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Essential English-Language Works of Modern Indian Literature  ›

The 60 most essential books to understand modern India, from Indian authors and translators.
by World Literature Today
58 books

Happy Birthday, Charlotte Brontë!   ›

50 books to celebrate Charlotte Brontë
by karenbrissette
50 books

OAH18 Reading List  ›

It's time for the Organization of American Historians annual meeting. Check out these books!
by Oxford Academic
44 books

An Exclusive Q&A with Librarian Nancy Pearl  ›

In celebration of National Library Week, Karen Brissette talks to legendary librarian Nancy Pearl about action figures, artificial intelligence, and what to read next.
by Riffle Features
28 books

10 Best Haunted House Books of All Time  ›

What are the 10 best haunted house books that have shaped our thinking of hauntings and the many haunted house stories that followed them?
by Riffle Horror
12 books
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  • BONUS BOOK: "The Turn of the Screw" (1898) a gothic novella by Henry James. This book doesn't completely fit with the rest of the books in this list, it's one that I feel certain helped spawn them. Without Henry James' then ground-breaking psychological suspense novel, we probably wouldn't have had a razor-sharp Shirley Jackson. A young governess, caring for two kids begins to see ghosts that mean to corrupt them.

  • "The Haunting of Hill House" (1959) by Shirley Jackson. Shirley's novel is the seminal haunted house story of the twentieth century. Read it as a ghost story, as a psychological suspense novel or as both, it's a different story each time. How cool is that? It has influenced, I think for the better, some of the best haunted house novels that followed.

  • "Hell House" (1971) by Richard Matheson. Of all the books in the list, Matheson's fierce tale of haunting seems most in direct contrast with Shirley's classic story. Hill House may have one ghost, Belasco House has many -- that kind of contrast. Reading them one after another was enlightening. A physicist and two mediums, tackle Hell House and discovers that every question answered lead to new mysteries.

  • "The Shining" (1977) by Stephen King -- This book is often cited as one of two truly scary Stephen King novels. Jack Torrance is the new off-season caretaker of The Overlook Hotel. While snowed in, he hopes to break through his writer's block and begin his next story as he reconnects with his family. The Overlook seduces Jack, not unlike Hill House, but the hotel doesn't really want Jack -- it wants his son Danny.

  • "Soulstorm" (1986) by Chet Williamson. If "Hell House" contrasts against "Hill House", "Soulstorm" contrasts against them both. A billionaire seeking proof of life after death has five people sealed up in the mansion on Pine Mountain. They soon discover that it's haunted. Why it is haunted and by whom will surprise the reader. The story works great on its own but is richer if you read Jackson and Matheson first.

Top Ten: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read  ›

Inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl for April 10th. These are 10 books that I loved but will never Re-Read!
by SERIESous Book Reviews
10 books
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  • This was a great book but I just don't think my heart could take all the emotions again.

  • This story was amazing! It's unlike anything I've ever read before. But some of the subject matter is hard to stomach and I don't know if I could read it again because of that.

  • My heart was BROKEN after reading this book. If I hadn't been at work when I read this, I would have sobbed like a baby!

  • I was a stanch defender of this book--and then DNF'd its sequel. I've read stronger High Fantasy series after the fact and this one just doesn't compare for me.

  • Again, this is simply do to the mature subject matter. This is a great book to read and appreciate but it has a lot of hard truths that will rip your heart apart.

From the Land of the Rising Sun  ›

Welcome to the small trove of delightfully curious fiction from Japan.
by Adroit Droid
7 books