when i was home in michigan a few weeks ago, i finally got to see where my sister and her fiance purchased their first home: the precious town of plymouth. although it's only about 40 minutes from where we grew up, i'd only been to plymouth once before, 10 years ago, in the middle of winter. i was not expecting the fabulous antique shops, beautiful and unique homes, or halloween spirit on full display.
doesn't this last house just seem haunted?! plymouth is made for halloween.
"you know, there aren't enough traditions that involve giving books."
- neil gaiman, october 23, 2010
and with that blog post just over a year ago, mr. gaiman, a favoriteauthor of this here blog owner, created a tradition that took off immediately.
it's called all hallows read. and the concept is simple: "on hallowe'en or during the week of hallowe'en, we give each other scary
books. give children scary books they'll like and can handle. give
adults scary books they'll enjoy."
"new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. give someone a scary book for hallowe'en. make their flesh creep..."
c took up the challenge immediately, gifting me let the right one in last hallowe'en, which i am too scared to read (i'm a wimp). but this year? it was salem's lot. my first stephen king read. i finished it in less than a week. wow. terrifying. and awesome. but mostly terrifying.
but that's ok. it is hallowe'en, after all. a scare or two each october is good for me.
i like to display my favorite hallowe'en books during this time of year. ones from my childhood, like happy birthday little witch and scary stories to tell in the dark,right next to newer favorites, like wicked, dracula, and practical magic. books are so good at holding memories.
my suggestion for the perfect all hallows read book? neil gaiman's own the graveyard book. technically for children but so well-written that any adult will enjoy.
hi, my name is diane and i'm a stationery-aholic. and i'm thrilled to announce that my girl jess lc is now feeding my addiction with a limited time stationery collaboration with fig. 2 design studio!
and here's the real exciting part: i'm giving away an 8-card set of either of the below designs - the winner chooses her favorite!
how to enter:
become a google friend connect follower of a spot of whimsy and tell me which
one's your favorite - cheersor merci- in the comments.
(include your email address or make sure it's in your profile so i can notify the winner)
if you are already a follower, then just leave your comment!
for extra entries:
1. tweet about the giveaway
include my twitter - @aspotofwhimsy- and jess lc's - @jessconstable - in the tweet!
then leave another comment right here telling me you did.