Top Ten Tuesday | Grab One of These Creepy Books in Time for Halloween!

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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

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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 maraMichelle 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 divinersThe 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.


ttwThrough 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.


shadow of the windThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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 tshTartt

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.


amcA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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

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  • I really need to start reading the Robert Galbraith books. They sound so good! And I keep looking at the Mara Dyer books but haven’t read them yet. They sound really interesting as well. I picked up a copy of The Diviners last week because I’ve heard a lot about it lately, but haven’t gotten to it yet either. So many books, so little time! My TTT

    • YES! I don’t think the Cormoran Strike series gets enough love. The books get better as you go along. The first one was okay, the second was good, and this one is just blowing my mind and giving me chills! 😀
      Hope you get around to reading the Diviners soon! It IS super chunky, but it’s addictive once you get into it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! x

  • The Mara Dyer trilogy keeps getting mentioned. *heads over to goodreads to add it to her tbr*

    My TTT

  • I love your list 🙂 I’ definitely looking forward to reading The Secret History soon, I read lots of good things about it.

    • AWWW YISS *virtual high five* I get so excited when people I know on the Internet read that book. It’s insane.

  • I couldn’t resist mentioning Patrick Ness in my TTT either, hahaha. He’s good at the more subtle creeps. I’ve wanted to read Mara Dyer, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about it. I might try it out.

    • Patrick Ness is everything. He does everything so well. 😀 The Mara Dyer trilogy is addictive, but it’s not out-of-this-world or anything. I really enjoyed the first two books, and the third one was very meh… I thought the ending was too open. 🙂 x

  • Such a great list! Mara Dyer made it on my list, too – it kind of belongs there, it’s so…creepy and crazy, haha, but what an unforgettable story. I read a few of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books, I need to read the one you mentionned 🙂

    • Yes! The first book had me so paranoid for a long time. The hallway scene and the bath-tub scene- they were impeccably done, because I rarely ever get freaked out by books. xD I haven’t read anything else by him. Would you recommend anything? 🙂 x

      • I agree with you, those scenes were especially creepy, I was so freaked out by it. The last book got some crazy moments, too, I was completely hooked and scared at the same time!
        I’ve only read Marina by him, but I really enjoyed it, the universe, the setting, the writing style, and the intrigue really got me asking myself tons of questions 🙂

  • Great choices! I really want to read the Mara Dyer trilogy, The Diviners, and A Monster Calls! They’ve been on my TBR for awhile. 🙂

  • I also wanted to include The Shadow of the Wind my list but opted for another one of his books instead. Happy reading! https://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/my-top-5-halloween-reading-recommendations/

  • I didn’t enjoy the first Cormoran Strike book as much as I thought I would, but I haven’t read the sequels yet. May check them out.
    Great list.
    My Halloween TTT: https://samwhitehousewriter.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/top-ten-tuesday-halloween-top-ten-fictional-fighters-of-evil/

    • Thank you!

      Yeah, the first one was okay. I think Rowling was stepping into the genre and wasn’t comfortable yet. I wasn’t invested in the mystery. The second one felt a lot closer to what I would enjoy since it’s set around the publishing world. But this third one is really something. I feel like Rowling is finally comfortable with the genre. Do give it a second chance! 😀

  • great list! 🙂 My TTT

  • I didn’t do a TTT this week, but yesterday I went to the bookstore because I “needed” more scary books. I got The Bloody Chamber and Dracula. And currently reading daughters unto devils which is pretty scary

  • Great list! There are a couple on here I really want to read!

  • I agree with you, these would make perfect Halloween reads.

  • Good thing I haven’t yet read any of these. They all sound great! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and A Monster Calls are on my tbr 🙂 I think I’m just going to be reading horror/creepy stories all October and November 😀

  • I’ve been wanting to pick up Through the Woods since everyone loves it but I don’t think I could handle it. Especially since it has illustrations too! I’d probably have trouble sleeping for a week afterwards 😀

  • I have The Secret History out from the library right now, and I think this post has convinced me to pick it up when I get home today. And I absolutely need to get my hands on Career of Evil. I was already looking forward to it, but got way more interested when I found out it would feature a serial killer.

    • Yay! I’d love to hear what you thought of it once you’re finished! 🙂
      Yes! I just finished Career of Evil last night, and it was magnificent. I think it’s the best one in the series yet, but I do have to point out that it’s very violent and disturbing. The serial killer hates women and takes an obscene amount of pleasure in hurting them, so it’s definitely a trigger if you can’t stomach graphic violence. Just thought I’d point that out. <3

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