this one has been, too.
America still seems to think that banning books for children is a good idea. I was in middle school when the Harry Potter books came out, and there were parents wanting to ban those books because “witchcraft” was going to make their kids worship Satan. The ALA (American Library Association) actually has an entire section of their site dedicated to banned and challenged books – http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10, and has an entire week each year where they celebrate the reading of those books.