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:
- 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.