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Rocking Chair Reads: My Favorite Summer Night Books

Can you smell it in the air? It’s the smell of sand castles, sparklers and cookouts. Yes, summer is nearly upon us, and I cannot wait for long days and cool nights.

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One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day of hanging out in the sun is to come home, pour a glass of iced tea, and curl up with a good book while listening to the crickets chirping nearby. Nothing is more relaxing.

But there are so many choices of books to go with (it’s actually overwhelming) – and I’d like to offer you some of mine to narrow the field.

Here are my top rocking chair reads:

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Remembering William Peter Blatty: The Man Behind “The Exorcist”

Many of the included source links in this post feature images from the film that some may find scary or disturbing. Keep that in mind when clicking (As in, not at 3 AM when you can’t sleep).

There are a few things I was afraid of as a kid. The dark, spiders (okay, still afraid of that one), and the cover to my mom’s DVD copy of “The Exorcist” (1973).

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Still freaks me out. The Exorcist (1973). (c) Warner Bros

I’ll admit it. Just hearing the infamous “Tubular Bells” theme from the movie when she watched it around Halloween used to freak me out.

It wasn’t until I was older that I even watched this cinematic classic about a 12-year old girl possessed by a demon. And I have to admit, it still gives me chills whenever I see it.

But the film is second to the book in fear-factor. I read it on the beach two summers ago after coming across it on sale in the bookstore, and it stuck in my mind for a week after.

There was quite a lot of talent involved in writing a book filled with terrifying imagery, powerful symbolism, and possessive of an uncanny ability to send chills down your spine, making its author is one worth remembering.

But even people with great talent can’t live forever. William Peter Blatty, author of “The Exorcist,” passed away  on January 12th, 2017, at the age of 89.

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