Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ten Books Perfect For Reading Around Halloween - Top Ten Tuesday With Jamie

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme here at the Broke and the Bookish. The Top Ten Tuesday schedule and information about the meme can be found on the features tab.


I (Jamie aka The Perpetual Page-Turner) am always looking for a good creepy or scary book to read in October especially nearer to Halloween. Whether it be a scary Halloween book, something creepy or just something that feels "Fall-ish" to me. So here's my list of books that would be perfect reads for Halloween!

1. Fury by Elizabeth Miles -- Not so much SCARY but it certainly had its moments of being creepy. I think this could be a ridiculously creepy movie for sure but this book would seriously be a great Halloween read for some creepy Fury madness.

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin -- While this isn't a scary Halloween book, I think the WTFness and the creepy things that happen make this worthy of reading around Halloween!

3. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting -- I read this around Halloween last year and thought this was perfect creepy (but not SO creepy) read! I mean, how creepy would it be to be able to hear the echos of dead people. Imagine who might be after you after you stumble upon a murder victim's echoes!

4. The Diviner's Tale by Bradford Morrow -- This adult fiction novel was a great mix of literary fiction, suspense, mystery and a smidge supernatural. Definitely a good book to read if you want something that's not really scary!

5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dance by Katherine Howe -- When I think of Halloween I think of witches! This book was a great historical fiction novel dealing with Salem witches and a young woman's exploration into her family's history.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Murier -- I love love love reading any sort of Gothic novel in the Fall and at Halloween. I feel the atmosphere created...I feel like I can just FEEL everything so intensely like the coldness of the house. This book was creepy and thrilling (not like in a thriller novel) and messes with your mind. This is always a reread for me around Halloween!

7. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield -- Again, not a horror novel but this Gothic novel just is a great read for somebody who doesn't want to be scared but wants something to fit the Halloween/Fall mood!

8. Something Wicked Comes This Way by Ray Bradbury -- I love Ray Bradbury. It's been ages since I've read this but I also found his short stories very creepy!

9. The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris -- Nothing like a good vampy book to indulge in around Halloween.

10. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman -- This is a great MG read for Halloween and you can't go wrong with Neil Gaiman in general. Am I right or am I right?



Also, am I the only one who devoured anything RL Stine or Christopher Pike as a child/teen and now feel like I want to reread them especially during Halloween? That Fear Street Saga scared the BAJEEZUS out of me.

What books do you think are perfect Halloween reads? Read any on my list? Also, TELL WHAT YOU ARE DRESSING UP AS FOR HALLOWEEEEN...if in fact you are dressing
up!



63 comments :

  1. Wow, I don't think I've ever gotten my link up so early! Haha..

    I also have the Sookie Stackhouse series on my list! :) your #1 & 2 are high on my to-read list!!

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  2. I'm working at the library both Monday and Friday when there's costumed storytime so I'm totally dressing up for that. Probably for a party too - I love dressing up. At the library, I"m going to be Hermione one day and most likely a female version of the Eleventh Doctor the other. NO ONE WILL GET IT, but it'll be funny to me. Because bowties are cool.

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  3. I just linked up for my first "top ten tuesday"!

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  4. I choose Fury also because of the creepiness. Can't wait to read the book! All of your other selections are great to. Will add them to TBR pile.

    -Ivy

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  5. I choose Fury also because of the creepiness. Can't wait to read the book! All of your other selections are great to. Will add them to TBR pile.

    -Ivy

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  6. AHH RL STINE. LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP.

    also really want to read the Sookie Stackhouse books!!

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  7. Fear Street is on my list this week! I totally feel like reading them this week, too, despite how super graphic they could be o_O I have to admit that I haven't read any of the books on the posted list above, but I do have a copy of Mara that shall be read soon!

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  8. R.L. Stine's Fear Street. Now, that was creepy. Can't believe I read so many of them growing up!
    Fury is sitting on shelf, on my TBR pile. I am really curious about it!

    I will totally be dressing up for my library storytime- something fun though :)

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  9. Charlaine Harris totally slipped my mind this week... I just love her.

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  10. It's the first time I write for the Top Ten Tuesdays... thanks for organizing them, it's a great idea !

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  11. I agree with you about Neil Gaiman. I didn't think about it but he so out there he would be a perfect halloween author.

    Also, I was a total Goosebumps addict as a kid!

    Great list

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  12. I had a lot of fun trying to pick out the books for this one! I put R.L. Stine on my list! Nice picks!

    - Sarah

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  13. Oh yeah, Fury and The Body Finder are perfect Halloween picks. We do have The Graveyard Book in common. I'll have to check out Mara Dyer soon for the creep factor. Awesome topic this week!

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  14. Oh, I have got to read Fury. I love books with creepy moments.

    And The Body Finder, that would be totally creepy to hear echoes of dead people. Yikes!

    Ray Bradbury is definitely worth a Halloween read.

    And I picked the Sookie books, too, though I thought I had to choose one and ended up choosing All Together Dead.

    I do not have a costume this Halloween. Ugh. I'm sure all that's left is going to be terrible, like a plastic Thor mask or a fairy princess. Am way too old for that one.

    Happy Halloween reads!

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  15. This is my first Top Ten! I haven't read any of your books, and I'm not dressing up for Halloween. I know so boring!

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  16. I'll be reading Mara Dyer this Halloween, so I hope what you say is true. Nothing like being unnerved on the 31st.

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  17. Soemthing Wicked This Way Comes is a fantastic choice for stories that are just downright scary. I have Fury sitting on my TBR shelf and it's good to know it has a creep factor to it. Great list!

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  18. I agree Mara Dyer was a killer. Loved this book though I didnt really put this on my top five. Loving this meme today!

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  19. I have the Graveyard Book on my list too! Love Neil Gaiman. Good idea adding The Body Finder--love that book and it was super creepy.

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  20. I have Mara Dyer on my list too. Rebecca is one I've been meaning to read (I watched the film). Great list!

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  21. I have The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer on my list too! I agree with you when you say it's not exactly a scary book, but it was definitely a chilling one! And YES to Thy Body Finder! I love Violet, but I don't think I could stomach her superpower LOL! x)

    Here's my Top Ten Books to Read Around Halloween!

    I hope you have an amazing day, Jamie! :)

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  22. The Graveyard Book is on my list too!

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  23. LOVED R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike!! The Babysitter books, and Chain Letter! Goosebumps made my list this week, but I should have added those as well!

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  24. Great books! They are definitely a nice pick for Halloween reading, and I am so checking out some! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  25. Rebecca would be a great Halloween Read! I also had Something Wicked and Thirteenth Tale on my list.

    Also, now I feel like the only one who has NEVER read any of the R.L. Stein books... I really need to get right on this!

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  26. The Body Finder definitely sounds creepy! I need to bump Rebecca up on my reading list since I find the gothic perfect fall reads as well:)

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  27. Those are some great picks! Especially The Thirteenth Tale and The Graveyard book. :)

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  28. Fury is a great choice! It seemed like a 80's horror movie to me. And I mean that in a good way because I love 80's horror movies,

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  29. lol...Fear Street was creepy! I devoured that series as a kid. Oh, and Christopher Pike wrote so many books that could be Halloween treats...Remember Me was my favorite. :)

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  30. A lot of these are on my TBR pile, can't wait!

    I agree with you about Gaiman, he is a must! ;)

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  31. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dance was so good and a great choice for Halloween. I completely forgot about that one.

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  32. I loved The Graveyard Book, Rebecca, and The Body Finder. I would SO not want to have Violet's ability. *Shudders* I also have Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes". I plan on reading it this year.

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  33. I probably won't dress up, but my son is going to be a dinosaur. Good topic for ttt.It made me think of books I read when I was a kid that horrified me.

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  34. I loved Rebecca and The Thirteenth Tale. I haven't read any of the others, but The Unbecoming of Mara Dyers is on my list of wants to read for Halloween.

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  35. I'm kicking myself for not including Something Wicked and Deliverance Dane - both great choices!

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  36. Ahhhh RL Stine...the memories. Makes me wanna read some now for Halloween. I have heard alot about Rebecca so I added it to my TBR list.

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  37. WOW. How could I possibly have left Mara out of my list? I am so disappointed in myself :( you're totally right on that one.

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  38. My sister used to collect all the Fear Street books, so naturally, I read most of them :P

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  39. Great list! I nearly had Sookie Stackhouse series in mine but have only read the first one so it didn't quite make it.

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  40. Great list! I nearly had Sookie Stackhouse series in mine but have only read the first one so it didn't quite make it.

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  41. great list. I really need to reread Rebecca.

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  42. I did think about adding du Maurier to my list too, she was definitely a master of suspense.

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  43. I haven't read any of those books. I'll have to pick a few up for Halloween reading. My husband and I are going as the Gunslinger and the Man in Black from The Dark Tower series for Halloween this year.

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  44. Awesome! I loved The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer.

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  45. I loved RL Stine and Christopher Pike! I almost don't want to go back to them, lest they prove not scary at all and ruin the memories.

    My husband and I are going as Westley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride. :)

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  46. Sookie Stackhouse also made my list - just love these stories - as well as Neil Gaiman, but with Coraline. :)
    Is The Thirteenth Tale any good? Saw it on amazon a couple weeks ago, but I wasn't sure.

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  47. You and I have several in common here- deliverance Dane, something wicked, and graveyard book. Great list!
    Oh, And i agree that It would be so fun to revisit R.L. Stine and Christopher pike! Thanks for reminding me of those guys!

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  48. I think Coraline is perfect for Halloween! You are right about Neil Gaiman.

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  49. The first 3 books are all books I really want to read! Mainly fury! Just love that cover. I agree with you on the Sookie Stackhouse books. Those are so fun!

    http://deadtreesandsilverscreens.blogspot.com

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  50. I made my first list, always wanted to give it a try, and I love reading the ones others make :)

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  51. Katherine Howe's book looks interesting; I'll have to add it to my list. Happy (haunted) reading!

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  52. Mara Dyer is good for Halloween? I'll try to read it around then though. There's a lot of titles on your list I still need to check it out. Thanks for that :)

    I don't really do much for Halloween besides give out candy to little kids and watch Supernatural. No costume for me though.

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  53. Mara Dyer is on my list, too! Love love love that book.

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  54. Rebecca is an awesome choice. And I loved the Physick Book too!

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  55. I swear everyone added Rebecca. I don't know how I forgot it. Sigh!

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  56. Great list!! I'd like to add (S)Mythology to the list of Halloween reads. I'm working with the author and love Halloween, so wanted to mention it. If you want a unique PNR – no werewolves, vampires, or fey in sight! - you might enjoy (S)mythology. It’s sort of a modern day fairytale, and the heroine braves life...death...and the underworld to be reunited with her HEA (or is he?). :) It’s a sweet book, great illustrations, super fantastical in the Edward Gorey/Tim Burton vein. You will LOVE the fab illustrations by artist Katy Smail.

    The first three chapters and illustrations are available at http://www.smythology.co.uk.

    AND, best part - the book is on sale for $3.99:
    Kindle: http://amzn.to/promoprice

    Right now, the author is running a contest until November 30th, 2011. All you have to do is upload a picture of yourself with your purchased book and enter to win a Kindle, $150 gift certificate to Urban Outfitters or signed, limited edition (S)Mythology prints. Also, for every book purchased $1 will be donated to Keep-A-Breast.

    Hope you all check out the book and love it as much as I did!

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  57. I've been waiting forever for this book and it just came out!
    GODS OF THE NOWHERE: A NOVEL OF HALLOWEEN by James Tipper.
    Everything creepy you would want in one gnarly horror/fantasy adventure. Lots of fun.

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  58. Looking forward to reading Gods of the Nowhere too.
    Didn't know it was out.
    Love the cover.

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