Huh? (Booking through Thursday)

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What’s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of? You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether they’ve read them or not, everybody “knows” those books. I’m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, “Huh? Never heard of it?”

A Candle in Her Room by Ruth Arthur tells the story of several generations of a family haunted by a charismatic and evil doll. It scared me silly as a kid, so of course I read it over and over and over. A large part of the appeal was that the book takes place in England, maybe in Cornwall or Dover, some place with cliffs at any rate, and the characters were named Briony, Dilys, and Dido–all wonderfully exotic to American me.

Not sure whether I’ll introduce it to Bea, or let her discover it on her own… I do have a copy for her. I don’t believe in sheltering children from books, but it’s different when it’s your own child.

21 thoughts on “Huh? (Booking through Thursday)”

  1. my answer to the question would be Goodnight, Mr. Tom….

    I would have read that book to as a kid. And, I’m totally bummed its OOP.

  2. Okay… two more books to add to my list. A Candle in Her Room AND Behind the Attic Wall…. both sound wonderfully spooky and I love spooky books.

  3. yep, isn’t for everyone, agreed. oh – i did mean to tell you to try some of Neil Gaimen’s children’s books – coraline is a fun creepy read (though I think a good amount of people have heard of him and it)!

  4. I hate to be scared when I was kid LOL…….so I weren’t be familiar with this book. Maybe I should check it and see if I’ll be interested 🙂

    Happy BTTs! Have a good Thursday and good weekend ahead!

    Julia – Yen

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