Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top 10 - Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love this topic because most of the books I read could fit into this category.  However I'm going to list some books I haven't personally read because they are so fitting.

1. Salem's Lot by Stephen King - I have seen the movie multiple times too many and I still can't keep my eyes open all the way through.  My Dad read this book while out at sea during his time in the Navy in the early to mid 70's and he said it was one of the scariest books he has ever read.

2. The Boogeyman by Stephen King - this is a short story which is actually featured in King's Night Shift book.  My Dad read this when my brother and I were babies but hearing him tell the story he says that he got so scared he couldn't even shower by himself and for a while my Mom had to sit in there with him.  He would've been mid 20's at that time.

Side bar - practically any Stephen King book is a great book to get in the Halloween spirit.  If you want to be scared out of your mind, read some of his books.

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  I tried reading this once several years ago.  It wasn't "jump out at you scary", but it messes with your mind.  I started getting freaked out when by myself and would try to read but would be constantly looking out over my shoulder.  That was too intense for me, so I returned it to the library only half read.

4. Deadlocked series by A.R. Wise.  I recently read books 1 and 2 and reviewed them here, and here.  If you are a zombie horror fan, these are excellent books!!

5. The Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman.  I haven't read these yet but I absolutely LOVE the show, so I have no doubt the graphic novels would be great reads!  Again, these are for the zombie horror fans.

Shifting to some "not quite so scary reads".

6.  The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan.  3 books in this series, all of which are post apocalyptic and have zombies though it's not the "gross you out" kind.  They are just always there in the background and the danger is always there.  These books focus more about those who are still alive and trying to live a "normal" life.  

7. Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debby Viguie.  These were good books (3.5 - 4 stars IMO) about witches and warlocks.  It's been awhile since I read them but I seem to remember some of the books taking place during "All Hallows Eve".  How fitting for Halloween, right, any book that takes place during that time?

8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and Russ Flint.  I remember as a kid, even as young as elementary school, reading this book in class with my teacher.  I always loved it!  It's not so scary now of course but back then as a kid, yeah it was creepy.  I love, love, LOVE the kid version of the movie.  Great stuff!!

9. Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard and James Marshall.  Again, a favorite of mine during my elementary years.  The books we read as a class during the fall leading up to Halloween were the best!!

10. Last and certainly not least, to close out my list I'm choosing the vampire book that started such a big trend among the paranormal fiction genre, Dracula by Bram Stoker.  Again, not a book I've read because the movie was enough.  I'm a bit of a weeney these days when it comes to scary stuff.

I can't wait to read your Top 10 Books to get in the Halloween Spirit!  Leave me a comment with a link!





31 comments:

  1. I used to have The Historian sitting on my shelves unread, but I must have gotten rid of it. I had no idea it was that scary or I might have tried reading it!

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    1. I would say it's more suspenseful than horror. The mind does crazy things when one scares them self.

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  2. yeah, i don't know why i forgot stephen king in mine. great pick, and so is wicked! i have not read the walking dead graphic novels, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE the tv show! *new follower* and thanks for stopping by our ttt!

    Katie @ Inkk

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  3. Darn I forgot The Walking Dead! The Legend of Sleepy Hallow always creeps me out!

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  4. Great list. I'm definitely going to need to check out a few of these.

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  5. Great picks. I love The Walking Dead show, too. And I agree that practically anything by Stephen King is quite scary. =) Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. You should read Dracula! It's actually not scary at all because its an epistolary novel, so everything is told after the fact in a fairly calm, detached voice.

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    1. I don't know....maybe one day I'll give it a go.

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  7. Miss Nelson is Missing!! AHHH! I LOVED that book as a kid! Great pick :)
    MY TTT: http://nightmareonbookstreet.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-ten-tuesday-get-me-in-mooood.html

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  8. My husband would love the inclusion of Number 5!

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    1. No Halloween list is complete without it, IMO.

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  9. I read Salem's Lot ages ago in college, but still remember it as the scariest book ever! Great list.

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    1. That is one book I will NEVER read! I still have nightmares from the movie.

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  10. 'Salem's Lot is getting a lot of love, and it definitely deserves it! I came very close to putting it on my list but I decided to go with a non-scary, non-King final book instead. Hope my pictures didn't spook you too bad!

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is on my "to read" list, I might have to move it up.

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  11. Eventually, I will sit and read something by Stephen King, even if it is only a short story. And I'll still probably have to sleep with the lights on, haha!

    My Top Ten

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    1. You are more woman than me to read his books. Just too scary for my taste.

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  12. Good list. We've got some of the same picks (no surprise there).

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  13. I'm totally addicted to The Walking Dead show too! I want to read the graphic novels now.

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  14. I've only heard of Dracula and I haven't even read that one. I don't read a lot of horror, so...

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  15. And thanks for the follow! I'm now following you back :)

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  16. Oooh great list, definitely some on there that are too scary for me as well ;) lol LOVE the Legend of Sleepy Hollow though & I have the Forrest of Hands & Teeth on my reading list! Thanks so much for sharing & for stopping by my TTT

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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  17. Some of these books seem really creepy haha. Your taste is definitely more 'Halloween' than mine. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. I actually read parts of Dracula, and to be honest, I found it a bit dry. I hate to say the movie was better, but sometimes it is hard to get through the classics.

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a great pick!

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