Top Ten Books to Read to Get in The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original concept started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday a specific bookish topic will be discussed in the blog community. It’s a great way to encourage people to talk about books and to introduce book-loving bloggers to one another.

Today’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books to Read to Get in The Halloween Spirit’. Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of 31st of October.  The word Halloween is short for All Hallows’ Evening, also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Did you know that Pagans too celebrate the Day of the Dead also known as Samhain (pronounced ‘sow’inn’)? If you would like to read more about Halloween, visit this link.

Here are my book suggestions for this Halloween/Samhain. Kindly take note that these books are available for rent at SS Readers Corner!

Local folklore

I selected these books because they feature local ghosts who are usually known to be restless spirits. If you enjoy watching Thai horror movies, then you may like these books.

‘Nightmares’ series by Pugalenthi

Local horror stories available for rent

Local horror stories available for rent

‘True Singapore Ghost Stories’ series by Russell Lee

Be spooked by these ghost stories!

Be spooked by these ghost stories!

Children’s books

This collection is for those who are nostalgic and/or would like to introduce the series to their own children. Mr Midnight series is very popular in Malaysia and Singapore that they outsold Harry Potter series at one time.

‘Mr Midnight’ series by James Lee

'Mr Midnight' books for rent

‘Mr Midnight’ books for rent

‘Spookville’ by Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike for young readers

Christopher Pike for young readers

Based on television shows

These shows are my favourite tv shows when I was a teenager. If you don’t know anything about it, read this short summary. The shows featured a lot of  supernatural elements such as vampires, werewolf, witches, demons, alternate world etc.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ series

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

‘Angel’ series

'Ange', a spinoff of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

‘Ange’, a spinoff of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Paranormal romance

Our paranormal romance section features authors such as Sherilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Lyndsay Sands and Charlaine Harris. Sherilyn Kenyon’s books features demons and shapeshifters while Kresley Cole writes about vampires, witches and also demons.

Book series by Sherilyn Kenyon

Various book series by Sherilyn Kenyon

Check out these books by Sherilyn Kenyon

‘Immortals after Dark’ series by Kresley Cole

Our collection of Kresley Cole's books

Our collection of Kresley Cole’s books

General fiction

‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King

This book is last year’s winner of Goodreads Choice Award in the horror genre. ‘Doctor Sleep’ is the sequel to ‘The Shining’ whereas ‘Odd Thomas’ is about a young man who is able to see dead people.

‘Doctor Sleep’, a sequel to ‘The Shining’

‘Odd Thomas’ series by Dean Koontz

‘Odd Thomas’ by Dean Koontz


What are your favourite spooky reads? Share your comments and/or list in the comment box below so I could read and comment on your chosen books.

Happy Halloween/Merry Samhain!

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Benefit of renting books: #7 Avoid buying books you don’t read

In Malaysia, a book in mass-market paperback format costs RM35 on average. Once in awhile, there are several book clearance sales in the country. During these sales, that same book could be sold as low as RM5.

Most book-lovers go into book-buying frenzy. They bring boxes or trolley bags to the venue so imagine the amount of books that they purchase!

Few customers told Mr Sam (store owner) that they keep buying books even though they have not completed reading all of the previous year’s purchase. Some even own books that have been sitting on bookshelves for years!

So instead of buying books you don’t read, why don’t you rent books at SS Readers Corner? You only pay 25% of its retail price if you return the book before its due date (it’s usually 90-days rental).

Visit our store to find out more about our book collection.

A book clearance sale in Kuala Lumpur

ps: This is a serial of blog posts to encourage people to borrow/rent books. Find out more about this blog serial by clicking the tag ‘Series’.

Top Ten Childhood Favourites

The Broke and the Bookish hosts a weekly meme called ‘Top Ten Tuesday‘. It aims to: 1) encourage people to talk about books and 2) introduce book-loving bloggers to one another.

Instead of writing about ‘Top New Series I Want To Start’, I would like to post something that promotes SS Readers Corner this week. Therefore I have chosen to take an old topic and write about ‘Childhood Favourites’. Here are 10 children’s books that are available at this book rental store!

‘A Series of Unfortunate Event’ series by Lemony Snicket

Our collection of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' books

Our collection of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ books

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series by C.S. Lewis

We have the complete set of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' in our store

Complete set of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ in our store

‘Artemis Fowl’ series by Eoin Colfer

'Artemis Fowl' collection

‘Artemis Fowl’ collection

Books by Enid Blyton 

Enid Blyton for rent

Enid Blyton for rent

Books by Terry Pratchett

Our collection of Terry Pratchett books

Our collection of Terry Pratchett books

‘Septimus Heap’ series by Angie Sage

'Septimus Heap' available in our store

‘Septimus Heap’ available in our store

‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens

Our classics collection

Our classics collection

Books by Jacqueline Wilson

Books by Jacqueline Wilson

Books by Jacqueline Wilson

‘Nancy Drew’ series by Carolyn Keene

Our 'Nancy Drew' collection

‘Nancy Drew’ books available for rent

‘The Hardy Boys Casefiles’ series by Franklin W. Dixon

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Have a look at our Young Readers bookshelf. Call Mr Sam if you are looking for a specific children’s book.

What are your childhood favourites? If you have written about this post before, share your links below.

New arrivals – 28/09/2014

Dear customers,

These books are new arrivals at the store:

Title Author Genre
The Courier Andrew Britton Thriller
Blood Lies Richard Marcinko & Jim DeFelice Thriller
The October List Jeffery Deaver Thriller
Run to You Rachel Gibson Contemporary romance
What I Love about You Rachel Gibson Contemporary romance
Dangerous Refuge Elizabeth Lowell Romantic suspense
The Earl’s Mistress Liz Carlyle Historical romance

Please call Mr Sam if you would like to borrow the book(s).

Benefits of renting books: #6 Improve English proficiency

‘Bahasa Malaysia’ is the national language in Malaysia. English and Mandarin are widely spoken, particularly in main cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Education First’s English Proficiency Index listed Malaysians as highly proficient English speakers. Yet recently several people have noted that English proficiency of Malaysian university graduates are quite low (read articles written by The SunLok Wing Kong and/or BA Hamzah for more details). As a result, these graduates become unemployable in the English-medium private sector (‘Bahasa Malaysia’ is the medium of instruction in the government sector).

There are many ways to improve one’s English language skill. One of the ways is to read (click here to see other strategies).

Out of 28,000 books stored in SS Readers Corner, majority of them are written in English. I asked my friend, who is an English graduate, to recommend books for English as Second Language (ESL) learners. She suggested these titles:

  • ‘Harry Potter series’ by J.K. Rowling
  • ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger
  • ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis
  • ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon
  • ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L.M. Montgomery
  • ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll
  • ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Johnathan Swift

Even though these titles are categorised as young adult and children’s books, the language deployed in each book is rich. The plot has substance hence making it appealing to adults and teenagers.

We have the complete set of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' in our store

We have the complete set of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ in our store

Some of the suggested books are available from SS Readers Corner. Visit our store to rent the books and work on improving your English proficiency.

ps: This is a serial of blog posts to encourage people to borrow/rent books. Click on the number to read previous posts: #1#2#3#4 and #5.

New Arrivals – 07/09/2014

Here is a list of newly arrived books at our store:

Title Author Genre
Cross My Heart James Patterson Mystery
Mistress James Patterson Mystery
Dexter’s Final Cut Jeff Lindsay Mystery
Dust Patricia Cornwall Mystery
Hunted Karen Robards Romantic suspense
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love Jill Mansell Chick lit

Head to the store if you’d like to rent any of these books.

New Arrivals – 30/08/2014

Dear Customers,

Sorry for the lack of updates on newly arrived books this month. I was only able to visit the store a few days ago.

Here is a list of new arrivals at SS Readers Corner:

Title Author Genre
Dark Lycan Christine Feehan Paranormal romance
Hotshot Julie Garwood Romantic suspense
Possession J.R. Ward Paranormal romance
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan Historical fiction
How the Scoundrel Seduces Sabrina Jeffries Historical romance
Doctor Sleep Stephen King Horror
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Non-fiction
Natchez Burning Greg Iles Thriller
Vixen in Velvet Loretta Chase Historical romance
Unbreakable Stephanie Tyler Romantic suspense
The Kill Order James Dashner Young adult
The Scorch Trials James Dashner Young adult
The Maze Runner James Dashner Young adult

Most of the books are on rent so I couldn’t take photos of the book except for the ones below. If you would like to rent any of the new books, please contact Mr Sam for their availability.

Have a good weekend!

James Dashner: The Kill Order (the prequel), The Scorch Trials (#2) & The Death Cure (#3)

James Dashner: The Kill Order (the prequel), The Scorch Trials (#2) & The Death Cure (#3)