This is it world, I’m finally committed to making this blog work! I’ve had loads for posts, schedule a few of them and I’m about to post one this exact moment!
As everyone knows, reading is one of favourite things to do and I’m weird up to the point where sometimes I read “seasonally”. That is, I’ve gathered a few books from my bookshelves that seem perfect for this time of the year.
The daylight is going dimmer, the temperature is cooling down (finally) and Halloween is approaching – 16 days left, eeek!!
Some of these books I’ve already read and others I’m on the process of reading/about to read.
So the first one is Dracula by Bram Stoker and it is the one that I’m most looking forward to reading as I feel that it has been a big miss on my Gothic novels readings!
The story is known to everyone, or at least its main character Count Dracula, a vampire that seeks to spread an undead curse. How charming and appropriate am I right?
And how gorgeous is this edition? I absolutely love it, it part of the Penguin Couture Classics designed by renowned fashion illustrator, Ruben Toledo. Well done Mr. Toledo hats off to you.
Then I picked up one of my favourite books, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe. There are just no words for Poe’s ingenious mind. Every horror tale is absolutely captivating, incredibly original, unpredictable and mind-blowing. My favourite one of this book is The Mask of the Red Death which tells the story of a prince that tries to escape a plague by hiding in his abbey.
Then we have another favourite of mine, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It may sound like a cliché, but it is really worth it. I read it because it was one of my compulsory books for uni and not only had I to analyse the book but the author as well. Now would’ve thought that an eighteen year old in the 19th century would have written a book about electrifying corpses to make come to life would ever be true?
That’s why Shelley is one of my female author heroines. She was inspired by Erasmus Darwin’s experiences and the idea of Frankenstein came to life when she travelled with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron to Geneva and they decided to make up a contest to see who could create the best horror story.
Hats off to you too Mrs Shelley, for being a bold woman like your feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and create such a plot that has been lasting for years. Moreover, little did I know that Frankenstein’s monster was such an elaborate and complex character (and specially with a beautiful eloquence).
Next we have a book that I’m currently reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I bought while I was in London and I started reading it on the flight home but I haven’t read it much of it yet mostly because it hasn’t already trigged my full attention and curiosity, but we’ll see.
It is part of a series and this is the first one. It introduces Peter Grant, a young officer in the Metropolitan Police that encounters a ghost and becomes a trainee wizard.
And last but not least it is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read it when I was at the full peak of my teenage years and I remember being utterly captivated by the book and read it in a weekend.
Well, it wouldn’t be difficult to presume that I love everything feminist and strong willed female characters. But wether a man or a woman, you’ll love this story about the life of a independent young girl and struggle with her loving Mr Rochester. But you’re thinking why is it in a spooky reading list? Well, it so good that could in any list. But there’s this mystery and kind of spooky vibe of the unknown woman locked in the tower (and also the mysterious Mr Rochester) that just makes this book a perfect idea for a relaxed moment on an autumn day.