A Spooky TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

Living in Australia, I don’t really celebrate Halloween. It’s just not a thing in our neck of the woods. That being said, it doesn’t stop the retail stores wistfully stocking their shelves with spooky products for those few of us who go all out. Personally, I carve a pumpkin and that’s it. I do like carving pumpkins.

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Books with Great Monsters || Top Ten Tuesday

Villains are all well and good but nothing tickles my fancy more than an original monster for our heroes to fight off. I hope you’re all doing well this Halloween season and have your costumes prepped and ready to go. Whilst I’m not much of a Halloween goer myself (being, well, not American) you can’t deny any excuse to carve faces into pumpkins isn’t a good one!

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Frankenstein and Halloween

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Halloween is here! . . . and gone. In Australia Halloween isn’t really a big thing but I thought I would contribute with reading a spooky book. Being a not very big fan of horror, however, left me with somewhat limited choices.

Earlier this year I received two very beautiful and dear presents from my family for my birthday. These were the Barnes & Noble leather bound editions of two classics: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein. I’ve read both of these and actually really enjoyed them – and I’ve decided that I will read classics in cheaper paper back formats first and, if I like them, collect them in the leather bound editions. Fantastic, right!

Leather bound editions of Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) and Jane Eyre (Charlotte BrontΓ«).
Leather bound editions of Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) and Jane Eyre (Charlotte BrontΓ«).

If you’re interested to know, there is a particular format of paper back classics that I like to collect also. There’s so many different editions of classics that everyone has their favourite, am I right? Here’s my beautiful copy of Oliver Twist (that I have yet to read) in said edition (by Penguin).

Pretty Penguin edition of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
Pretty Penguin edition of Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens).

Obviously, me being me, I was yet to reread these beautiful specimen since acquiring them as I have so many books to read I just about never go back into a story – who’s got the time for that? In all honesty, I’m really jealous of people who reread. But hey, if I want to continue buying so many books I’ve got to suck up the consequences, I suppose.

Anyway, back to Halloween. The outcome was that I am now rereading Frankenstein and loving it. I’d hoped to read it all in one go last night, but that was just being a tad too ambitious. I’m about halfway through now and it’s still as great as it was the first time around. I know a lot of people don’t get along with the book, which I think is a shame, because it’s so much fun and just think about it for a second – this book was written in 1818. Guys. That’s very nearly 200 years ago. It baffles me that Shelley managed to create such a spooky and meaningful tale in that period and that it’s still pretty scary today (well, I think so anyway). I wish more people did read this book because I think it definitely makes an interesting case for the misuse of science – and I suppose the importance of family, too.

I will be doing a full review of the book once I’ve finished it as I don’t actually have a review for it yet because the first time I read it was in school – the dark ages before book reviewing enlightened me. So stay tuned for that one! That’s all for now but I’ll be back with some more ramblings in the near future!

Are any of you reading or have read a spooky book for Halloween? Let me know below if you are!

Arrivederci tutti and happy reading!

~ Kirstie

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