Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.
This week’s topic is a Halloween freebie, and I wanted to make a top ten list for people like me. I’m a wuss, and don’t like to read scary books, but I still enjoy reading books that are a little spooky to get me in the Halloween/spooky season spirit. So here’s my top ten spooky books!
- Horrid by Katrina Leno — I wouldn’t have picked this book up on my own, but I received it in my September OwlCrate box. It turns out that I ended up really enjoying it!
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco — Witches, demons, princes of Hell, and murder … this is the perfect spooky season read!
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — This book was the perfect spooky season read, in my opinion. I loved the story, and Leigh Bardugo’s first foray into adult fiction, but be aware that there are a boatload of content warnings.
- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw — This creepy and atmospheric story is perfect to read while cuddled under a warm and cozy blanket with a hot cup of tea.
- Dread Nation and Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland — While this duology is basically about zombies, that isn’t really the spooky part. It’s more about how people in the book treat each other, in this alternative version of history.
- The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson — Now THIS was an incredible story. It’s the perfect read for spooky season. Creepy woods, an overbearing religious society, witchcraft, and a biracial feminist … yes PLEASE!
- A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick — A spooky list isn’t complete without a book involving vampires, right? This is one of my favorite vampire books, and it earned bonus points for being an incredibly creative and out of the box concept in a saturated field.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn — Who does spooky/creepy better than Gillian Flynn? This book really had me going and I could never really figure out any of the twists, so I was guessing right up until the end.
- The Trouble With Hedge Witches series by Sarina Dorie — This series is a collection of novellas involving witches, magic, and a variety of dark creatures, including the Fae. I came across these last year around this time, and was absolutely enchanted by the series.
- Anything by Edgar Allen Poe — One of the masters of spooky, creepy, gothic lit, this guy knows his way around the genre. I’ve always liked reading his stuff, ever since I was assigned it in high school, and it honestly never felt like it was assigned reading (except when we had to dissect it line by line). I still have a fanfic that I was assigned to write for a class, but that was before we called it fanfic.
So what other spooky book recommendations do you have?
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