Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read Around Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is books to read around Halloween - the spooky ones that will give you chills and thrills and fit in perfectly with the scariness of October 31st!

In no particular order:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - This is, without a doubt, the scariest book I've ever read. This ghost-kills-people story is terrifying and gory, but it's also an amazing story so it'll do more than just make you want to sleep with the blankets over your head.

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel - It might not seem so from the cover, but this book had me scared shitless. My inner-wuss absolutely hates demons and possessions and exorcisms and this book is full of all three.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre - If you've ever seen the movie The Descent, where a group of women go exploring in a mysterious cave and come across these disturbing creatures with big ears and long fangs that want to eat them for dinner, you'll understand why this book freaked me out so badly. Those creatures are totally in this book. In dark subway tunnels. In large groups. And they're hungry all the time. *shivers*

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh - Okay, so this book isn't all that scary, but it is very dark and very intense and full of all of the creepiness that is Edgar Allen Poe.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff - Just look at the cover! Do I really need to explain how this book is spooky enough to be considered a great read for Halloween? If you have this book and you're making a Halloween to-read list, you better put this one on the top of the pile!

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - I just finished this a few days ago and holy crap. This is another terrifying, gory book that got under my skin and had me sleeping the blanket completely pulled up over my head.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel - This prequel to Frankenstein is creepy, fast-paced and full of spooky pecuilarness that is perfect for Halloween. Not too scary, but definitely eerie enough to be on this list!

Sisters Red/Sweetly by Jackson Pearce -Sweetly is more terrifying, but both books have that perfect dark, creep factor. Plus there are vicious werewolves and chocolate and romance. Sold? I think so.

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - While this wasn't my favorite book in the world, it did give me a good case of the heebie jeebies. Definitely worth picking up for Halloween!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - Probably the best zombie book I've ever read. (Though they're called the Unconsecrated in this series!) It's sort of unintentionally scary but scary nonetheless.

Any of these books on your Halloween list? If not, what are some of your picks?


  1. Great picks! I haven't read most of those but I have Name of the Star and I need to read it too! I agree that Cryer's Cross and The Forest of Hands and Teeth are great Halloween reads! Thanks for sharing :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  2. Awesome choices, Katie. I have Nevermore and Cryer's Cross & Anna on my list too. And you're right, those creatures in Enclave are terrifying. I've been meaning to read Name of the Star & After Obsession too. Good to know that I'll need to read them during daylight hours. Thanks for the great spooky recs!

  3. I love The Forest of Hands and Teeth and it's a super awesome pick for Halloween.
    I super want to read Anna Dressed in Blood, but your list has me adding a few others to my TBR as well.

  4. Have you ever read Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith? you totally should read it, it's creepy and perfect for Halloween :)