The leaves are turning yellow! I *love* autumn. I love the crisp chill in the air, and wearing sweaters, and knitted socks. I love the smell of wood burning stoves and the abundance of pumpkin spice everything. I love drinking hot tea and reading a good book under a mohair blanket (I’ve permanently “borrowed” Tibby’s, though he doesn’t know it yet.)
I love burning scented candles, which has never been a summer thing: I only break them out in fall and winter when it gets darker quicker and the extra light is a cosy compliment to being holed up on the couch.
And I am, indeed, holed up on the couch as I’m writing this.
I’m pretty beat right now, to tell you the truth: the post convention season does a number on me, and as much as I love the cooler temperatures, this is also the time of year when I get hit with the first cold of the season. I’m fighting it, but so far it’s been a losing battle. To cheer myself up, we took a trip to the local bookstore and I stocked up on a few YA Horror titles I’ve had my eye on for a while. Four out of five were in the bargain section (which comes out to about five bucks a book), and on a whim I grabbed the last at full price — *The Call* has called me. I wanted it too bad to leave it behind.
September Book Haul: YA Horror
This haul is in addition to the last couple of pre-orders that came in, including And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, and two non-fiction titles about the life of Mary Shelly, author of Frankenstein.
I’m in heavy book-mode right now. I want to build a fort out of them all and live in it until the spring, occasionally ordering in pizza and maybe Thai food. Alternately, I’d happily live off ramen for a month if it meant I could pick up another ten of the titles on my wishlist, but alas: adulting.
With this cold, my meal’s gotta be balanced and involve fruit to avoid scurvy or something.
Less about me, more about the books. Check these bad boys out:
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves
In May 1980, fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts. . . .
His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father Germán Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.
When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.[button open_new_tab=”true” color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” image=”default-arrow” size=”large” url=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17873946-marina” text=”Check it out on Goodreads” color_override=””]
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.
The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.
I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.
All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.
From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.[button open_new_tab=”true” color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” image=”default-arrow” size=”large” url=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18634726-the-vanishing-season” text=”Check it out on Goodreads” color_override=””]
The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.
Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.
When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she’s drawn to him. But Violet isn’t Thomas’s only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn’t been out of compassion.
Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.
From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”[button open_new_tab=”true” color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” image=”default-arrow” size=”large” url=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16055662-the-mirk-and-midnight-hour” text=”Check it out on Goodreads” color_override=””]
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?[button open_new_tab=”true” color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” image=”default-arrow” size=”large” url=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28600081-the-call” text=”Check it out on Goodreads” color_override=””]
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Only Stella came back.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush – until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.[button open_new_tab=”true” color=”accent-color” hover_text_color_override=”#fff” image=”default-arrow” size=”large” url=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23309610-the-creeping” text=”Check it out on Goodreads” color_override=””]
Pics or it didn’t happen
Don’t worry, I still have room on my shelves for more.
The balancing act: My tendonosis loves five teetering books supported by one hand while trying to snap a pic with my phone with the other, trust me.
All the pretty, pretty books.
What books did you pick up to read this month? Let me know in the comments. 🙂