My reading habits tend to mimic the mood of the seasons, or the coordinates of my current location. When we traveled to Russia, I read The Master and Margarita. A long weekend in Florida called for Swamplandia's magical realism in the Everglades. On a bus ride through Cambodia's killing fields, I tearfully made my way through First They Killed My Father. Seasons bring on the obvious moods. Summer = adventure. Winter = introspective. Spring = inspiring. Now that it's fall, I'm loving thrillers, spooks and dystopian novels. With Halloween right around the corner, what better time to begin reading a good, creepy page-turner? Here are a few of my recent favorites:
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller - So far, this is my favorite read all year. It's surprisingly beautiful given the tragic subject matter. The story's hero, an amateur pilot, survives a flu that wipes out most of the world, including everyone he's ever loved, except his dog. With his dog as his co-pilot, he flies post-apocalyptic Colorado, searching for survivors, and following the mysterious calls of the static-broken voice on the radio.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson - The title says it all! This book recounts the true events surrounding the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Larson intertwines the stories of two men, the architect who masterminded the Fair's construction, and the serial killer who took advantage of the hapless characters the fair attracted. This is a good one for people who prefer historical, reality-based horrors.
The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin - I adore Swedish Crime Novels (The Millennium Trilogy, Wallander series), and as a bonus, this one comes with a creepy seaside town and a haunted lighthouse!
Under the Dome by Steven King - I remember this one more for the enormous cast of richly drawn characters. A small town becomes trapped under a mysterious dome. Think The Simpsons Movie, only with meth labs and murderers.
The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin - These are the first two installments of an epic vampiric-zombie trilogy. I'm currently biting my nails to The Twelve. I LOVE apocalyptic worlds and Justin Cronin's is my favorite.
What are some of your (scary) favorites?
My 2012 reading list on Good Reads. What should I read next?