The reason why I’m relatively late to the game is that for some reason this year I’ve been dragging my heels a bit when it comes to admitting the end of summer was here. But I finally feel ready to face the facts: temperatures have plummeted and the shorter days are here to stay, so I’m might as well make the best of it with a ridiculously long reading list.
Yep, I’m about to go overboard here and be gleefully unrealistic:there’s no way I’m going to read all these books between now and Halloween, but I’m posting my list anyway because making overly ambitious reading plans actually makes me really happy. Also, I can always keep reading spooky books through November, or at least in the first half of the month. This is how it usually goes for me: I enjoy playing with the idea of darkness in October and November, when Autumn is at its peak, but when it gets really cold and dark I tend to turn to comfort reading again.
Anyway, without further ado here’s my ridiculously long list, neatly divided into four piles according to the books’ provenance:
The TBR pile
- Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman
- Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
- Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters
- The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart
- A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King
- When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh
- The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
- The Complaint of the Dove by Hannah March
- The Dead Witness edited by Michael Sims
Also, Weinman’s and Sims’ anthologies — respectively subtitled “Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense” and “A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories” — sound perfect for my rediscovered classics-loving self. The Dead Witness actually takes its title from a 1866 short story by Australian author Mary Fortune, which is the earliest known detective story by a woman — pretty cool, right?
The borrowed books pile
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- The Secret Rooms by Margaret Bailley
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
- Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge
The currently-in-my-shopping-basket pile
- Hangsman by Shirley Jackson
- Doll Bones by Holly Black
- Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
- The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
Also, I recently discovered that Sensation Press is having a promotion, and now I’m really tempted to stock up on books by my beloved Mary Elizabeth Braddon. The only question is, what do I pick? Any experts out there who want to give me some suggestions?
The library pile
- The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill
- The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein
- Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
- Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
- Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
- Nightbirds on Nantucket by Joan Aiken
- The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
I had a ton of fun putting this list together, but soon it will be time to actually make some decisions, and this is where you come in. Please help me pick! Anything you think I’d particularly enjoy, or that I’m better off skipping? As always, suggestions are most welcome.