It’s hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner. We asked five authors which is the scariest book they’ve ever read. See their picks and remember to read with the lights on! Also on Shelf Pleasure is author R.J. Koreto, a name you must know if you enjoy historical fiction as much as we do.

From book reviews to book news, here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

5 Scary Reads in Honor of Halloween
Our friends at Book’d, our favorite Los Angeles literary festival, share their scariest reads. 

A Novel Trip: Geeking out in Salem, MA
Shelf Pleasure contributor Jackie Kimmel took the trip of her literary lifetime by visiting Salem, MA, to see the town that inspired her favorite play The Crucible. Kimmel also has a few travel suggestions for those of who you may want to take a similar trip.

Author Q&A: R.J. Koreto
If you love historical fiction (or are an anglophile) you must get to know Koreto, author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes series, set in the Edwardian era. Koreto talks to us about the series, what he’s working on next, and how, as a man, he seamlessly writes from a woman’s perspective.

Book News of the Week: Party at Dracula’s Castle
Looking for the ultimate way to celebrate Halloween? Check out this chance to spend two nights in Dracula’s castle! And in this week’s most amazing book news: meet the preschooler who makes the rest of us look like slackers by having read 1,000 books before even beginning kindergarten.


To Kill A Mockingbird …

Is one of our favorite books. We read it at least once a year. So we were hesitant to pick up Harper Lee’s recently “discovered” followup, Go Set a Watchman, because the reviews have been so mixed. We found ourselves pleasantly, if not urgently, turning the pages. The book would have been a perfectly fine read…if it had been published before Mockingbird. But following in its footsteps, it is hard for it to shine as brightly. And while discovering what happened to Scout, her family, and her friends felt a little like coming home, her world is sadder with the absence of so many important secondary characters, from her brother to her ever present friend Dill. What did you think of the book? And tell us, which book do you find yourself reading over and over again?

Until next week, happy reading!