Top Ten Best Books To Read For Halloween

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).

Honorable Mentions:

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?

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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17 Responses to Top Ten Best Books To Read For Halloween

  1. Lucy says:

    Prom Dates from Hell sounds so fun. Thanks for the spooky recs! We get a lot of trick or treaters but we are ready. Hope you have a Happy Halloween, Quinn 🙂

  2. I love your list! I had a lot of fun going through your reviews, it looks like you picked some amazing books. 😉

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  3. I like your recommendations! I so agree about I Hunt Killers. It’s a great book to read during this time of year (but yes anytime as well bc it is AWESOME!! I can’t wait for the 3rd book!). I’ve been wanting to read Dead and Buried and The Body Finder series. They both look good… and I just bought Alice in Zombieland last week, so excited to read it!

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  4. I haven’t read any of these but I have Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and The Name of the Star, have heard such great things about them! Horror’s not my thing really but I love a good creepy, atmospheric, suspenseful book. 🙂

  5. ChrissiReads says:

    I’m not overly keen on scary books. I want to read The Body Finder though. That sounds great.

  6. Vilia says:

    These look a bit too scary for me. I can handle gore providing there is a huge dollop of humour with it or something to balance it out. As for Halloween, there is only one kid in my complex and he’s 3 – I’m going to take some chocolate over and if they want to give it to him they can or if they’d prefer to keep him on healthy food then they can snarf it once he is in bed. Here’s my TTT

  7. Christina says:

    Scary books really aren’t for me, but I have read The Body Finder and I LOVED IT!

  8. Jessica says:

    I had such a hard time coming up with books that had ghosts in them! I can’t believe I forgot about these! And Something Strange & Deadly has been on my TBR for a little while. *Scampers over to read your review*

  9. The Dead and Buried title just sounds creepy and the cover adds into that factor. Then the house is haunted, I wouldn’t survive.

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  10. Liesel Hill says:

    Great list! I forgot about I Hunt Killers and The Name of the Star. Haven’t read the first, but have read the second. The Witches book looks cool too. I’ll have to check it out. Happy Tuesday! 😀

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  11. theseaofpages says:

    Oooooh Paper Valentine sounds really good! I’m adding it to my TBR. 🙂

  12. bebeboss666 says:

    Paper Valentine looks really interesting!
    Great list!
    My Top Ten List!

  13. I don’t find The Body Finder’s cover to be too creepy. I thought it was quite beautiful, actually 🙂 The story was a bit heebie-jeebies inducing though!

  14. caitlinstern says:

    Loved Paper Valentine, Alice in Zombieland, and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Just enough scary and funny. 🙂

  15. I have several of these sitting unread on my bookshelf: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (amazing title), Something Strange and Deadly, The Name of the Star, and I Hunt Killers.

    I don’t have any Halloween plans besides sitting at home to give out candy. And I’m hoping I bought enough, I always try to strike a balance between buying enough to not run out (which happened last year) and not having so much left over that I’m tempted to eat it.

  16. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I have Alice in Zombieland and Paper Valentine on my shelf. I agree that HP is perfect for Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

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