Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Hey guys! I'm here to do another Top Ten Tuesday for you all!  Now, I know that everyone else is posting about Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines, but last week I was struck down by the evil goddess Influenza (as Hank Green once said), so I didn't get the chance to share my Top Ten Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit today.  After all, Halloween isn't until tomorrow. So here they are!

1.) Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

This one is actually inspired by Allison of Good Books and Good Wine, who put it on her list.  I completely agree with this choice.  Between the mysterious circumstances surrounding Rebecca and the creepy Mrs. Danvers, this book will definitely give you a case of the shudders.

2.) Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Do you like snarky, paranormal creatures? Then you have to pick up Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. It's the story of a vampire who's pretty happy the way she is until she finds herself stabbed in the heart by a were-unicorn.  Even if that doesn't sound appealing to you, read this book anyways.  It surpassed my expectations--and they were high. 

3.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Schwab's debut isn't an obvious choice for a Halloween pick, but I enjoy fairy tale like stories around this time of year.  Plus, between Cole's existence and children disappearing, this is a haunting tale that's also beautifully written.

4.) The Walking Dead, Book One

Hungry for braaaaaiiiins?  Be sure to check this one out, then. It's a graphic novel so you get to see the terror of this zombie apocalypse in drawn form.  Just keep in mind that The Walking Dead is written for adults--not something I normally point out, but there are some conflicts in this one that I can see teens not relating to at all.

5.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I think I'm one of the only people who's picked this one, but I got some serious autumnal vibes from this book.  It was probably the delicious descriptions of hot drinks, chocolate treats, caramel apples, and popcorn.  And, as we all know, The Night Circus is filled with magic.  If you like your Halloween books to be more magical instead of scary, make The Night Circus your go-to read this season.

6.) Dracula by Bram Stoker

Requires no explanation.  Vampires are always fitting around Halloween, but unlike Twilight, Dracula is legitimately a terrifying book.

7.) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is another less obvious book, but it can definitely hold it's own against other seasonally appropriate books.  Riggs incorporates old photographs into the story, but there's a few elements that make it even more frightening.

8.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
So the Creature is terrifying. Let's not argue that.  But I think there's also something to be said for the mob mentality and the way people turn on said Creature.  It's a bit more of a thinker,  but it will creep you out.
9.) The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Look at the title of this book.  Obviously, it's quite a gory pick.   This one is very Gothic, so if you're into that, you will eat Carter's collection of short stories right up.

10.) Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Here we have another paranormal creature: werewolves.  However, there are also witches involved, and the climax of this book takes place on Halloween.  What more could you ask for?

Those are some books I think are perfect for this time of year.  What are your favorite books to read around Halloween?


  1. YES! Dracula is friggen awesome.

    And for reals? I LOVE REBECCA. Allison is totally on the money with that one.

  2. Love The Walking Dead!!! Good list! And hope you're feeling better.

    Check out my TTT (this week's topic).

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. I've heard such fab things about Drink, Slay, Love... I might have to pick it up!

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