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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Well, this should be an interesting challenge, considering that I don't read much horror. Let's see what happens!

1. The Diviners - Libba Bray

I just happen to be reading this one right now, and I think it makes a great creepy read. I'm only about 75 pages in, but it's already got that eerie vibe down pat.

2. Velveteen - Daniel Marks

Pretty sure this is a perfect Halloween book. There are scary things, as well as tons of humor, which is what you want, right? Also, since they're all stuck in the clothes they died in, the characters probably all look a bit like they're demented trick-or-treaters, particularly the ones that died in costume.

3. I Need My Monster - Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)

If you're looking for a picture book to read to the kiddies on Halloween, you can't go wrong with I Need My Monster. A children's librarian recommended this to me for a storytime assignment in library school. In fact, Heather, a library school friend who was in my assignment group, will be reading this for storytime this week at her library.

4. The Witches - Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl just had to go on this list, because he's awesome and such an important part of my childhood, and Halloween just kind of takes me back. Plus, I'm pretty sure some scenes in The Witches scared me when I was younger. Also, what's Halloweenier than witches?

5. The Mediator series - Meg Cabot

Any opportunity I can find to recommend this series, I'm taking. There are ghosts, so that's appropriate, right? I'm going with yes. Funny, but with some dark, creepy scenes, this series could totally work for the Halloween spirit.

6. The Graveyard Book or Coraline - Neil Gaiman

What's Halloween without a little Neil Gaiman on your TBR pile? He's totally a proponent of giving out books on Halloween instead of candy, so why not read his books? They're dark, creepy and clever.

7. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft

Another option for your Halloween reads is to go back to the classics. Lovecraft was a pioneer of the horror genre. Many of the common twists and tropes started with this guy.

8. Before I Go to Sleep - S. J. Watson

This book creeped me out hardcore. Imagine waking up every single morning with no memory of your life since you were a teen. Imagine not knowing who you can trust. Imagine piecing everything together knowing you'll just forget it again.

9. Breathers: A Zombie's Lament - S.G. Browne

S.G. Browne's book totally fits my Halloween desires: a little bit horror, a lot of humor. Zombies = automatic Halloween awesomeness, I say.

10. Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America - Steve Almond

And now for something completely different. What is Halloween without candy? People dressing up in silly costumes for no reason at all. This may be why I have trouble finding motivation to create a costume now that I'm too old to go harass the neighbors for candy.



Anonymous Mary @MySistersBookshelf said...

Meg Cabot is my kind of Halloween writer. I love that you put the Mediator series. I had a (costume) inspired by her too!

October 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I haven't read any of these. But then again I haven't read too many creepy books.

Check out my TTT.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

October 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fellow Christina! I agree about Neil Gaiman -- Neverwhere was the book I chose for my own list (http://youbookmeallnightlong.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/top-ten-tuesday-books-to-get-into-the-halloween-spirit/). The Witches totally scared me when I was a kid, too!

October 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I haven't read a single book on your list! I have The Diviners and I want to read it so bad but I just don't have time right now, and it's a BIG book so I'm not really inclined to start it.

October 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Reading Angel said...

Velveteen is near the top of my NEED to get list.
My son LOVES I Need My Monster!

October 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Renae said...

Sadly, I haven't managed to read any of these yet, but I have a few of them sitting on my shelf.

Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

October 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

That's awesome!

October 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yes! Velveteen is great!

October 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

NGL, I'm liking it a lot, but it does feel long. It's not like Ashen Winter which is a fast long-ass book.

October 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Lynsey Newton said...

Nice list, I was thinking I needed a creepy read for Halloween although I was thinking of The Body Finder by Kim Derting which I STILL haven't read. I'm super intrigued about The Diviners though!

October 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I haven't read that one either. I didn't like The Pledge, but I still want to try The Body Finder at some point.

October 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

The Witches! Man that book creeped me out when I was a kid!

My copy of Before I Go To Sleep keeps giving me evil eyes from my bookshelf, but now I'm skeered!

October 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Whatever, I'm pretty sure that nothing scares The Aussie Zombie. You are far too intrepid! What can be more terrifying than a zombie?

October 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Yes, The Witches!! Why did I not think of that one? That totally would have went on my list if my brain was functioning correctly that day.

Definitely The Diviners.

I am a weird one in that I did not love The Graveyard Book all that much. I am a huge fan of Coraline though.

October 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I missed picking so many that I saw on other people's hauls, haha. Like And Then There Were None from yours. I guess that's what makes these lists fun.

I think I liked The Graveyard Book a bit more, but I DID listen to the audio with Neil Gaiman narrating, so that may have been part of it.

October 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM  

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