Top Ten Tuesday #80


Hi everyone! Wow this is my 80th Top Ten Tuesday post, I can’t believe that! It doesn’t feel like I’ve done 80 weeks worth of these, but it’s true! I’ve been having a lovely time at home so far, it’s been nice to have a break from Uni, hopefully I’ll go back next week and be completely refreshed. Anyway, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at the Broke and The Bookish, and this week it’s all about Halloween (given that Halloween is next week). Since we have free rein with this one, I’m going to do Top Ten Books To Get You In The Halloween Mood, these will most likely be creepy rather than scary books. So here we go, top ten books that will get you in the Halloween Mood:

  1.  Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

This series is full of creep factor, what with it being about a society where parents can choose to have their children “unwound” (essentially taken to pieces), if they are considered troublesome. It’s a very eerie, creepy world that Neal Shusterman creates in this dystology & this series is perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween.

2. The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

This series is so weird and wonderful and with psychics and lost Welsh kings and talking trees and dream creatures, it all gives off a very Halloweeny vibe I think and is a perfect series to read to get you in the mood for Halloween.

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events-Lemony Snicket

These books have a lot of very creepy settings and a lot of weird and creepy things happen to the Baudelaires plus the general feel of the books is very Halloween-esque, so I think this series would be perfect for getting you into the Halloween mood.

4. The Accident Season-Moira Fowley-Doyle

This is my current read, but since I have nearly finished it, I feel comfortable recommending it as a Halloween read, since it’s set right around Halloween and has the right, creepy, but not too scary vibe that I’m going for with this list.

5. Demon Road Trilogy-Derek Landy

These are pretty much straight up horror so if you’re looking for a good scare but with a healthy dose of humour this Halloween, then these books are definitely for you.

6. Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy

Basically all of Derek Landy’s books are great for Halloween vibes! If you feel like bunking down with an awesome, witty, magical skeleton detective this Halloween season then you should definitely try this series.

7. Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling

Harry Potter is good for any time of year but I particularly associate it with Halloween and Christmas. There’s no better way to get in the mood for the spooky season that entering the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry.

8. Dark Places-Gillian Flynn

With the murder mystery at the heart of this book, the eerie setting of the small town in Kansas, and the satanic rituals that Ben and his friends take part in definitely make for perfect Halloween reading material.

9. Knife Edge (Young Sherlock Holmes #6)-Okay so you’d have to read the rest of the series before this one, since it’s the sixth book, but I wanted to include this because young Sherlock stays in a very spooky house in Ireland and there’s séances and psychics and ghosts and things like that, definitely perfect to get you in the mood for Halloween (once you’ve read the rest of the series!).

10. The Scorpio Races-Maggie Stiefvater

Whilst I prefer The Raven Cycle to this book, The Scorpio Races also has a very spooky vibe since it’s set on an isolated island and the water horses are suitably creepy, so I definitely think this is a good book to read around Halloween.

That’s all for this week! What topic did you choose for the Halloween themed freebie this week? Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments! Next week’s topic is Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes…..I’m going to go with Historical Fiction, since I usually do fantasy for these kinds of things and I want to share one of my other genre loves. That’s next week but in the meantime, I’m hoping to get a new discussion post up for you sometime during the week.





54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #80

  1. lindseyhabets 25/10/2016 / 7:51 pm

    Yes, The Raven Cycle is perfect to get in the Halloweeny mood 🙂

  2. AngelErin 25/10/2016 / 8:09 pm

    Great list! I still need to get to Unwind. I’ve been meaning to read it for so long and still haven’t.

  3. Loreen 25/10/2016 / 8:29 pm

    This is a great list. I see you included Harry Potter, too. 😎

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks! Yup, I think I try to find a way to include it in nearly every TTT list!

      • Loreen 25/10/2016 / 8:42 pm

        I think I could too.

  4. Tracy @ Cornerfolds 25/10/2016 / 10:29 pm

    Yay for Harry Potter!! I’m still working on A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I never read as a kid for some reason. Great list 😀

    Here are my Top Ten!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/10/2016 / 10:40 pm

      Yup, I try to find a way to fit it into every list! Are you enjoying them? Thanks 🙂

  5. thebookishlibra 25/10/2016 / 10:34 pm

    I need to read the Raven Cycle. Can’t believe I still haven’t gotten around to that yet when I always hear such great things.

  6. J & P 25/10/2016 / 11:43 pm

    The Scorpio races is a good addition. Right season too: “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” Thanks for visiting my blog today too!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:51 pm

      I’d completely forgotten that line, it’s been a while since I’ve read The Scorpio Races!

  7. Greg Hill 25/10/2016 / 11:55 pm

    The Raven books definitely seem like they would give a good Halloween vibe!

  8. Mariela 26/10/2016 / 12:20 am

    My daughter is obsessed with A Series of Unfortunate Events! She has all the books.

    Thanks for stopping to out TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:50 pm

      It was one of my favourites series when I was about 11 or 12, I borrowed all the books from the library and was completely obsessed!

  9. Clara @ Lost in My Library 26/10/2016 / 12:56 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t even think of A Series of Unfortunate Events for Halloween – it’s perfect!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:49 pm

      It is right? I was surprised that they didn’t time the Netflix release with this time of year, but I suppose the Friday 13th release date fits better with the whole “unfortunate” aspect.

  10. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads 26/10/2016 / 1:00 am

    I’ve been eyeing The Accident Season for awhile. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying reading it! 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 26/10/2016 / 1:21 am

    I think The Raven Cycle is an excellent choice for this list. It does have that creepy feel to it with all the ghosts and psychics.

  12. meganm922 26/10/2016 / 2:19 am

    I loved The Accident Season and I also love the Maggie Stiefvater books you chose. The raven boys is one of my favorites and it’s good for this time of year. Thanks for stopping by!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:48 pm

      I liked The Accident Season, though it’s not my favourite book I’ve read this year. Yes, I love The Raven Boys! No problem 🙂

  13. Jackie Perrotti 26/10/2016 / 4:12 am

    I really want to read the Unwind Dystology!! I loved Harry Potter (obviously! great choice in including them in this list) and had mixed feelings about Dark Places

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:47 pm

      Oh you should, it’s so so good. One of my favourite series by far! Yup, I try to include Harry Potter in almost all of my TTT lists. Yeah, I had kind of mixed feelings about Dark Places too, I liked some of it, but there were certain parts that were a little too creepy even for me.

  14. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books 26/10/2016 / 4:46 am

    I still need to read The Scorpio Races. I mean, I wasn’t really interested in it until I read The Raven Boys books– then I was like: MUST READ EVERYTHING MAGGIE WRITES!! Also, Unwind is definitely on my TBR.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:46 pm

      I’m not really all that interested in the Wolves of Mercy Falls books, so I’m anxiously waiting for whatever her new series is! I hope you get to it soon, it’s such a great book 🙂

  15. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight 26/10/2016 / 5:45 am

    These are such awesome choices! Unwind is a PERFECT pick, and one of my favorite series! And I looooved The Accident Season- best Halloween book for sure! And I have only read The Raven Boys so far (I know, I know) but I liked it and it is definitely fitting! Need to finish the series for sure! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thanks! Mine too, it makes me so happy to meet a fellow fan (mainly because outside my internet life, I know no one else whose read them. I pushed the first book on my friend, but it was too creepy for her!). Yes, The Accident Season is perfect for Halloween. I hope you finish The Raven Cycle soon, it’s such a great series! Thanks 🙂

  16. Rissi 26/10/2016 / 6:11 am

    I’ve seen a ton of positive things on Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. At some point I *should* pick up one of her books… because unless I read one how will I know if I like them!? 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:42 pm

      They are really good, I hope you get around to them soon. No problem, thanks for returning the favour 🙂

  17. ChrissiReads 26/10/2016 / 7:58 am

    The Accident Season is a great choice!

  18. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader 26/10/2016 / 9:18 am

    I really want to read The Accident Season! It just sounds incredible. And I love Maggie Stiefvater! Great list 😀

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:42 pm

      It’s pretty good, hopefully you enjoy it! Me too, she’s so awesome. Thanks 🙂

  19. Amy 26/10/2016 / 10:31 am

    I really need to read A Series of Unfortunate Events. I

    • Amy 26/10/2016 / 10:33 am

      Posted too quickly! I keep saying that I’ll read that series but I never get around to it. I also love Maggie Stiefvater but I haven’t read The Scorpio Races yet. I’m sure I’ll love it though.

      Thanks for visiting my post earlier 🙂

      • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:41 pm

        I hope you do at some point and that you enjoy The Scorpio Races. No problem 🙂

  20. Esther 26/10/2016 / 12:04 pm

    I just bought the Raven BoY’s! Just in time, it seems 😊

  21. Petra 26/10/2016 / 4:22 pm

    Oh, Unwind is a great choice. That series scares the hell out of me. Great list today. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my TTT earlier. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:39 pm

      Yeah I had nightmares reading the 4th one (but it was so good)! Thanks! No problem 🙂

  22. anovelglimpse 26/10/2016 / 7:03 pm

    I love seeing The Raven Cycle on here! That’s the perfect series to get in the Halloween mood!

  23. Elien @ So Bookalicious 26/10/2016 / 9:51 pm

    I only have read the HP series, but the other sounds good as well. Happy reading and thank you for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

  24. alicerosesimmons 26/10/2016 / 9:56 pm

    Great list – I also definitely did more creepy books than scary ones! Both the Raven Cycle and The Accident Season are perfect for Halloween, and the Scorpio Races is also currently on my TBR so hopefully I can get round to it soon 🙂
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 26/10/2016 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks! Yeah I tend to prefer those kinds of books. I agree, they are. Hope you enjoy The Scorpio Races when you get to it.

  25. Alison Doherty 27/10/2016 / 3:29 pm

    I love this list, because even though the books definitely have a Halloween vibe they aren’t all horror.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/10/2016 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks! That’s what I was going for, so I’m glad you liked it.

  26. Emily Alfano 31/10/2016 / 1:01 pm

    I loved a series of Unfortunate Events growing up!
    Where do you go to Uni? I know the feeling well though: blogging is the BEST kind of reprieve from college!
    I hope you’re having a good semester so far!

    • iloveheartlandx 31/10/2016 / 4:55 pm

      Yeah me too! I go to Stirling Uni (in Scotland). Yes, it really is! Thanks, I am 🙂

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