Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
Today’s topic is a Halloween freebie, which means you can make a post about anything at all that is Halloween-themed. Halloween is my favorite time of the year, and I usually jump on the chance to binge-read a bunch of scary/creepy books or watch horror movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do that this year since I’ve been so busy with school, but I thought I’d make a post showcasing some of my favorite creepy books.
Some of these may be scary, but most of them are just creepy. They won’t keep you up at night, but they might make you a little paranoid. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments down below (or link me to your posts!) because I LOVE getting recommendations for scary books!
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
I’m currently reading this book, and it’s a lot creepier than I had thought it would be. Murder mysteries ha
ve never scared me. I know that’s weird, but it’s the truth. I’m always a lot more creeped out with supernatural/paranormal things, but boy, this one is insane. It revolves around a killer who hates women and takes an obscene amount of pleasure in killing them (and mailing their body parts to his enemies.) I’m halfway through; I have no idea who the killer is, but he is one of the most frightening characters I have ever had the pleasure to read. If you haven’t read the first two books, but are interested in this, you can pick it up! I wouldn’t recommend it, but you CAN do it. 😀
The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
The Mara Dyer trilogy is another that I wasn’t expected to be creeped out by. I do think
that the first book is definitely the creepiest out of them all. It’s not scary, per se, but there were some scenes that had me paranoid and if you’ve read the first book, you probably know what scenes I’m talking about (psst, what was up with that hallway scene?!) If you want something addictive (and I mean addictive, because I read two out of three of these books in a day) and light as Halloween approaches, this would be perfect for you!
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners is a paranormal murder mystery that I started a day before Halloween in 2014, and it was the perfect time to read it. It has an interesting premise, and the backdrop of 1920s New York is breath-taking. I thought the characters were well-developed too. The mystery was addictive (even though I was spoiled for it accidentally), and the villain was really something. He goes by the name of ‘Naughty John’ and he does this song/whistle thing right before he kills someone. It’s crazy, it’s intense, and it’s perfect for Halloween. I need to get to the sequel asap.
Through the Woods: A Graphic Novel by Emily Carroll
This is perfect if you’re looking for something to read on the day of Halloween. Since it’s a graphic novel, you can fly through it within an hour or even less. It contains five short stories, that are not just creepy, they may just be terrifying. All the stories had me on the edge of my seat, since they were so short and delightful. But the best thing about this graphic novel is the artwork. It is absolutely breath-taking and perfect for the book’s tone.
This might be for you if you don’t love things that are too scary during Halloween. This is a historical fiction set in Barcelona about a young boy who finds a novel that he falls head-over-heels in love with. When he tries to find the author’s other books, he discovers that someone is intent on destroying anything else written by the writer. Although this book got a three-star rating from me, it is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read. It’s very eerie, as well as tragically beautiful. Perfect for a cold autumn/winter night.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Are you tired of hearing about this book yet? Well, tough luck because I’m never going
to get tired of talking about it. Like the Shadow of the Wind, this book is not scary, but it is very atmospheric. It revolves around a guy who goes to college and gets sucked into the elite yet disturbing world of the ancient Greek students on his campus. It revolves strange rituals, murders, complicated relationships, and a shocking ending you won’t see coming. It’s my favorite book of all-time, and I won’t rest until everybody has read it.
You didn’t think I’d make a Top Ten Tuesday post without mentioning Patrick Ness, did you? xD I’m sure you’ve heard of this book in relation with the horror genre or the amount of feels it has. This book is wonderful, in general, but I think you’d appreciate it more during this time of the year. The tone is very ominous, and the illustrations are stunning. I don’t think it’s scary, and I didn’t cry either (I blaspheme!) but I did think it was a great, great read.
Alrighty guys. Seven is the best I could do for this week’s TTT, but quality over quantity, amirite? Hopefully you’ll be able to give some of these a go and enjoy them as much as I did. Again, please link your TTTs down below because I love Halloween and everything related to Halloween! Have a wonderful week, and happy reading! <3