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Top Ten Tuesday-Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit-10/28/14


This week The Broke and the Bookish are getting into the Halloween spirit! I am a big scaredy cat and can’t even watch the horror movie previews/commercials on tv, so I am going to stick to books…that are sort of spooky.


1. Amity by Michol Ostow. Super creepy haunted house!

2. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. The title speaks for itself-the new librarian is a demon!

evil librarian

3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.  A skeleton detective solving supernatural crimes.


4. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. Gothic, graphic ghost stories.

through the woods
5. Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. Clever middle grade/teen ghost story.


6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Spiritualism and Spanish Influenza, plus creepy photos!

shadow of the blackbirds

7. Diviners by Libba Bray. The scariest book on my list! Flappers, the occult, supernatural powers…and that song. Oh, man, that song.


8. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Evil ghost out for revenge.

bad girls don't die

9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor.


10. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. My favorite zombie book!

forest of hands and teeth original

Happy (Spooky) Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read For Halloween 10/29/13


Demons, ghosts, and monsters, oh my! It’s time for all things spooky, creepy, and down-right terrifying. I am big baby when it comes to scary things and I refuse to watch horror movies (or even commercials for horror movies), but I still like a good fright in the form of a book. That I read during the day. In public. And the book can’t even come home with me. Those are the rules. Here are my picks for Halloween Reads. Oh, and stop by The Broke and the Bookish for more terrifying lists.

1. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I think this book is so scary. Seriously. I have read it once and I know I want to read it again. I want to listen to the audio but the thought of actually hearing the Naughty John song freaks me out. I will never be able to unhear it.


2. In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I just recently read this one. It is delightfully creepy!

shadow of the blackbirds

3. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. This is a great series. Just creepy enough to make me nervous, but not terrifying. *ahem, Diviners*

bad bad to cursed dead as it gets

4. Ten by Gretchen McNeil. This is a creepy mystery/thriller. It reads like a teen slasher movie!


5. The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki. The monsters from books come to life in this unique horror story.

stone child

6. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Serial Killer. That is all. Game is even scarier.

i hunt killers game

7. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Speaking of serial killers, this one stars the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Spooky!

name of the star

8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This is my favorite zombie series ever.

forest of hands and teeth original

9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Delightfully dark and droll.

hold me closer 2 necromancing

10. Locke & Key by Joe Hill. This graphic novel series is so awesome. It’s very creepy.

locke 1

Honorable Mentions:

walking dead 17 bzrk texas gothic blood oath this is not a tesst

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Spooktacular

Despite my growing aversion to scary movies (total wimp), I do love a good creepy book. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about books that will get you in the Halloween spirit. This week I am including books that I haven’t read yet and it will definitely be longer than ten. It happens. I have recently read two super creepy books and I definitely recommend them! Ten by Gretchen McNeil is terrifying murder mystery that I compulsively read in one sitting. The Diviners by Libba Bray continues to haunt me, weeks after finishing it. It’s the song. Oh, that song. And the good old-fashioned occult murders, of course. So. Definitely read those.

How about some ghost stories?

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I read this last year around Halloween and it was certainly spooky. I still need to read Girl of Nightmares.

2. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey. Historical paranormal romance. BUT-there is a scene with the ghost that is super creepy.

3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Jack the Ripper is back and terrorizing London! Or is he? I cannot wait for the next Shades of London book.

4. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Don’t you just hate it when you have to live with a bratty and possessed little sister? Ugh. I really enjoyed this one and need to read the next two, From Bad to Cursed and As Dead as it Gets.

5. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. This is a Scooby-doo-esque ghost story. Lots of fun! Another great ghost story from this author is The Splendor Falls. That one is more of a southern gothic ghost story.

Now for the ones that I haven’t read, but really should. Also, some non-girly ones.

6. The Light by D.J. MacHale. From the author of the Pendragon series (also need to read!), comes the Morpheus Road Trilogy, starring a sixteen-year-old boy who finds himself haunted and hunted by ghosts.

7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I can’t believe I haven’t read this one about the boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts!

8. On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming. This collection of short stories is on my TBR list!

9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I lied, I read this one and really enjoyed it. I was totally surprised by the ghost. Did not see that coming.

10. Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee. This is a new one that I want to read. Jane’s shadow is trying to kill her? Sounds creepy! And look at the cover:

Well, that’s all from me today. It’s weird to not include zombies or demons or vampires on this list, but I am pleased with my ghost story list. What spooky books are you reading?

Happy Reading!