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Read It Forward is teaming up with Books for Better Living to bring you the spookiest, the creepiest, the tastiest, the most creative Box o’ Halloween Books ever!

For all you crafty RIFers, we have Vampire Knits and Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts. For RIFers with a sweet tooth, we have Candy Aisle Crafts and Treat Yourself. For horror fans, we have World War Z and Vampire Zero. And just for fun, we included Crap Taxidermy and Pat the Zombie. But wait, there’s more!

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10 Surprisingly Spooky BOOks!

Readers Beware: not all these novels appear spooky at first: but as we’ve learned, it’s not fair to judge a book by its cover—much less its synopsis.

From literary novels like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to postmodern masterpieces like House of Leaves, Emily Ansara Baines includes some really unexpected books in her top 10 list.

This aren’t your typical Halloween reads (though Stephen King does make an appearance). Take a look and leave a comment with your favorites!

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Start Reading Amnesia by Peter Carey

From the two-time Booker Prize winner: an exhilarating, exceedingly timely new novel–at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny–that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.

When Gaby Baillieux released the Angel Worm virus into Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walked free. And because the Americans run the prisons – as they do so many parts of her country – the doors of some 5,000 jails in the US also opened.

Was this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war?

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Hello from the Gillespies Is Perfect for Your Book Club

Would you ever tell the truth – the real, honest-to-goodness truth – in your annual holiday letter?

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth …

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Without Angela, the family would fall apart.

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Start Reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s Addictive New Thriller

New York is toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you’re rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man—box-cutter at the ready.

His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people’s fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but now they’re coming at him from all sides and it’s impossible to know whom to trust.

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12 Acts of Cannibalism (Just in Time for Halloween)

We all have some crazy bit of trivia we like to share and astonish our friends. What’s yours?

Prepare to be even more revolted, flabbergasted, appalled, and completely entertained by this incredible follow-up collection of absolutely true trivia from the author of 5 People Who Died During Sex.

Nothing is too insane, too inane, or too sacred for Karl Shaw’s eclectic lists of the world’s very worst. In this excerpt, Shaw shares 12 Acts of Cannibalism (aka Your Eatin’ Heart).

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Survival of the Geekiest: Get the Reader’s Guide for The Martian

Debut novelist and self-proclaimed space nerd Andy Weir manages to make every moment of astronaut Mark Watney’s outer-space ordeal painstakingly realistic and believable.

For scifi fans, The Martian is an obvious choice: the kind of debut space fiction geeks will gobble up like candy. But even if you’re not a big science fiction reader, you should consider reading The Martian with your book group. It’s smart, provocative – with plenty of hot topics to discuss – and it’s just the kind of book to reboot your reading routine.

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Reboot Your Reading Routine

Have you ever read outside your comfort zone? If so, tell us about it! Was it inspiring or disastrous?

“Sure, you know all about getting into a rut at work, socially, and in your exercise regimen,” says Nicole Sprinkle. “But what about in your reading life?

Even pleasurable pastimes can become dull. While you probably stick with a favorite genre, author or style of writing – and with good reason, of course! – doing so sometimes that limits your perspective, your circle of knowledge, and even your imagination.”