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Note: I am a gigantic wimp. I don't do Stephen King. I don't do scary movies. I don't do things jumping out at me. I don't do little children under bedsheets saying "boo". THAT'S TOO HARDCORE FOR ME.
So here are the Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween If You Are Actually a Marshmallow Like Me:
1. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Hot boys, zombies, necromancers, period clothing, witty heroine. All the things I like.
2. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
A legitimate horror novel about serial killers that scared the PANTS off me. AND I WASN'T EVEN WEARING PANTS.
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I mean, he's Neil Gaiman, this book is set in a graveyard, it is both creepy and cute, and I love it.
4. Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbaliester
This book pokes hilarious fun at vampires and the tropes surrounding them. This is my kind of Halloween fun.
5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
One of my favorite novels of 2012 (RIP, gorgeous cover). Full of British wit, trope-reversing goodness, supernatural shenanigans, warlocks, family secrets, haunted mansions, and forests full of beasties. Plus I ship every single character with every single character. It's a
6. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is atmospheric and unsettling and oh-so-gorgeously written. Plus, haiiiii, Wesley. How you doin'?
7. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
This book is CREEPY and GORY and, yes, quite slow, but once you get to the goods... *shudders*
8. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Another book that's far too long but so much fun. Ghosts in 1920's New York City? A delightful heroine full of pluck? Sign me up!
9. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
I picked this book up because of the gorgeous cover, and I stayed because of the gorgeous writing. This is a serial killer novel with ghosts in it, and it's equal parts twisted and heartfelt.
10. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
They are wizards and witches. They have broomsticks. There are lots of pumpkins involved. There is a chapter called Halloween. It's Harry Potter. Do you really need more reasons?
Honorable mentions: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Vicious by Victoria Schwab, The Mediator series by Meg Cabot.
Bonus: the books I PLAN to read this Halloween!
Croak by Gina Damico
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Hereafter by Kate Brian
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake