Top Ten Tuesday #287


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve been up in Stirling for the past week, I’ve not really been doing anything but it’s been so nice to have a change of scenery!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have a Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is our annual Halloween freebie, the bane of my existence because after five years of Halloween topics, it’s very difficult to come up with new ideas! Still I did manage to come up with one, I’ll be sharing my Top Ten Spooky Book Covers:

  1. Ninth House-Leigh Bardugo
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Everyone remember the great Book Snake trend which seemed to be everywhere last year. Well this is one of those. Honestly I still don’t really know what the snake had to do with the book even after reading it, but the colours and the snake definitely make it a spooky cover!

2. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell


Maybe I’ve watched too much Pretty Little Liars, but dolls are definitely super creepy, especially the ones on this cover! I’m not usually a horror fan but this story about sadistic dolls who convince people to do terrible things was definitely creepy in a great way.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant series-Derek Landy


I’ve used the final book cover as an example here, but the entire series has spooky covers given that one of the main characters is a walking, talking, magical skeleton!

4. House of Ash-Hope Cook


I mean what isn’t spooky about this cover? The minimalist effects work very well, your attention is immediately drawn to the hand in the flames! It’s not my favourite book ever, but if you’re wanting a creepy little haunted house story for Halloween then this one might do the trick.

5. Knife Edge (Young Sherlock Holmes #6)-Andrew Lane 18463770

I was so sad that they changed the covers on these books because these original ones were so much better than the weird stock image covers they changed them to! The cover of this one with the skeletal hand is definitely very spooky, and the book lives up to it: Sherlock is based in an old manor house in Ireland and investigating a psychic, so there’s a lot of seances and communicating with the dead and murders of course!

6. Unwind-Neal Shusterman


The dark background with the pop of colour works really well, and the small glimpses of a human face within the DNA helix definitely adds the creep factor to this cover. The book itself is probably one of the most chilling I’ve ever read, a world where children can be signed away by their parents to be literally torn apart.

7. The Steel Prince #4-VE Schwab

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This is probably my favourite of all of Schwab’s comic covers, the skeletal hand with the mechanical heart would be fitting for a horror story, though of course that’s not what this is! I still need to get around to reading the rest of The Steel Prince comics, I’ve only read the first four, though I have all of them!

8. Not Even Bones-Rebecca Schaeffer

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I’m not sure this cover does justice to some of the truly horrifying things that happen in this book, but it’s not as if you could put a human dissection on the cover! The little drops of blood alongside the scalpel and the minimalist effects make the cover quite effective though, hinting at the gore inside the book.

9. The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman

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I’ll admit, being more than halfway through this book, I don’t think it lives up to its spooky cover! Still the cover certainly creates an atmosphere, with the mist and the tress and the road to nowhere.

10. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding-Alexandra Bracken


The UK cover definitely feels more spooky than the US one, at least to me! The old gilded mirror, the smoke, the black and white colours, definitely highlight that this is going to be a spooky tale. I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

So there we go, some spooky covers for your Halloween viewing! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What topic did you choose for your Halloween freebie? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday. We’re supposed to be talking Non-Bookish Hobbies, but honestly I don’t have all that many hobbies? I might still do it, but I may come up with another topic if I can’t think of much to say!

49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #287

  1. lydiaschoch 27/10/2020 / 2:44 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Ninth House.

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  2. hopewellslibraryoflife 27/10/2020 / 2:45 pm

    Good work! Frozen Charlotte–I’ll now have a nightmare. LOL I struggle with this topic too and usually just re-run the old posts. I came up with 10 new-ish Halloween books. I won’t read any of them!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha sorry. I try to come up with something different each year, but it is definitely getting harder, there’s only so much you can do.

  3. dinipandareads 27/10/2020 / 3:10 pm

    Ever since I discovered the Webtoon for Not Even Bones I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the book! I feel like it’ll be an underrated gem! Also, the covers for Schwabs’ graphic novels are all so amazing. I wish they were easy to get internationally šŸ˜‚ Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:13 pm

      It definitely is! I got mine from Forbidden Planet which says it does ship internationally but I’m not sure what the cost would be. Thank you šŸ™‚

  4. Louise 27/10/2020 / 5:01 pm

    The cover for House of Ash is stunning! I’m not big on horror but I’d check that out.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:10 pm

      It’s more kind of horror-lite? If you’re not a big fan of horror, this one would probably actually be pretty good for you as it’s more creepy than outright scary.

      • Louise 30/10/2020 / 6:43 pm

        Perfect! Thanks ā¤

  5. Leah's Books 27/10/2020 / 6:18 pm

    Great list! Why are dolls so creepy though?! I’ve only read Ninth House from this list because I’m such a wussy, but the majority of these definitely look super spooky.

  6. Carol 27/10/2020 / 6:19 pm

    Love your spooky covers! Iā€™m such a wimp that every one of these covers would deter me from reading the book! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you! Ah that’s a shame, they’re all good books šŸ™‚

  7. evelynreads1 27/10/2020 / 6:27 pm

    Great list! Totally agree with these covers!

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  8. lindseyhabets 27/10/2020 / 7:22 pm

    That cover for The Steel Prince is amazing. Also, I loved Ninth House!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:06 pm

      I think so too! Yes, it was a good one, looking forward to the sequel, whenever that comes out.

  9. Catherine 27/10/2020 / 8:00 pm

    That one with the dolls is terrifying!

  10. FangirlFlax 27/10/2020 / 9:43 pm

    Ha, that snake really was everywhere! So many wonderfully spooky covers, great list šŸ˜Š

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:02 pm

      It really was for a good few months last year! Thank you šŸ™‚

  11. Greg 27/10/2020 / 11:52 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read The Devouring gray! And that doll one is spooky!!!!!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 4:00 pm

      I hope you enjoy it. I know right, the contents are just as creepy as the cover!

  12. Abigail 28/10/2020 / 2:27 am

    Been meaning to read Ninth House since it came out! Also, I’m so intrigued by Frozen Charlotte and Not Even Bones, I’ll check them on Goodreads but I’m pretty sure I’ll add them to my TBR.

  13. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 28/10/2020 / 2:29 am

    I thought Ninth House was good. Unwind has sounded good for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 3:58 pm

      I liked it too. Would definitely recommend, it’s one of my favourites šŸ™‚

  14. Leslie 28/10/2020 / 4:54 pm

    Oooohhh… so many spooky covers!! Some really beautiful too. Great list!!

  15. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 28/10/2020 / 5:47 pm

    Nice choice for this week! Ninth House is on my tbr. šŸ™‚

  16. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight 29/10/2020 / 1:04 am

    I love the UK covers for Ninth House and Devouring Gray so much more than the US ones! They’re so much more atmospheric, though I also agree that DG doesn’t quite equal the creepiness of the cover. Also agree about Not Even Bones, that one is messed up! And UNWIND goodness that is a messed up one too. And they’re among my favorites so idk what that says about me ha.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/10/2020 / 3:54 pm

      I liked the UK versions of Ninth House incorporated some colour, the US version is almost too black? It kind of all blends together, whereas the UK ones definitely stand out more. I would definitely agree on The Devouring Gray, originally I preferred the US one as I liked the illustrations better, but the UK one definitely does capture that creepiness more. So messed up right? I can’t wait to read the second and third books šŸ™‚ Ha ha yes Unwind is definitely super messed up. Mine too, so I’m not sure what that says about me either!

  17. jessicabookworm 29/10/2020 / 9:09 am

    I’ve never read any of these, Jo, however I have to agree they all have pretty cool, creepy covers! šŸ‘»

  18. Rissi 31/10/2020 / 5:45 pm

    Leigh’s books always have spooky covers, so any of hers always feature well on topics like this! I usually use Six of Crows because that’s one I own. šŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  19. Lois 02/11/2020 / 9:55 pm

    I adore that cover for the Steel Prince. It’s such an imposing image.

  20. thebookishlibra 03/11/2020 / 3:36 am

    Great choices. That one for Ninth House always creeps me out.

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