Oct 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (151)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Every year I've done a Halloween feature on my blog titled Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf. Last year I did a series of costumes based on fictional characters, and I was planning on doing that again this year, but I ended up not having the time or means. Really, I haven't had the time to do anything. School has been kicking my ass and I haven't even had time to read some good fiction. I went the easy way for this week's Top Ten Tuesday--I'm just recommending Halloweenish books. A few TTTs ago I put together a list of character costumes for Halloween, otherwise I might have done that here. I did, however, give this post a very slight twist: I'm comparing books with popular Halloween movies they might relate to in some way. While putting this list together, I realized that I haven't read very many books that are fit for this spooky holiday. I'm blaming school, the scariest thing of all. But either way, Happy Halloween!

Okay, so a lot of the ghosts in The Mediator series aren't really friendly. But some are...and if they're a dead man from years and years ago who's living in your bedroom, they might be awfully good-looking, too. Like Casper, this series is filled with ghosts both nice and mean, a person who can communicate with them, and lots and lots of fun.

There might be not a boogeyman, but The Devouring has something else entirely creepy: Vours. I read this several years ago, and I remember it being weird and kind of scary. But it's perfect for Halloween--just beware of those mind and soul devouring Vours.

I'm a big fan of vampires. I could recommend a number of books, but the Morganville Vampires has a special place in my heart and I love love love it. A town filled with vampires is so perfect for Halloween.

A Magic Dark and Bright may not have witches, but it does have a town surrounded by a mysterious past. It also has ghosts and death and some oddball things. But it's ridiculously fun and I love it.

I've never seen Sleepy Hollow (though I've watched some of the show, and the movie's on my DVR), so I don't really know how it compares to The Dead House. But in terms of the Headless Horseman, this book has a character that may be in two in one. And it's got some creepy shit going down.

This isn't really a Halloween book. But The Naturals is ridiculously good and filled with murder and mystery and possibly some gore. Plus it has a very eclectic cast of somewhat morbid characters, sort of like the Addams family.

 Look at the cover. Look at the title. Does Anna Dressed in Blood not scream Halloween?

It's been years since I read The Summoning, but I remember it being pretty fun. And it also a variety of characters, like necromancers and ghosts and werewolves. But at the core: it's fun, and there's a ship.

I don't think many people have heard of this series--Wounded published ten years ago. But it's a quick and simple read that I love. And it has WEREWOLVES.

What books do you think are perfect for Halloween?


  1. This was a great idea! I personally don't like really scary books, so I like Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children because it's not too scary. Great List!

  2. Excellent List. Dead House is MARVELOUS!!
    My ttt

  3. I read the first Mediator book when I was in high school and loved it. No idea why I never finished them! I'm looking forward to reading The Summoning. Nice list. :)

  4. Some great looking books on your list. Anna Dressed in Blood is one I have owned for so long but haven't got to it yet. I really want to try it though, I have seen some amazing reviews for that one.


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