Four Unconventionally “Haunting” Books I’ll Read Before Halloween

Four Unconventionally “Haunting” Books I’ll Read Before Halloween

October turns many people’s minds to Halloween, scary stories, psychopaths in masks, demons and ghosts that torment mortals, vampires, and werewolves that feast on human prey. But there are some books that manage to be “haunting” or unsettling without having much to do with the traditional monster stories we think of each October. They aren’t meant to instill the kind of fright that makes you terrified to walk from your bed to the bathroom at 3 a.m., but they definitely deal with ghosts, or something else that haunts you after the pages are closed and you’ve moved on to making dinner or visiting a friend. And this month, I am going to read some of these “haunting” works.

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Housekeeping: A Book to Cultivate Thought and Nourish the Soul

Housekeeping: A Book to Cultivate Thought and Nourish the Soul

A couple months ago, Avery and a few of our book-nerdy friends roped me into doing a book group with them. Ian and Seth had already read Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson for a class they took a while back, but they wanted to go through it again with us. It’s not a book I would have readily picked up on my own, but I’m grateful our little book group got me out of my comfort zone.

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I’m Not Crazy, I’m a Writer

I’m Not Crazy, I’m a Writer

I work as a content writer for a company in Lewisville, Idaho, population 476. Each day I end my hour-long lunch break with a twenty-minute walk around the neighborhood. I get some sun, some exercise, and I get to read. I started “read-walking,” as I call it, several years ago while walking to my contemporary literature class. As an English major, I generally had more to read than I thought possible, especially for a slow reader like me, so I crammed in a few extra pages every day as I walked. Even on snowy winter days I would read, clumsily turning pages with gloved hands, occasionally wiping snowflakes away from the paper.

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