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.
Halloween is right around the corner! It’s actually my favorite holiday of the year- especially since people in New York are crazy passionate about it. The parade, seeing all the wonderful costumes, the parties, all the things to do all over the city! Not that I do any of that stuff, because honestly, I just chill at home and binge-watch horror movies. 🙂 Anyway, here are some recommendations for books you can read to get in the mood for Halloween! The list is going to be a mix of thriller, suspense and horror, of course!
10. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
This is for everyone who doesn’t like scary books and just wants to get into the feel of the season without getting scared. Wink, Poppy, Midnight is very atmospheric and eerie. It has interesting characters, some really stunningly beautiful writing and a mystery aspect that’ll keep you hooked.
9. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Although I didn’t love this book, it did kind of give me the creeps. It’s set around a cult horror director’s life and the murder of his daughter. It’s another book that’s atmospheric, and coupled with the fact that it feels real because of the blog posts, article cutouts and such weaved into the narrative, it’s a very effective thriller.
8. Lord Loss by Darren Shan
This is a book so near and dear to my heart. And it’s perfect if you just want to get a highly entertaining, short book in before the 31st. Darren Shan isn’t the best writer out there, sure, but his stories just pull you in. This series isn’t his best (that would be The Sage of Darren Shan), but this gave me the creeps when I was a pre-teen, ha.
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
This wouldn’t be categorized as horror perhaps, but it should. It’s a dystopian where the human race is basically at war with angels. It’s an incredibly graphic, incredibly disturbing read. Some of the images are so vividly described that they’re still burned into my memory. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re into that stuff (like me), you’re going to have one hell of a time.
6. Watching Edie by Camilla Way
This is a thriller that I recently read and really enjoyed. It has a very eerie, very discomforting tone to it- dealing with postpartum depression, and difficult issues like assault (trigger warning!) and the disturbing nature of human beings. If you’re not into the paranormal and are instead terrified of humans, here’s a good one.
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Another thriller, and perhaps not considered horror, but definitely an eerie read. Flynn is brilliant at creating atmospheres and making deep, complicated characters that feel like real, believable monsters. I have yet to read anything else by Flynn, and I’ve heard Dark Places is creepier- maybe that’ll be on my list next year. 😀
4. Fire Boy by Sami Shah
Now, this one is scary. It is absolutely terrifying. When I first started reading it, it was 2 am and I had to put it down because I looking over my shoulder, so paranoid and creeped out. It’s inspired by South Asian and Islamic folklore- stuff that I’ve grown up with. I don’t find poltergeists scary, and neither will you until you read about some of the creatures in our lore. Give it a go!
3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Another one that genuinely scared the bejeezus out of me. Libba Bray is one of my favorite writers- her work is so thematically strong, so character driven without ever being dull or slow. The Diviners has one of the creepiest antagonists I have ever read. He’s a serial killer, and right before he kills someone, he sings this chilling song. It focuses a lot on the occult and what not- and the sequel is pretty terrifying too!
2. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith
So, here we are, talking about J.K. Rowling yet again. If you haven’t started this series yet, you need to get on it. The first book is alright- nothing to write home about. The second one is creepy and Rowling steps up her game, but the third one. Yikes. It sent chills down my spine. I couldn’t read it at night, which is so weird because I am NEVER scared of human killers. I mean, they’re creepy but they never terrify me- this one… oh God. Had me looking over the shoulder while I was walking alone at night. Genuinely terrifying.
1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
What is that you ask? Will I ever comprise a list of good books without mentioning this one? No I won’t. Never. This is my favorite book of all-time, and there are many reasons for that. One of the top ones being that it’s so fucking creepy and messy and weird. It dabbles a lot in the occult and all the protagonists are anti-heroes, and there’s a murder and a creepy college setting. And beautiful writing, and it’s all just amazing. Go read it already, what are you waiting for?