In Maine, late October brings an undeniable chill to the air. Winter is right around the corner and Halloween is our last chance to cling to fall and all of its glory — fiery leaves at our feet, pumpkins at the doorstep, and apples by the bushel. At Islandport, we're celebrating the last of weeks of autumn with some of our favorite fall reads. So grab a blanket, some hot cider and cozy up to these perfect-for-Halloween books.
VOYA said it best: "Don't read this book alone at night. This is a classic horror story where every detail of Haley's life seems real and ordinary except for the smell of death and clay in Aunt Brown's house; a beloved cousin wasting away from an unexplainable blood disease; and an ancestor's glove that appears to have crawled out of its box. Haley is researching Mercy, an ancestor who died of tuberculosis in 1892. As others in her family died, hysteria grew in this small New England town, until someone whispered the word vampire. But did Mercy ever die or is she still feeding? Thomson sharply captures images in words the way her character Haley captures them with her camera."
Why is it that being told not to read something at night always makes us want to do it anyway?
This graphic novel is intended for teens, but packs a punch for any reader interested in the aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials. Artist Timothy Decker balances the dark reality of the time period with unforgettable illustrations. Written by Jakob Crane, the fascinating story is also a great introduction for first time readers of graphic novels.
"How to Cook a Moose" is in no way scary or spooky, but it's a great fall read. If you’re feeling unnerved by scary movie trailers on TV, pick this book up for comfort. The culinary memoir is perfect for those who follow the local, farm-to-table movement, or anyone who is considering a move to New England.
What are your favorite books to read at this time of year?
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