Oct 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read During Halloween

Every October I go crazy for the following reasons:

  1.  Stores have Christmas decorations out and that is 100% unacceptable.
  2. I spend weeks making my Halloween costumes because I don't like buying costumes and I need an outlet for my creativity.
  3. CANDY!
  5. Reading spooky-esque books to get in the spirit.

I'm not exactly a fan of horror and slasher films and/or books, so my list of Halloween selections are not all traditional thriller titles.  There are many terrors out there that are just as scary as monsters, so I've put together a list of books that I've read during Halloween before and am currently reading that encompass that scary spirit.

Books to Read During Halloween

1. Horns, by Joe Hill


A man wakes up as the devil incarnate - fitting as his hometown believes him guilty of the most devilish of crimes.

2. Are You in the House Alone?, by Richard Peck

A teenage babysitter is not only stalked and raped, but is further tormented when officials want to protect her rapist.

3. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

A world where firefighters burn books rather than fight fires.  Aka, a librarian's nightmare.

4. Mommy?, by Maurice Sendak

A delightful pop-up book featuring a haunted mansion full of monsters and a baby in search of his mother.

5. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

For the romantic Halloween fan, a young girl destined to become Light or Dark on her sixteenth birthday must sacrifice either her life with her uncle or her life with her boyfriend.

6.  This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

A prequel to Frankenstein, where the future mad scientist develops a taste for raising the dead.

7. Diamonds in the Shadows, by Caroline Cooney

An American family takes in a family of four African refugees, not knowing that they are being hunted down by a fifth refugee who entered the country undetected.

8. I am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier

A boy uncover his past while under interrogation by the government, but what is real?

9. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, by Katie Alender

This one has thriller like elements, but it was more amusing to me than anything. The ghost of Marie Antoinette seeks revenge on family members of those who wronged her and brought her to her death.

10. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

A chilling tale of survival and the fast decline from civilization to barbaric tendencies. 

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