The BookBum Club was created on Goodreads by the lovely Zuky the BookBum in November 2017. There is a different theme each month with the choice of book to fit the theme left entirely to individual club members. October’s theme was Horrorween. In other words, read something scary!
The Club is in hiatus for the time being so I’m deputising for Zuky this month to bring you a round-up of the books read and reviewed by club members in October. There are small snippets from each member’s review below along with a link to the full review on their blog or on Goodreads.
Misty read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
“The last half was what really got me. I didn’t want to put the book down. There were so many reveals that I never saw coming.”
The Captain read Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
“I really enjoyed the book up until the ghost showed up. But the ghost was the least scary ghost I think I have ever read about.”
Cathy read Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
“Like many short story collections, some of the stories are stronger than others. I wouldn’t say any of them are particularly scary but in the best of them there is certainly an unsettling air and a sense of the Gothic.”
Amalia read Melmoth by Sarah Perry:
“Melmoth is a book unlike any other. A place where darkness, despair, hope, and endurance form a masterfully choreographed danse macabre. It came to find me in a very particular moment in my life. I cannot thank it enough…”
Tara (re)read Misery by Stephen King:
“I find it amazing how King can take the oddest situations and make them seem realistic.”
Katherine read Preacher, Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
“…there are lot of vile, tough and graphic scenes in it but I liked the overall raw atmosphere – it was honest.”
Quirkyreader read Dead Sea by Brian Keene
“At this point in history this is one of the best zombie books that I have read.”
BAM the Bibliomaniac read Psycho by Robert Bloch
“Straight out of the real serial killer zone, but I forget which one, Norman is a real creeper.”
Jamie-Lee read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
“The parts that were supposed to be super scary were only creepy at best and far and few between.”
Jamie-Lee also read Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
“Same structure as Thin Air with the fear slowing creeping in through the book. This one was even more frightening because the main character was alone.”
If you’re a BookBum Club member and I’ve inadvertently missed your review, please add a comment to this post with a link to your review. Oh, and Happy Birthday to Zuky!