Hi everyone! How are you? (As this post goes up I’m cleaning up an exploded fish tanks remains..don’t worry my new pets are okay! But we are incredibly angry about the pet shop. I’ll tell you all about it in my next post! What a lovely surprise to come home to from my birthday trip away! 🙈😂 This post is exactly what I need to relax about this! 🙌 ). Today’s post is a collab with the lovely Sareena from The All Of It Blog and I’m so excited to be writing this because it is my first ever collab (although I’ve done guest posts before so don’t hold me to that! 🤔😂) and it was so much fun to plan it with Sareena so check out her post to this collab later! We’ve both chosen five spooky and/or mysterious books each that we reckon are perfect for a cosy night inside in this cold Autumn/Winter weather so sit back, relax and read on! 😂
The body in the library by Agatha Christie
The body of a young girl has been discovered in the most unusual setting and as the suspects roll in, the perfect motive is searched for in order to find the guilty party. But as we sink deeper into the murder no one and no alibi can be trusted. It is up to Miss Marple to reveal the true criminal and how she does it will a cast light upon and link up even the smallest of clues. No one is safe under the watchful eye of Miss Marple!
This is an excellent mystery to sink your teeth into! It was so accurate it felt like I was watching it rather than reading it. Throughout the novel I was no match for Miss Marple or in fact the investigators on the case 🙈 but I really got into unraveling the story and thinking what character could have done the deed before placing hope on a new one whenever a small shred of evidence was thrown in their direction 😂
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is less than happy with her life at the moment, her family have just packed up and moved her away from her friends and her parents attention seems to be on anything but her. So when she finds a door that takes her away to an ideal life where she is the apple of her parents button eyes she jumps at the opportunity for everything to be as it was before but there’s a problem.. her other mother says that if she wishes to stay with them she must also have buttons sewed onto her eyes! Everything spirals out of control when Coraline refuses and must risk her life in order to save those she loves.
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors and Coraline without a doubt started the obsession 😂 (I named one of the fish I got for my birthday after her 🙈😂) It is one of those books that you become enthralled by and will want to read over and over again, especially on a cosy night in!
The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon
One night 15 year old Christopher Boone discovers the body of his neighbours dog and it is this incident that sparks the adventure within him to become a detective and find the culprit! Christopher has Asperger’s syndrome and as we follow him on this journey we see the world through his eyes as he steps out of his comfort zone when his life falls into the mix and a wrong must be put right.
This book is like no other and being allowed into Christopher’s mind feels like a gift because to him we would be a stranger that is dangerous and avoided at all costs so his words are shared with us indirectly and we can secretly follow and be with him on his amazing journey!
Goth Girl by Chris Riddell
When young Ada Goth meets the ghost of a mouse, Ishmael, one night her already peculiar life is turned upside down as they investigate the strange goings on in her home, Ghastly-Gorm Hall and put a stop to a cruel tradition that is not as light-hearted as it seems!
Chris Riddell’s illustrations bring every book he has ever helped create/created to life and this one is no exception! His art brings back memories of Muddle Earth on CBBC 😂 and nearly every page is adorned with intricate drawings of the characters in so much detail you feel like you are living amongst them!
Point Horror – Nightmare Hall: The Experiment
Caryl has a crush on her new professor who has a mysterious past but since the day she was assigned to his class she has found herself fearing for her life! As threatening messages and eery events occur at every turn who can she trust and who are her real friends?
I was constantly on edge with this thrilling horror/mystery novel! It was very intense as it was truly difficult to tell reality from the fake that clouded over Daryl’s vision in not only her lovesick mannerisms but the illusions that seeped into her everyday life. I highly recommend this book as the crook stays hidden until the very end so there is mystery throughout the story until then!
Thank you Sareena for doing this collab with me (I was nervous about doing a collab in the beginning but you’ve made me see how enjoyable they can be!) and thank you for reading! 😉💗 Have a lovely day!