“I believe that every lifelong reader has one author who somehow bored a hole into her childhood soul—a hole just large enough to let in all the rest of literature and art and humanity. For me—and I’m one of thousands and thousands, I know—that was you.” I think a lot of readers could send this letter to Lois Lowry.
Happy Halloween, everybody! In case you couldn’t guess by my Twitter feed today (or really, this month), I’m a big fan of Halloween-ish music. Who needs Christmas carols when you have classics like “The Monster Mash” and the Ghostbusters theme song?
One of my current favorite creepy songs is “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The video is really fun, too:
Similarly, I like when Halloween pops up in books/movies otherwise not about Halloween. The Chance You Won’t Return has a Halloween scene, and has been there since the first draft. So much of the book is about who you present yourself as and who you really are, which meant that having a Halloween scene seemed necessary. Other favorite books with Halloween scenes include:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Class halloween parties are great until there’s a troll in the dungeon. Who doesn’t love the moment when Harry, Ron, and Hermione become friends?
To Kill a Mockingbird So much of the book feels like summer to me, but the last terrifying and beautiful scene is set on Halloween night.
The Egypt Game Halloween is when the group takes its full form, with Toby and Ken joining. This book feels like fall to me.
In case you haven’t noticed by the (relative) blog silence, it’s been a crazy week for me, so I am super psyched to see that it’s Friday. Let’s get this weekend started with some book reviews in fifteen words or fewer!
1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers The “must read” book in college. Curious if it stands up a decade later.
2. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine Another delightful fairy tale adaptation from Levine. Would have devoured it as a kid.
3. The Hatbox Baby by Carrie Brown Expected more baby-in-a-hatbox shenanigans, like The Importance of Being Earnest‘s perambulator.
4. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle Not the most memorable, but it’s a cool companion to A Ring of Endless Light.
5. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Do you hear the typewriters’ click? Typing the words of angry cows.