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Book 160: "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris

Title: Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter 1)
Author: Thomas Harris
Read in: Mass Market Paperback
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher: Berkley

This is outside my usual genres. I am not really a thriller reader, in general. However, my book club is helping me to break my habits and re-explore little read by me genres. I chose this book, in all honesty, because I do have a thing for creepy serial killers. I can't tell you why, but their histories (not their deeds) fascinate me. It is for that reason that I love the Hannibal Lecter movies. They focus less on the actual crimes of serial killers but on the why. So, when my book club chose to read a spooky book for fall; I decided it was more than time for me to read the books to the movies I appreciate so much. As is almost always (excepting the case of maybe 3 books) the book was SO much better.

I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, well developed (both plot and characters), and it definitely keeps the reader turning the page. It's just the…

Book 159: "The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury

Title: The Halloween Tree
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Children's Adventure/ Mythology
Publisher: Yearling
Read in: Trade Paperback

I have to admit I've only read Fahrenheit 451 of Bradbury's many, many works- that is until now. I actually enjoyed this book much more! While I appreciate Bradbury's classic; it has never really spoken to me. This book really has nothing to do with Fahrenheit 451 except for the author. I just wasn't sure what to expect.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a story of a troop of boys on Halloween that go to their local haunted mansion. One boy gets kidknapped and the rest join a spirit guide through the many ages and traditions that make up Halloween to rescue him. The book is fun, educational, and one you can tear apart (if you want to). This is the perfect Halloween story for children and adults. It has spooky and heartwarming moments. Really, I recommend everyone read it for Halloween- or any time.