HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Happy Halloween !!!!

Illustration by Eva Crawford-McKee, found on Instagram @eva_c_mckee_

Halloween is the perfect time of year to read some classic novels, mystery, thriller and horror!! And with halloween being celebrated a little differently this year its a great time to delve into some other realities!.

Some great Halloween reads include;

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. (You have probably dressed up at Dracula at some point but have you ever read the book?)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (another classic that should be on your tbr list!)
  • Monsters by Sharon Doger (a book based on the life of the above author Shelley, check out th)
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (A popular series of the same name was based on this novel)
  • The Shining by Stephen King (or the majority of Stephen Kings books)
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (a dark fantasy childrens novella)
  • The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (A gothic novella)
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl (Childrens fantasy novel)
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Horror novel with a film of the same name)

Any of these books are a great choice and can be classed as classics or popular fiction. I would say that even if you don;t have/want to read these options any horror, mystery or crime books isn’t a bad choice!

Have a great halloween and stay safe !

Many thanks, Caitlin x

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Monsters by Sharon Dogar

The passion and loss that created Frankenstein.

Monsters follows the story of Mary Shelley and how this young woman who defies tradition and society and her experiences which created the most famous monster of all.

Having just finished this book I have mixed opinions of it. I liked the story it told and the characters being based on real people however it seemed too long and during the book I lost interest. I did regain this interest but I feel as though it could have been condensed ever so slightly.

This may be a completely personal thing and I get that every individual has different thoughts so I would recommend this book but only if you have determination and interest in the people of the book.

However, I did like this book as the characters were so developed throughout. I knew nothing of the people in the book before reading and therefore I learned everything with it. I got to know these characters and what drove. A need to be as revolutionary and determined as her mother. I found Mary to be very inspirational. She defied being the traditional woman of the time who got married off to a man. Claire learning to want to be herself and admiring Mary’s passion is also inspirational. She learned to become herself rather than another version of Mary.

The book shared a lot of Mary’s various experiences and opinions of society which all helped her to create one of the most famous monsters of all. Her determination to be as good and famous as her mother and leaving something more than rumours in her legacy. To create something that she would be remembered for.

I would recommend this book but make sure you have the focus. It is a good book but do be prepared for it too seem long at places.

Many thanks, Caitlin X

(PS please feel free to comment your opinion if the book or anything else !)

Book Box Club – January

THEME: Storytellers

This months theme was Storytellers. I was really excited to receive this box as I was intrigued to see what would be included in this months box.

Included this months box was a bunch of bookish goodies to enjoy. There is a Bronte Notebook by Literary Emporium to note down all your great stories and ideas. It a great little pocket sized book perfect for carrying with you on all your adventures. A magnetic storytelling kit by Book Box Club so you can write to your hearts content. Writers tips postcards are also included so you can send advice from famous storytellers all around the world. A patch that says ‘Born to Write’ is featured which was created by Wild Sally on Red bubble.

A great writers pencil case by Laura Crow from Not on the High Street is included also which has a great illustration on the perfect sized pouch. Alongside, all these goodies are a couple extras. A sample of ‘Outside’ by Sarah Anne Juckes alongside an extra postcard.

The featured book this month is ‘Monsters’ by Sharon Dogar. That follows the story of Mary, the daughter of a revolutionary author destined to write her own masterpiece. But before she can become the famed author of Frankenstein she will be swept away by scandalous storytellers and philandering philosophers.

I am excited to read this book as it would have never been something I would have generally considered yet I can’t wait to start reading.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have ever read this book or are subscribed to a bookish subscription box.)