Cozy & Creepy Fall Reading

October 9, 2012

Cozy and creepy? Aren't those, like, opposite concepts Melissa? So here's the thing. In the Fall, I want to be cozy in my jammies, eating gingerbread and drinking tea ~ while reading creepy, autumnal-appropriate reading fare. Cozy AND creepy, see? Last year at this time, I was reading this book, and I don't think anything else will ever measure up to that Fall-time reading experience, but I can always dare to hope...

'The Orchardist' by Amanda Coplin is set in the Pacific Northwest (hey that's where I live!) and involves a man trying to help a couple of pregnant teenage girls who show up on his property. Tragedy ensues.That sounds weird! So I'm intrigued. 'John Saturnall's Feast' by Lawrence Norfolk is a period piece, with the plot supposedly revolving around 'food, star-crossed lovers and ancient myths', according to my pal Amazon. Ok! I'm into it! And I'm super intrigued by 'The Map of Lost Memories' by Kim Fay, which has been described as a female Indiana Jones meets Somerset Maugham ('The Painted Veil') meets Marguerite Duras and set in locales throughout Asia. Oh man, this is the one I'm choosing first off of this entire list.

'The Lost Prince' by Selden Edwards is another one I'm excited about -- supposedly a 'Back to the Future' for intellectuals.' Say no more! I'm ignoring the "intellectuals" part because that doesn't pertain to me, but I'm lasering in the old-fashioned spin on 'Back to the Future'. 'Dark Companion' by Marta Costa is brand-new YA fiction described as one that will appeal to fans of both teen gothic/vampire fiction and Jane Eyre. Really? Jane Eye-esque vampires? Or something? Who knows? I'M SO THERE. And 'Some Kind of Fairy Tale' by Graham Joyce sounds really up my alley ~ a young girl disappears from an English town, only to reappear 20 years later, having not aged a day. This book has received amazing reviews, I can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

'The Great Night' by Chris Adrian is a reworking of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' (The inner workings of fairyland are in chaos while three heartbroken people wind up in a San Francisco park.) and supposedly very brilliant and very weird. That's all I need to know! I'm currently reading 'The Twelfth Enchantment' and it's FAB ~ I'm having a great time with it. It's like a Jane Austen novel, if all of the characters could perform magic. Cool right? And I read 'Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling' earlier in September and it is CREEPY. Really creepy. Actually some parts are somewhat violent and scary, but the overall story and writing was very haunting and otherwordly, involving an English governess travelling back and forth between our world and a dimension where beings can never die. I loved it, but be warned, it's not a frothy, la-di-da, let's have tea read. It was very intense and very good!!

So my spookies....anything here look as intriguing to you as it does to me? Are you reading something divine that you MUST SHARE?




14 comments:

  1. Oooo, new book list! I just added a few of these to my wish list!

    I haven't been taking enough time to read on my own lately. Right now, I'm reading Among Others, which is very good.

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    1. My neighbor just loaned me that 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' book, so I think I'll start that one next after I finish up 'The Twelfth Enchantment'....:)

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  2. Totally putting these on my list! THank you!

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    1. Miss Laura, you are so welcome -- I love the feeling of new book possibilities...after snuggling and loving on my family, cozying up with a particularly good book is one of the best feelings for me!

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  3. Aaahh these look great, thanks!! Hey do you read Kate Morton's books??

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    1. I've read The Forgotten Garden -- partway. Can you believe? We were moving at the time and it was put down and forgotten (like the garden ha!) I've been meaning to finish it for ages, I just have to find it!!!!

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  4. Yikes! I am not a fan of creepy books D: But "The Map of Lost Memories" seems more adventurous than creepy and it does intrigue me! You sure are good to keep up with your reading! I am dreadfully lazy when it comes to try out new adult fiction.

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    1. That one, I believe, is indeed more of an adventure story!! I go through spurts. I swear I didn't read any books at all for a three year span in law school -- law school destroyed my ability to read anything long in length for a reeeeeaaaly long time!

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  5. I just bought two magazines (that I don't subscribe to) just so I can crawl under a blanket and read them now that it is cooler where we live...not exactly creepy, but I got the cozy part, right? :)

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    1. Hey last night I cozied up to the Pottery Barn catalog! :) Nothing is better than a brand new magazine.....

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  6. I'm totally on board with the creepy/cozy reading. I am there! I just finished the Graveyard Book (you know, me and whit are doing are dorky bookclub on that one) and I LOVED it. And now I'm reading Miss Peregrins Home for Peculiar Children. From the books you've listed I'm thinking Some Kind of Fairy Tale, The Orchardist & that Darkling one are speaking to me the most. Do you realize that the Walking Dead starts up again on Sunday? I can't wait. That's going to be big time creepy/cozy time for me :) you know I got so obsessed with that show that over the summer I read all of the graphic novels and the actual novel. I get the creepy reading thing.

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    1. YOU WILL TOTALLY DIG THE 'Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling' book!! I've been wanting to check out 'Miss Peregrin's' for ages, I need to get on that...

      Ah yes. Walking Dead. We're debating whether to watch it or just wait, b/c we're about ax cable and it would be frustrating to watch half the season and then have to stop! So we might be watching... or waiting until next yr for the dvd! Aaah! I wanted to know what the heck happens, so I read the whole plotline on Wikipedia (?) or some such place...;)

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    2. well, my opinion on that is... it's always better to watch the whole thing when it's out on dvd. Having said that, there's no way I can wait and since we're keeping cable (like total suckers) we'll be watching. Maybe you guys can watch along if you do the hulu thing? But waiting would be the smart way to go. ;)

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    3. We gots the Hulu and AMC shows like 'Walking Dead' are not on it!! Bummer! I'm really nervous about giving up cable, we're not going to do it until after Oct b/c Disney Channel has so many Halloween specials.:)

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