Top Ten Tuesday #1: Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

Posted 23 October, 2012 by Rinn in Top Lists / 12 Comments

I’m joining in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

1. The Shining by Stephen King
Most likely a very popular choice on this Top Ten! I don’t think I need to explain this one. I love the book but I just can’t bring myself to watch the film…

2. Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist
One of the few books that has actually made me feel physically sick. It is graphic and shocking, and definitely not for the weak-hearted. I know my Goodreads rating of this one is quite low, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book – it was just not particularly to my taste (as I’m squeamish…). However, it most definitely fits this top ten!

3. Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
Not scary, but all about the paranormal. I love this series, although sadly the last couple of books have been quite a let down – it feels almost as though Charlaine Harris is writing to fulfil the quota of thirteen in the series, rather than because she wants to or has much to say about Sookie (Sookehhh) and co. They are good fun though.

4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
A fantastic vampire dystopian novel that feels more like a character study. A hefty volume, but definitely worth the read! The sequel, The Twelve, is released on 25th October 2012.

5. Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
If you’re a fan of A Song and Ice and Fire, then get on it and read some of GRRM’s other work – especially this one! A fantastic vampire novel set along the nineteenth century Mississippi river, and based around steamboats. I love the Louisiana accent so I had fun imagining this one in my head…

6. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Not quite as action packed as the film adaptation makes it out to be. But a great read, and very harrowing. And I’m sorry for having so many vampire novels on this list!

7. Carrie by Stephen King
Here we go, a non-vampire novel! If you want to read some of King’s shorter works, this is a good one to start with. A tale of a social outcast with telekinetic powers, who is pushed too far…

8. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Not scary, as much as eerie. The stage production is terrifying, however. A friend of mine borrowed this from me and said she almost felt the need to keep it in the fridge when it got too scary, a la Joey from Friends 😉

9. The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman
This one is on my list because I figure it’s probably not on many others. A good, scary YA novel by the fantastic author Malorie Blackman (who wrote the Noughts & Crosses trilogy. Note to Victoria Foyt: that is how you tackle racism.)

10. Fever (Flu #2) by Wayne Simmons
A good old-fashioned, action-packed zombie breakout novel. I won this from Goodreads, so I have a copy dedicated to me by Wayne himself. If anyone reading is from the Gloucestershire area, Wayne will be at the Cheltenham Waterstones store on 31st October, as part of a Halloween event.

So that’s my Top Ten Tuesday! I will probably participate in TTT every so often, depending on the topic and how much time I have.

What would your top ten books be? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #1: Books To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

    • I can imagine it would be hard to after! Apparently the bit that freaked me out the most in the book isn’t in the film though 😮

    • ‘The Passage’ yes, ‘Let the Right One In’ if you’re okay with pretty graphic stuff. It also has some other rather uncomfortable themes. However it is well written and a good change on the rather ‘typical’ vampire novel =)

  1. Kat

    Awesome list! I really want to read Fevre Dream– that’s at the very top of my tbr right now. The Shining was not one of my favorite Stephen Kings, but Carrie is. Let The Right One In and The Woman In Black are both genuinely creepy… especially the Woman in Black!

  2. Heeee I know who the friend who put The Woman In Black in the freezer was 😉

    I think reading The Shining would scare me more than the film, I laughed all the way through it.

  3. Adding SO many of these to my list — a few I never heard of and a few I just forgot about! I have been meaning to read The Passage for FOREVER. Also can we talk about how bad it is that I’ve never read anything Stephen King.

    • I think you’d be surprised at how many other people haven’t either! I guess he’s just one of those well known authors, you know the plots to a lot of his books without having actually read them.
      Hope you enjoy the ones you’ve chosen to read! =D

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