Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read Around Halloween!

I've been looking forward to this week's topic Top Ten meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  Though I totally have to put a disclaimer first.  I'm not terribly big on horror or graphic violence cause, um, I get nightmares really easily.  I'm seriously a total wuss. 

So!  Most of my books are more on the creepy or ghostly or gothic horror end of the spectrum.  :D

1. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - I read/reviewed this a few weeks back and LOVED IT. Such a creepy and hilarious book.  I'm seriously rereading it this weekend for Halloween-ness.
2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak - It's narrated by Death.  Come on.
3. Maggie Quinn: Girl v. Evil by Rosemary Clement-Moore - This trilogy is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in book form.  Snarky quips, pop culture, and fighting evil.  Love them.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - It's the ULTIMATE horror novel.  And it was written by a teenager. And it's really, really good.  If you haven't read it, what are you waiting for?
5. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - One of the great Gothic horror novels.  Seriously fantastic.
6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - And a satire of the Gothic novels of the late 18th century. Also totally funny.
7. The Opposite of Life by Narelle M. Harris - This is finally available in the US!  Only for Kindle, but still!  It's a fantastic addition to the vampire genre set in Melbourne, Australia.  I seriously loved it.  Also got nightmares. (Told you)
8. Edgar Allan Poe - Any of his short stories or poetry because it's all creepy as anything.
9. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh - This book really wasn't my cup of tea, but it definitely fulfills the qualifications for a good Halloween read.  It's spooky and about Edgar Allan Poe.
10. John Dies at the End by David Wong - Possibly the creepiest book I've ever, ever read.  Holy crap, it's a head trip.

And there's my ten picks to keep someone busy until Halloween!  What do you guys think?  What's on your list of haunted Halloween reads?


  1. Northanger Abbey is actually one of my favourite books, but I didn't think to add it on my list! Good call :)

    The Name of the Star and The Book Thief have been on my to-read list FOREVER and I totally have to get to reading them soon!

  2. I forgot to put Name of the Star on my list!! How could I forget that one?! Oh well, great list of books! Frankenstein is definitely a top pick to read! I have never read it but now I really want to.

    Thanks for commenting on ours!


  3. Ooh, I love that you put Northanger Abbey on your list!

  4. I have Nevermore, The Name of the Star and a couple of Poe stories on my list too. Have not heard of John Dies @ the End, but it sounds marvelous. Great list!

  5. Love the book cover for Woman in White - it has that old style creepy vibe.

  6. Poe and Frankenstein made my list as well...The Book Thief has been on my TBR shelf for far too long. Can you believe I've never read The Woman in White??

  7. I put The Name of the Star on my list as well. Some of your choices I haven't heard of but they sound really good. I'm going to take a look at Maggie Quinn and The Opposite of Life.

  8. Loved your list.
    I haven't been able to get my hands on Name of the Star yet but I'm a huge Maureen Johnson fan.
    John Dies @ the End sounds great too, I'll have to check it out.

  9. Fantastic list. I always get so creeped out reading Poe!

  10. John Dies at the End looks HORRIBLY SCARY. Just the writing on the hand and the scribbly font. Yikes.

  11. Everyone picked Frankenstein. I don't know how I could forget this book.

    My TTT list for Halloween

  12. For some reason Northanger Abbey was the first book I thought of for this list! The whole idea cracked me up.

    And definitely read Name of the Star! It's so so good. Which isn't to say The Book Thief isn't, but Name of the Star is a new love. :D

  13. Read it in the upcoming week for Halloween! :D

  14. Thank you! I thought it was appropriate. :)

  15. John Dies @ the End was published as a webseries first so I think it kind of spread by word of mouth mostly. But it's creepy and awesome!

  16. It's actually a painting in the (US) National Gallery! And it definitely has the creepy factor.

  17. After seeing all the classics on your list, I totally can't believe it! Seriously, go read it today. It's worth it.

  18. I'd love to see what you think! I got a hold of The Opposite of Life when an Aussie friend came to visit me with it in her suitcase. She knew what was a good hostess gift for me for sure. :D

    And Maggie Quinn is just hilarious while being creepy. The second book is about demons in a sorority house!

  19. I totally wasn't a Maureen Johnson fan until I read Name of the Star, but now I so am! It's a great book..and now I've read half her books oops?

  20. Oh me too! His poetry sometimes creeps me out more than his stories too. He was just a master of literature!

  21. It is seriously the hugest mindfuck EVER (excuse the word please! That's the ONLY ONE that applies). Also it manages to be funny. I don't even know how.

  22. I actually added John Dies at the End to my list today. I saw it somewhere else, and started reading about it, it sounds really neat.

    Beth ^_^

  23. Michele @ Just A Lil LostOctober 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Heh, I also have Frankenstein on my list :)

    I want to read The Name of the Star so badly! It sounds so good!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10 Tuesday

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