Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
So, this week we had an option to either list ten books with the scariest covers, or to list ten best books to read for Halloween. Obviously from the title, I chose the latter, even though I did the same topic last year. But I feel like I’ve read so many more books that I want to share! So I’m not going to include the same books I featured in last year’s Halloween TTT (but feel free to check it out!)
In no particular order . . .
For the Mystery Lover:
1. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
If you like your scary reading about serial killers, then you must read this. Actually you should read this no matter what, because it’s amazing! It follows Jasper Dent, the son of serial killer, Billy Dent. Jasper attempts to use the knowledge he gained from his father to solve a rash of murders in his small hometown. My Review
2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
If you like your mysteries with a dash of paranormal, then you should read The Body Finder. Here Violet uses her special ability (she can sense murdered bodies (whether they be animals or people) to investigate some murders in her small hometown. Also, there’s some romance in this one, and it’s awesome! My Review.
3. Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Another mystery with some paranormal activity. Maggie Quinn investigates some rather suspicious happenings at her high school. If you like snarky main characters, this one if for you. My Review
For the Ghost Lover:
4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
A rash of murders occur in London copycatting Jack the Ripper’s murders right when Rory Deveaux arrives to attend a boarding school. Soon, Rory realizes she has a special ability that could help solve these mysterious crimes. My Review.
5. The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington
Jade is excited to moved into a new house, and start at a new school. That is until she realizes her house might be haunted. My Review.
6. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
This is one of my favorite reads. There’s a lot going on in this book: a summer heat wave, young girls being murdered, are a lot to overwhelm anyone, but poor Hannah has even more on her plate. She’s dealing with the death of her best friend, but that best friend’s spirit has been hanging around as well. My Review.
For the Creepy Creatures Lover:
7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
This book could have been too campy, with werewolves, necromancers, witches, etc, but you guys, it’s totally awesome. The main character, Sam, has the most hilarious voice! My Review.
8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Okay, so this book doesn’t really have a lot to do with Alice in Wonderland (like the title implies) but, you guys, it doesn’t matter. This book is impossible to put down. And with zombies being the popular paranormal creature du jour. There’s some kick ass romance in this one, too! My Review.
9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Another zombie book! Only this one is set in the late 1800s in Philadelphia, and the main character is a lady of society. My Review.
For Scarily True Stories Lover:
10. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of the Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
This is a children’s non-fiction book, but don’t let that deter you. If you have an interest in the Salem Witch Trials, start with this one. Also, the illustrations are CREEPY. (Note: this isn’t a picture book, it just has some creepy illustrations).
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Doll Bones by Holly Black, A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (this one isn’t actually an honorable mention, because Halloween is a perfect time to read the HP series, but I feel like I include this series in every TTT).
So, are you guys dressing up for Halloween? To be honest, I’m not big on dressing up anymore, but I love to see the kids coming into the library and trick or treating at my house.
What are your Halloween plans?