“Here is the previously mentioned paranormal creature topic. This topic will revolve around one type of paranormal creature of your choice. So books featuring vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons, fae, zombies, etc.”
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I haven’t read many books with paranormal creatures, and at first looking at this week’s topic, I was stumped on what to put and was almost considering skipping this week. But then I realised, ghosts are a paranormal creature! I’ve read loads of books with ghosts! I love books with ghosts! Alas, this list was born. Of course, not all of these are specifically Halloween/spooky books, and ghosts are not just for Halloween guys! (If you couldn’t tell, my chosen paranormal creature is Ghosts.)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Because, come on. I did well to not mention HP in the list, and I could not just simply disregard it, could I?
5/ The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
I watched the movie before I realised it was a book, enjoyed the movie but really enjoyed the book better! It was a short read so I think it could’ve done with a bit more added to the story, but it’s a good ghost story.
4/ The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
An example of a ghost story which isn’t really horror/spooky in any way. I read this years ago, but it has always stuck with me. A little girl overlooks her family from Heaven after the events of her brutal rape/murder. It’s quite sad and hard hitting, but it still one many people should read!
3/ The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
Hauntings = ghosts. And I really enjoyed this when I read it, although I can’t remember much of the story so it’s definitely due a re-read.
2/ The Shining – Stephen King
Could not go a single week in October without mentioning Stephen King, and this is one of my favourites. Much, much better than the movie adaptation! For some reason I really don’t enjoy adaptations of horror books’ they’re never anywhere near as good as the book.
1/ The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Two weeks in a row for this book! I’m currently re-reading this because it’s one of my faves, it made me fall in love with ghost stories and Neil Gaiman’s writing. It’s literally about a boy who gets raised by ghosts in a graveyard. If I wasn’t such a scaredy cat with graveyards, I could totally dig this!
So what are your favourite paranormal creature? Whats your favourite and have you read any of these? I want to broaden my horizon with more paranormal reads, so what books would you recommend? I’d love to know!
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