Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2018

  My creople (creepy + people), I give you the sixth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris It had been, as the hip youths say, a minute since I had read a graphic novel. It’s a moon-howlin’ shame, too, because this past summer, the […]

Put Non-Scary Cemetery Luminary at the Library on Your Itinerary

A cemetery seems like the perfect place to get your Halloween vibes up to the lofty levels of this guy. However, we totally understand if you’d rather not visit one recreationally. Perhaps you’re a fraidy cat. Or an unsure squirrel. Or a respectful horse. Whatever your particular deal may be, we’re going to help you […]

Ghoulish Games: Test Your Halloween Knowledge

If you’re not doing scary readin’ in October, you’re doing it wrong. There’s no penalty for not doing it; no knife-wielding, homicidal maniac is going to advance on you very, very slowly if you opt to not indulge. Reading horror novels is, however, one of the best ways to give yourself the Halloween warm and […]

Escape From the Library (If You Want)

Being trapped in a room can be a real bummer. Jodie Foster didn’t have such a hot time in Panic Room. Getting stuck in their storm shelter only led to frustration for the Simpsons, and spinning the middle side of a Rubik’s Cube topwise only made things worse. Things got really dramatic for R. Kelly […]

Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2017

  Ghosts and ghouls, I give you the fifth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson My first exposure to author Shirley Jackson came in high school, when my English class read Jackson’s short story The Lottery, which isn’t this kind of lottery […]

The Best Knife for Pumpkins is a Laser

Whenever I think about carving Halloween pumpkins nowadays, my mind naturally goes to Crocodile Dundee. It’s not much of a scary movie, despite its moments of croc-related suspense, but it does have the quintessential knife quote, and pumpkin carving is all about knife size/skill. At least, it used to be. If you’ve been to the […]

A Very Friday the 13th Wednesday the 18th

Whether you treat Friday the 13th as an occasion to celebrate, have a genuine fear of it, or brazenly mock it by doing something has terrifyingly fate-tempting as taking Flight 666 to HEL, there’s no denying this particular Friday the 13th is a timely one, what with it being October, the month to indulge in […]

Smells Like Halloween Spirit

October is upon us, which means it’s time to cram yourself full of pre-Halloween Halloween candy (otherwise known as “candy”), bitterly curse the Texas weather that’s prohibiting you from enjoying sweater season, crank up The Monster Mash on repeat (assuming it is, in fact, seasonally appropriate), and, most importantly, indulge in some Halloween-y reading. Regular […]

Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2016

Halloween is only a few days away, which means it’s time for me to recap my scary reading for the month in the fourth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff This book was a library book club selection that we strategically scheduled to discuss in […]

Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2015

As October approached this year, I told myself I would get myself pumped up for Halloween by watching scary movies and shows, playing scary video games, and reading scary books. Here we are at the end of the month, and I’ve done exactly one of those things. Fortunately, it’s the thing most relevant to this […]


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