Top Ten Tuesday- Halloween Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the gals over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we are discussing creepy, spooky stuff to get you into the Halloween Spirit. I love scary stuff! I mean, except for The Exorcist and blood and guts stuff and The Amityville Horror and those creepy twins in The Shining.  Otherwise, scary stuff is totally my thing (as long as covering your eyes is OK because that’s totally how I watch American Horror Story).  Books are entirely different because they can be so much scarier–it all depends on your imagination.

Here’s what I’ve got (and fair warning, they aren’t all scary, but they are very Halloweenish).

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs– Creepy children are, well, creepy. And take a gander at the weird pics in this book.  Crazy!  In all honesty, the children in the book aren’t at all scary, in fact, their wonderfully quirky. But the monsters chasing them? Well, that’s a different story.

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– Wizards and spells and very, very VERY bad guys who want to kill The Boy Who Lived?  I love this series.  Everything about it screams Halloween.

3. The Enemy by Charles Higson– I’ve mentioned this book so many times before because it is a fantastic zombie book.  And then there’s this whole power struggle between the surviving kids, all of them trying to decide where to go, what to do, etc before their next-door neighbor/gym teacher/uncle tries to eat their brains.  Good stuff. Very suspenseful.

4. Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman– There are some serious bad guys in this book, and because it’s so realistically done (meaning it’s not set it some mythical world but in a believably modern-day setting) it seems less far-fetched and more plausible, making it that much creepier.

5. This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers– Another zombie book. This one had me with its quiet descriptions of life for the kids boarded up inside a school trying to survive the raging Zombiepocalypse going on around them.  It’s so, so very quiet. The only thing you can hear, other than the discussions and arguments of the group inside, is the constant scratching a clawing at the doors by the zombie who are outside, chomping at the bit to get in and devour the school’s new residents.

6. Insatiable by Meg Cabot– This is not a scary book, but it is a fun, vampire book about a girl who falls for the wrong guy. He’s like the King of the Vampires, or the Dark Lord or something vampy–but he’s way sexy. I mean, like super-crazy hot.  In real life this is not a good reason to date the wrong guy, but in books it’s quite advisable to date them or at least have a serious make out session with them. You know, just ’cause you can.  And the MC, Meena, isn’t your typical Bella-type. She fights her desire, along with her mega-hotty sidekick (seriously, the girl is surrounded by attractive men), and decides she may not necessarily be the girl who’ll forsake everything to become a vampire for the undead guy she loves.  It’s a really cute book.

7. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting– My friends over at Gone Pecan encouraged me to read this series a while back, citing that they were awfully creepy books and whoa mama, they weren’t lying.  The main character can hear “echoes” from dead people, leading her to their killer.  The author always lets you into the mind of the serial killers as well. It’s been my experience that serial killers are always, always creepy and the ones in this series are not an exception.  Sometimes, the images from the book, flash in my mind when I’m talking my dog for a walk after dark.  You wouldn’t believe how fast I run home when that happens.

8. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson– Ghosts and Jack the Ripper. Is there anything scarier?  I think not.

9. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready– These aren’t your typical ghost books, because they aren’t really scary. That being said, in this series, anyone under a certain age can see dead people.  There is no way that is normal and can be anything but totally creepy, yet somehow, because the main theme is a love story (the MC’s boyfriend dies and now his ghost follows her around and it’s so, so good and not in any way cheesy), it’s less scary and more swoony. And that is coming from someone who is NOT a huge fan of paranormal garbage.

10. Abandon by Meg Cabot- This was a real departure for Cabot. The series revolves around Pierce, a girl who has had a near-death experience. She actually died briefly and in that time, she traveled to the Underworld where she was held captive by John, also known as Hades. He continues to follow her around as she tries to piece together what has happened and decide whether she is drawn to him or wants to escape him. I really love these books because I love Cabot’s writing and because John is way hot.  I can’t lie.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read During Halloween

by Tee

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s topic is Top Ten Halloween reads.  In thinking about this post I’ve realized something.  I am a major sissypants.  I guess I just don’t read a ton of scary books!

1. The Enemy by Charles Higson– Oh this one was freaky town.  Zombies.  Zombies that want to eat cute little British kids who spend the whole book looking for safety.  Zombies who may be the formers neighbors, coaches, or parents of said British kids.  I mean, zombies are awesome, but when they want to eat your brains it’s scary.

2. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright– Yeah back in the day this one scared the pee out of me.  I mean, scary dolls that live in a mini dollhouse of the house that the MC, Amy,  is living in?  Creepy. Oh, and they reenact a murder for Amy to feast her little eyes on?  I’d say that’s kinda scary.  My grade school self thought so (enough to read it over and over again).  It played on all those fears I had that my dolls came to life when I was away— or worse, that the scary clown my uncle gave me which that my mom forced me to keep on my bookshelf (thanks Mom!) may really have wanted to kill me in my sleep like that scary clown in Poltergeist. Just sayin.

3. Abandon by Meg Cabot– Yeah I’d say that a book about a lord of the underworld trying to kidnap a girl in the hopes of keeping her with him down there is all kinds of creepy (and kinda swoony, which is weird).  Of course, it isn’t scary, because it’s Meg Cabot and she’s funny and perfect as always, but the vibe in this one is slightly darker because the main character, Pierce, has actually died and come back to life.  Also John is dark, you know, because he deals with dead people all day.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs– This book is chock full of uber- creepy photos that the author has tied into the story.  The entire story isn’t scary, but there are great eerie moments of suspense and overall weirdness (which is scary. I like normal).  I love this book!

5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis- This book is like one big ‘ol episode of The Twilight Zone. I wouldn’t call it scary, but it’s definitely weird and creepy.

Honorable Mention: Well I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about The Princess Diaries or Michael Moscovitz on a weekly basis, right? In Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries #2), Mia attends a Halloween showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  She dresses as Glinda the Good Witch, but Kenny, Lilly and Michael (sa-woon!) are all there in costume as well. It’s at the very end, but it’s so cute.