Spooky Book Season

stack of books: The Historian, The Mummy by Anne Rice, A Discovery of Witches, Practical Magic, The Vampire Lestat, and City of Ghosts

As I alluded to in my last book post, I had picked out a few books to read during the month of October that had a perfectly spooky vibe. There are, of course, a ton of books that would easily fit that bill. For example, The Downside Ghosts series I’ve previously mentioned is great. Anne Rice is, of course, always a favorite too. But, I decided to narrow it down to Practical Magic finally, Mexican Gothic, Tangled Webs (from the Black Jewels series), and rereading one of my favorite books ever – The Historian.

title page of Practical Magic and a bookmark with a skull and red and purple flowers

As you know, I started Practical Magic at the end of September and carried it over into October. What I’ll say about Practical Magic is that I liked it. It took me a much longer time to finish it than it really should have. Some of that was because I kept getting sidetracked by other books, but some of it was because it wasn’t thoroughly holding my attention. It’s still my favorite movie, there was definitely more to the story in the book than is in the movie, and I’m glad I finally read it.

book cover of The Rose by Tiffany Reisz

The Rose was another side read for me while I was in the midst of Practical Magic. This is the second book in the Godwicks series, the first being The Red (which I read last month). Where The Red was full of Art History, this book was full of Greek mythology. I really enjoyed this, so much so that when a friend mentioned she’d purchased an Aphrodite statue after finishing this book, I realized that I already have one in my bedroom. I just never realized it.

Aphrodite statue on a bookshelf with leather bound books behind her

Granted, she could just be some sort of maiden or nymph, but I’m going to go with Aphrodite. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading The Pearl, which is the third book to see how it compares to the first two. And thanks to this book, my new favorite acronym is DTFMEL (Down to Fund My Extravagant Lifestyle), which of course for me means tons of Bloodmilk jewels and framing my needlework finishes. lol

book cover for Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose

I took on another side read later in the month (still reading Practical Magic, ugh) and picked up the second book in the Bad Love series, Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose. This book reminded me a lot of Clipped Wings & Inked Armor, but without all the annoying Tiger Kitten bullshit. I had a hard time putting this down and enjoyed it. It took me two days to read. And now I’m feeling the need for a new tattoo.

book cover for Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop

After finally finally finally finishing Practical Magic near the end of the month, I decided to pick up Tangled Webs that I was planning on reading with my friend, Annette. This is the sixth book in the Black Jewels series, but the fifth one I’m reading (I skipped book four). This one is getting carried over into November and sadly, I didn’t even get to the other two books I had lined up for #darkoctoberreading. Any recommendations I need to put on my list for next spooky season?

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