Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads

Posted October 28, 2014 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 6 Comments

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s theme: Books to Get into the Halloween Spirit

Darkness falls across the blog
The midnight hour is coming in like the fog

Creatures crawl in search of books
To terrorize your reading nook

And whosoever shall be caught
Without a spooky read, either borrowed or bought

Must stand and face the hounds of the ‘net
And rot like an 80’s cassette

The foulest stench is in the post
The funk of forty thousand pounds of compost

And grisly ghouls from every site
Are closing in to dim your nightlight

And though you fight to stay awake
Your body starts to quake

For no mere discussion can supersede
The evil of THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY: Halloween Reads!

(lyrics for Thriller by Michael taken from


Bekka’s Picks

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1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.  Shirley Jackson is the queen of suspense and atmosphere and just fucking with a person’s head.  While The Lottery is a favorite, I personally would pick We Have Always Lived in the Castle for a Halloween read.  The narrator is creepy and unreliable and there’s just an unsettling feeling over the entire story.  It’s very short and a very quick read, but it’s definitely messed up and creepy in the best ways possible.

2. Tighter by Adele Griffin.  This book is definitely creepy with the ghostly apparitions and the intensity of the characters.  There’s an awesome twist AND yet another unreliable narrator.  This one was an easy pick for me.

3. White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick. This is the first book by Sedgwick that I’ve ever read and I knew immediately that I’d be a lifelong fan. White Crow actually features one very sick and fucked up doctor from history and blends those events with the present in the form of two opposite but intricately connected main characters. The setting is quietly unnerving and once you figure out what’s really going on, you’ll be totally freaked out.

4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. For the wimpy crown.  I personally and a wimp and I cannot deal with anything remotely scary, especially when I’m home alone.  This book delivers on the chills and has quite a few scary scenes, but in my mind it’s a lot milder compared to the rest.  But I still love it because, hey, unreliable narrator (I’m sensing a pattern here) along with weird supernatural beings, atmospheric setting, and gorgeous writing.

5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega.  For those with stomachs of steel.  This book is about a bunch of girls performing a horrifying exorcism on another girl.  It’s one night of what amounts to torture and there’s lots of blood.  The Merciless attacks you from every angle, assaulting all of your senses.  This was a lot of fun to read, though, despite the gore, and I do love the surprise ending.


1. The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith. Everything I need and want out of paranormal. The characters are excellent, I adore Adele and Gareth, and there is enough gore and horrors in the book to make it a perfect Samhain season novel.

2. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Internal struggle, meet external threat. Set in a school. With no forced romance. And zombies. What is there NOT to like?

3. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Witchcraft meets paranormal thriller. The realistic spin set in one of the best spots in Texas, Austin, is an ideal mix of realism and paranormal. The range captures a larger audience who is looking to bridge the gap from summer contemporaries to autumn paranormal books.

4. Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand. Hands down, one of the freakiest books to ever grace the YA world. October gets a free pass in the “scare the hell out of me” sector, which is fitting for the novel, since it dominates the wet your pants and peel off your skin shelves.

5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This book has no peer in the horror YA section. This novel actually made me warm up to grittier books. Anna also makes for a good book reference Halloween costume.


What Halloween reads do you love? Do you have any spooky or creepy books that you like to save for this season?

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