Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books for Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween

In all honesty, I usually avoid scary and creepy books. I scare myself often enough, I don’t need books to add to my paranoia. I am trying to branch out as a reader this year, though, so creepy books have, well, crept into my TBR pile. Below is a list of five books I highly recommend for Halloween season and five books I’m still working up the courage to read.

Also, here's a picture of my "Spooktacular Stories" bulletin board in my classroom, and yes, I am a fan of lame puns.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)  

                     The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)   I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)   Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)

1. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters - love, love, love this debut novel! Creepy cover and creepy story. This should be on the top of your Halloween TBR list!

2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - the creepy cover will suck you in and the story will keep a hold on you. Seriously, how do you walk away from this cover without giving the book a try?

3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - mental institution creepy! I felt Mara’s fear right alongside her. Noises in the basement while reading this book? Yep, my knife-wielding husband had to go check them out.

4. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga - Loved this book! It’s not creepy in a monster and ghost way, but it’s creepy in a murder way...even worse, in my opinion. Lots of lock checking after this one.

5. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown - I love a good 1920s fictional story, and this one features magic, which is quickly becoming a guilty reading pleasure of mine. Speaking to spirits definitely makes my creepy things list.

                         The Coldest Girl in Coldtown   The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)   A Monster Calls
                                               Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)   This is Not a Test

6. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black - I’ve heard this is a non-Twilight vampire book. Vampires have always intrigued me, but Twilight just didn’t do it. This might just be the book I’ve been waiting for.

7. The Diviners by Libba Bray - The 1920s? The occult? Supernatural powers? Yes! This might actually move up to the top of my TBR list.

8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - I’ve yet to read a Patrick Ness book, but this might just be the book that does it. Plus, I’m intrigued by the creepy cover.

9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - I’ve heard nothing but great reviews of this book. And the summary...wow! Might be too bloody for me, but wow nonetheless.

10. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - apocalypse stories are quite popular right now, but for some reason this one sounds extra creepy. Count me in (but only when it’s light outside).


  1. This is Not a Test is awesome!! You should SO read it! It's not that long either so it goes fast :) I just read The Diviners recently and I really liked it. But that one is pretty massive. I loved I Hunt Killers and Mara Dyer too... but I need to read Shadows of Blackbirds, it looks really good! Love your list (and your bulletin board!).

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  2. You have some pretty scary books there. I really liked Anna Dressed in Blood. This is Not a Test looks pretty scary to.

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  3. Oh! A Monster Calls! I have that on my list too. I love creepy covers. They really draw you in. Great list!
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