Monday, October 28, 2013

Top Ten Best Books To Read For Halloween
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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 problem magnificent thing.

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


  1. The Diviners had some scary moments so you're not that much of a marshmallow :-)

  2. I think there's always a good reason to read some Harry Potter. I'm so used to it being around yearlong that I forget that it's a perfect Halloween book for all ages.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My TTT

  3. Great list! I hope you like Anna Dressed in Blood, I loved it.

    My TTT

  4. Oooh, I just put together my Halloween list, and we have very few overlaps, but your list is SO, SO GOOD. I need to re-read Harry Potter.

    Kate @ The Midnight Garden

  5. A marshmallow *weeps*

    I'm fine, I'm fine.

    YAAAASSSS, I totally recommend Ten. I love a good slasher. Tatum, my coblogger, says that The Diviners is SO. CREEPY. I want to get to it in November since I didn't manage it this month.

  6. Excellent list! Several of those are going on my TBR right now! I second your recommendations for Unspoken, The Archived, The Raven Boys and Vicious (obv Harry Potter is a must as well) Of your TBR list, I heartily thumbs up Anna Dressed in Blood. I think I'm going to have to read Croak ASAP as both Christina and now Mira Grant (not to me personally, in a guest post on The Midnight Garden, but I can pretend) have highly recommended it.

  7. Ah. I am a marshmellow, too. I loved The Graveyard Book (and Harry Potter, of course). You should check out A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

  8. I love this twist on the topic - The Graveyard Book and Harry Potter are great choices. I may need to check out some of the others you listed.

  9. THANK YOU for not posting scary book covers. You rock!!!

    Here's Our List

  10. I'm such a scaredy-cat when it comes to scary/creepy books! I think even a lot of these would be to much for me! I have been wanting to read Something Strange and Deadly, and The Mediator series too! :) I'm glad you didn't post super scary covers! I've been having to avoid looking at peoples blogs today because of them!

  11. Your list is actually really pretty to look at compare to some other ones lol But I hope you like Anna, I can't wait to read that one!

    Great list!
    My Top Ten List!

  12. DEFINITELY the Diviners. Loved that book, so creepy good. I so enjoyed The Waking Dark and have been dying to get around to reading The Book of Blood and Shadow. Creepy and gory? Oh yes please.

  13. I'm looking forward to reading the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. What a great list! Thanks for sharing.

    My TTT:


    Something Strange and Deadly is perfect <3

    I can't believe I didn't think of THE ARCHIVED!


    PAPER VALENTINE was just eh for me, creepiness factor wasn't high enough for a Halloween read.

    Solid list!

  15. Oh man, I read Unspoken for the first time sometime this summer and I seriously FREAKED OUT. I had no idea it was going to be so good! I mean, it's a gothic mystery, so I knew I was going to like it, but still. This is probably my favourite book I've read all year. And OH MY GOD. I just looked up the new covers...what have they done?!

  16. Awesome list Gillian :D Hoping to be able to read Something Strange and Deadly soon. <3 I am excited to start that series :D


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