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A Book To Put You In The Mood (not THAT mood)

This year, there are only a few houses in my neighborhood that are decorated for Halloween. I didn’t go all out. I put up a flag, a wreath and some garden stakes. Enough for a kid to know that the house will have candy come Halloween night.

Everyone is blaming the economy but I just think it came on way too fast this year. Along with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are already lining the store shelves. I know because today I tried to buy a costume accessory for myself and there was hardly anything left but there was plenty of Christmas stuff.

My point? Oh yeah… there is one.

When the holidays roll around, do you find yourself reaching for holiday reads to get you into the mood? One of my favorite ghost stories is Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Here’s the blurb from Barnes and Noble:

“First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.”

The Haunting of Hill House is a classic and has been made into many movies. None of which, in my opinion, equal the book so if you saw the movie and thought, “what a load of hooey!”, then you were probably right in thinking that. In fact, I give you permission to think that.

I’ve read it many times and each time it gets creepier. If you have time this weekend, go to the library and check it out. It will definitely raise your Halloween spirits (no pun intended).

GIVEAWAY! – Tethered, by Amy MacKinnon

Tethered, by Amy MacKinnon, was sent to me as part of the Read it Forward program. Here is the blurb from Barnes & Noble:

Clara Marsh is an undertaker who doesn’t believe in God. She spends her solitary life among the dead, preparing their last baths and bidding them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. Her carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlor, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between the stead-fast existence of loneliness and the perils of binding one’s life to another.

This book is really good and it took me outside of my comfort zone a bit. You can read my review here. In honor of Halloween, I am giving away my gently used (very gently used) ARC of Tethered. PLEASE NOTE: The cover image is different from what you see above.

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada. There are TWO ways to enter:

1. Post a comment for ONE entry but to make it interesting, tell me what you like about Halloween the most. The candy? The costumes? The scary movies? Entries that do not answer this question will not be counted. Be sure to include an email address as well so I can contact you.

2. For THREE more entries, post about this giveaway on your blog and then include the link in a comment to this post.

This giveaway will run until Thursday, October 30, 2008, 8pm (PST). The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Halloween. I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address. Good luck!!!