23.10.17

Spooky Stories to Read in the Dark! (And a $100 Amazon.ca Giveaway!)

by Ed



I'm so excited! I finally have my own Kindle Paperwhite! 


When Amazon Canada offered us a Paperwhite - AND $100 to giveaway to our readers - there wasn't any hesitation.  We've been Kindle converts for years - all four of us have our own Kindles and use them every day.  But, sadly Robin is the only one with a Paperwhite and I've had jealousy issues.  


Why would this matter? Why would I covet a Paperwhite, when I already have a Kindle?


Well, the Paperwhite has got this amazing screen light that isn't backlit (like a phone or table), so it is easy on your eyes. It allows you to read in the dark!!! 


Over the years, we've had many situations (hotels, sick kids, camping etc) where we need to be in the same room as our children to sleep. We usually like to stay up later reading than they do - so reading by a bright table lamp isn't going to fly when they want to sleep.


Enter the Paperwhite and my envy.


The past year, every time a situation like this has arisen, Robin has been able to quietly read away on her Paperwhite, while I hide under the blankets using my phone flashlight like a little kid sneaking comic books after bedtime. I usually read for about 5 minutes and give up in frustration - while Robin reads contentedly next to me.


No longer! To celebrate my Kindle Paperwhite and Halloween in general, here is a list of spooky books for both kids and adults to read in the dark and enjoy

...AND a Giveaway!  



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Books for Little People:




The Monster at the End of this Book



A classic! No spoilers, but the monster at the won't give your kids bad dreams. Our kids loved how Grover tries to prevent you from turning each page and you get to foil him.
Robin may have given herself laryngitis from reading in her Grover voice.  #totallyworthit




Boo! by Robert Munsch




What list of kids books - especially Canadian kids - would be complete without a Munsch? This one is perfect for Halloween or whenever you feel like some scary (and some 'BOO-ING')




Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt




Poor Scaredy Squirrel - so many things in the world to be scared of and along comes Halloween.
We love all the Scardey Squirrel books!



The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler





Another classic - although this one is more recent. It was suggested to us by friends whose daughter found it scary in the fun way that parent's endorse (i.e. it doesn't ruin bedtime for a month).




The Goosebumps Series by R.L Stine



Goosebumps books need no introduction. There are approximately a million of them in the series and lots of kids devour them. A caveat - they may not be for everyone; our son was not a fan - scary books are NOT his thing, but we know lots of other parents whose kids couldn't get enough of them.




Books for Big People:


Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare




Our teenage daughter tore through this whole series in what seemed like a week. Some vampires, werewolves, demons and other scary stuff, but for older kids -likely the right mix.




World War Z by Max Brooks



We both read this a few years ago and I distinctly remember reading it as fast as possible so I could finish it and wouldn't have to think about it at night. Nothing like the movie - more like a  Ken Burns documentary on a zombie war... Yes, you read the right - and it is still nightmare material.




Meddling Kids: A Novel by Edgar Cantero



I just started reading this, but I'll tell you it is definitely for the older crowd. Despite the premise of 'Scooby-Doo gang, all grown up' there is nothing Saturday morning cartoon about this. Fun and full of Easter Eggs for cartoon and comic book fans the way Stranger Things was for movie buffs.






Again, a list of Scary Books would be incomplete without a Steven King entry. This was a suggestion from a friend - not a mainstream pick like It or The Stand. Many GoodReads reviewers seem to agree with several saying it is King's best work!




The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker



This book was also frightening, but not in the monsters and gore sort of way.  Imagine the Earth begins turning slower and life as we know it starts changing.  Days stretch out and Nights become even longer and more mysterious. Weird stuff happens. Whether you read it as climate-change allegory or just dig 'end of the world' fiction, this is a dark, unnerving read.



Here's the Giveaway!  Open to Canadian Residents only.



Canadians! Win $100 gift card for Amazon.ca

28 comments:

  1. The monster at the end of this book is a classic and perfect for young kids.

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    1. Isn't it though! So fun and sweet. :). Thanks for sharing, Judy.

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  2. I loved reading " the monster at the end of the story. " Both for my own children and the children at preschool...thankyou

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    1. I love Grover! I'm happy to hear preschool kids still get to enjoy that classic. Thanks, Ruth! :)

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  3. My kids always loved Scaredy Squirrel and the funny things he did!

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    1. Me too! He's such a great character. Thanks for sharing, Tammy! :)

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    1. Misery! Yes that should have been on our list, Paul. One of the best Stephen King movie adaptations too. :)

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  5. My youngest loves the Scaredy Squirrel Halloween book!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Jo-Anna! I'm a bit sad my kids have grown past picture books - Scardey Books are so fun to read together. :)

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  6. The Monster at the End of this Book is one of our favourites!! And I totally try to do the Grover voice too lol. I also love Misery by Stephen King.

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    1. Another Grover fan! Thanks for sharing, Jennifer. :)

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  7. I'm right there with you about losing your voice doing Grover's voice- still one of my my favorite kid's books!

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    1. It's such a classic! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. My favourite is The Monster At The End of This Book! My husband will read it to our kids in Grover's voice and they love it!

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    1. So many people love that book! I had no idea. Thanks for joining in, Kirsten. :)

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  9. We love them all, especially Scaredy Squirrel, Grover, and Robert Munsch!

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    1. They're so great. Hard to pick just one, eh, Marya?! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  10. A favourite around here is The Gruffalo!

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  11. My favorite is The Monster at the End of this Book

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    1. I don't know that one - I'll have to check it out! :)

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  13. I am guessing my favorite doesn't have to be a kids book, its The SHining, also loved the movie

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    1. REDRUM! And I won't ever forget those creepy twins! :)

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  14. My favorite is Boo! :)

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  15. I loved Meddling Kids: A Novel by Edgar Cantero

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