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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Books for Halloween





Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 

Cas kills the dead.  Anna is dead.  And pissed about it.  Oh, star crossed lovers how I love you.







The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

It is almost impossible to share anything about this book without spoiling it.  Let me just say, "Super creepy children." and leave it at that.


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

You might think that this is an adorable fairy tale inspired graphic novel.  You would be wrong and then spend days getting over the heebie jeebies that this book caused. *shudder

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Kind of a mix between every fairy tale ever and kinda not.  Halfway through the book you are hit with the creepiness. There is a brother and sister, a horned boy, and a glass coffin in the woods.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater can do no wrong.  This is by far my favorite werewolf story ever.  I am still not completely sold on her heroines but the writing is so good that I am willing to overlook them every time.  And Sam is a delicious cinnamon roll who should be protected at all costs.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book will cause sobbing.  Lots of it.  Not that I am speaking from personal experience.  Not at all.








Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by

I guess you could include all the Harry Potter books in this list but this is the one that most focuses on Halloween and ghosts.  The deathday party food  alone is pretty scary.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Because the Salem witch trials weren't terrible enough let's add high school. *runs away screaming.

Also?  This book is written by a descendent of Cotton Mather.



A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz


This one I am including for the sheer WTFery.  I can't decribe it except to say that it is possible that it will cause seizures and you should not read it if you are planning on operating heavy machinery.





World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

So, what happened when the Zombie apocalypse came?  Well, the world reacts in true to form manner.  

What really scares you in books?  I am super susceptible to drawn out tension.




Top Ten Tuesday is a brilliant meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

16 comments:

  1. Well that description of A History of Glitter and Blood definitely has me intrigued!!
    I am planning to read A Monster Calls soon and I am so, so nervous about it because I know I will be crying buckets!
    Here's my TTT

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    1. The History of Glitter and Blood is definitely a memorable read! You should definitely read A Monster Calls. It is worth all the tears.

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  2. I loved the Shiver Trilogy! It's one of my favorites, too. great list, Tara. :)
    TTT

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    1. I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater's writing!

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  3. These are great choices! I absolutely love A Monster Calls, it actually made me cry!

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    1. I think we need to start a club for people who ugly cried while reading A Monster Calls.

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  4. Lovely list. A Monster Calls is SO good. I feel like I could read quite a few of these books. They don't look TOO scary.

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    1. They aren't very scary because I am a wimp.

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  5. Oh I completely want to read World War Z someday because I LOVED the movie!! Although I've heard they're nothing alike ahha.😂 But movie adaptions generally are, right?! And eeeep, Shiver. <33 Sam is the most precious of preciousest cinnamon rolls that is for sure and certain. AND A MONSTER CALLS MADE ME CRY. I LOVED IT BUT OMG MY FEELINGS HURT.

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    1. The movie and the book weren't at all alike. I almost felt as if the book is all the stuff going on in the background of the movie and they layered the plot over it. If that at all makes sense!

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  6. I LOVED World War Z, love love LOVED it. I read a lot of nonfiction, and I loved the way the book was written as if it was nonfiction, as if it was really the account of the zombie wars. Made it so much scarier because it seemed so real and so believable! I will admit it had me lying awake at night wondering what I would do in the event of a zombie attack...!!!

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    1. I do that too! I have concluded that my apartment is worryingly vulnerable. Also, I live in a city of 22 million 21.9 million of whom I cannot communicate with. I am totally dying in the first wave.

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  7. I want to read A Monster Calls SO BADLY. But now, am I hearing that it's sad? Awww. Oh and yes to Girl With All The Gifts! Did you know they are making a movie out of that book? I can't wait to see how it is!

    Awesome list Tara!

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  8. Stop the presses. What!? I had no idea they were making The Girls With All the Gifts into a movie. I am going to have to think about how I feel about this...

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  9. Great list! I think the thing that scares me the most is when the book is about something that could actually happen or has happened to someone. Super fantasyish stuff doesn't bother me as much as books like "Behind Closed Doors" or "Age of Miracles" which are very realistic.

    My TTT: http://girlaboutlibrary.blogspot.com/2016/10/five-haunting-books-you-should-read-top.html

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    1. The real life situations are the things that will keep you awake at night long after you finish the book, that is for sure.

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