Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

October 28, 2014

It has been awhile, but I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, just in time for Halloween!  Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish blog posts a new Top Ten list and invites its users to participate.  This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit.”  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but this year I just haven’t been in the mood to decorate. Maybe these books and movies will get me into the “spirit” of the holiday.

Movies (I like the classics – not the gore)

The Crow (The only non classic and some gore, but I do watch it every Halloween night) A man comes back alive and seeks revenge on the gang that killed him and his girlfriend.

Nightmare Before Christmas – a skeleton taking over Christmas? kind of like the Hogfather (best Christmas movie ever)

The Fly (or anything with Vincent Price) come on – the creepy voice at the end – “Help me! Help me!”

Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost – Hey Abbott…..

and who can forget…

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Books

The Cask of the Amontillado (or anything by Edgar Allan Poe) What could be scarier than being walled up alive?

Stephen King’s Carrie – His first book about a girl who ends up killing her tormentors with her mind tricks…

Bethany Griffin’s The Fall – Very creepy old house and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling. I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait!

The Fall

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline – Kids being kidnapped, fake parents, escaping from an alternate world

and for the nonfiction fans…

Erik Larson’s The Devil In the White City  – Murder, Mayhem, and Chicago

That’s my list. Boy it was hard to pick my favorites of the movies. I could do an entire blog just about my favorite Halloween movies. Well, there’s always next year!

- Lynnette


November Horror Book Club: Campfire Tales Gone Horribly Wrong.

October 17, 2014

troop 1Every year Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads his  troop of five boys into the isolated Canadian wilderness for a 3 day camp trip. This year should be no different, but it is. Late at night, a stranger shows up at the campsite, an emaciated, pale, and VERY hungry stranger. What they encounter is more horrifying then any campfire story… Described as part 28 Days Later and part Lord of the Flies, it starts as an ordinary camping trip turns into a fight against the elements, the infected and each other.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm for the monthly meeting of the Horror Book Club when we will be discussing The Troop the debut novel by Nick Cutter. We will meet in our board room and treats will be provided. For a copy of the book, visit our 3rd floor Information desk or call 630-685-4176.

-Christine


November Horror Book Club: Campfire Tales Gone Horribly Wrong.

October 16, 2014

troop 1Every year Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads his  troop of five boys into the isolated Canadian wilderness for a 3 day camp trip. This year should be no different, but it is. Late at night, a stranger shows up at the campsite, an emaciated, pale, and VERY hungry stranger. What they encounter is more horrifying then any campfire story… Described as part 28 Days Later and part Lord of the Flies, it starts as an ordinary camping trip turns into a fight against the elements, the infected and each other.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm for the monthly meeting of the Horror Book Club when we will be discussing The Troop the debut novel by Nick Cutter. We will meet in our board room and treats will be provided. For a copy of the book, visit our 3rd floor Information desk or call 630-685-4176.

-Christine


October Horror Book Club: This Is No Fairy Tale

September 24, 2014

While visiting Mexico back in the 1950s, something very bad happened to Don Miller.  Now in the present, Don is croningsupposed to be enjoying his retirement, but the odd  things that have always happened are getting worse? Or is he just imagining it?   Black magic, weird cults and worse lurks in the shadows.  Don is about to discover the dark secrets and savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. Fairy tales aren’t all rainbows…..

Please join us on Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm in our boardroom where we will be discussing The Croning by Laird Barron. If you are interested in attending, you can pick up a copy of the book at the third floor reference desk. So join us! Goodies will be provided. Questions? Please call 630-685-4173.

 

Christine


September Horror Book Club Selection

August 26, 2014

day by dayThe news starts to come in sporadically, something about a virus in China. You pay small attention. You hear that it is spreading fast and the US is getting involved. That doesn’t sound too good, but you’re safe in the US.   The news worsens and you find out that people are panicking and people are dying. Not good, but its over there! Then you hear about a confirmed case in the US. You know what could happen, you want to be prepared. So what do you do? Stock up on supplies, make sure you have some weapons handy to stop the looters. But these aren’t any ordinary looters and this is no ordinary disease….

Please join the Horror Book Club on Wednesday, Sept 10th when we will be discussing Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. We will be meeting in our 2nd floor board room at 7pm. Copies of the book can be picked up at the third floor reference desk or call Christine at ext. 4173. Goodies will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

 

-Christine


Horror Book Club

August 26, 2014

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Did you know that the  Fountaindale Public Library has its very own Horror Book Club? So if you like to read about demons, zombies, ghosts and the unexplained, so do we! So why not join us?

Our upcoming titles are:

September 10th – Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne

October 8th- The Croning by Laird Barron

November 12th- The Troop by Nick Cutter

December  8th – Snowblind by Christopher Golden *** The meeting will be held on Monday night in our Local History room***

We meet at 7pm in our boardroom and everyone is welcome to join us. If you are interested, copies of any of our titles are available at our 3rd floor desk or you can call us at 630-759-2102  ext. 4176.

-Christine


You Are What You Read

July 29, 2014

roommate agreement1   I was reading an email from Galley Cat, and they had an interesting article on writing that states if you want to write better then you need to read a lot of books. Now, I am not a writer, nor do I have time to be. What caught my interest was the infographic that went along with the article. The infographic is a look at what is on famous people’s bookshelves. The people that made the list are writers, musicians, movie stars, presidents, and television personalities….kinda. Along with John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, David Bowie, and Albert Einstein, you will find Dwight Schrute and my favorite – Sheldon Cooper. On Sheldon’s bookshelf you can find the infamous Roommate Agreement. If you do not know who Sheldon Cooper is run right now to your local library and rent a copy of The Big Bang Theory season one. Go ahead… I’ll wait. Good – you’re back. Now aren’t you glad you watched that? So, how many of the books on the infograph have you read? Me? Only 30 titles, but there are some good ones there such as:

Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself by Dale Power,

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies,

The Revenge Encyclopedia, and

The Armageddon Survival Handbook.

Here is a link to the entire article: http://bid4papers.com/blog/read-more-write-better/


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