Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #37

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Hi everyone! I guess that I should introduce my chosen topic this week. See, I'm a bit of an oddball: I love Halloween, witches, magic, black cats and all that stuff, but at the same time, I'm something of a scaredy-cat.  I can't do outright gore or intense psychological torture stuff. Which leads me to struggle sometimes in finding books to read (or shows to watch) that are fit for Halloween, without keeping me up for weeks on end o.O  Which explains why this week's topic is:

Ten Best Halloween Reads for Fellow Scaredy-Cats

The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong - This one is always my favorite Halloween reads. It has EVERYTHING. Witches, Necromancers. Werewolves. Evil boarding houses. And of course, ghosts! It's suspenseful, but still YA so it's perfect for someone like me.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier - A deliciously atmospheric Middle-Grade read about an evil tree that controls spectres around a haunted house. Don't let the fact that it's MG fool you, this one is wonderfully creeptastic!

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones - Part Grim Reaper, Part Private Eye, Charley Davidson is all kinds of awesome. There's even some romance with the son of Satan himself. How fitting is that for this time of year?!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Werewolves!  This actually isn't a scary read at all, but the setting and tone are wonderfully immersive and it *is* hauntingly beautiful, so I'm going to say that it works.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik - Ok so, there's an EVIL HAUNTED FOREST.  And I don't mean just a little bit evil. No, I mean full on, evil incarnate.  My nature walks while I was reading this were tainted with nervous glares at my surroundings O.O ...just in case.

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe - It just isn't Halloween without The Raven! It's haunting and it's the kind of story that just stays with you. Poe sets an eerie tone like no one else.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - This one's self-explanatory right?! Especially coming from me ;) Wizards. Witches. Magic. Ghosts. Diabolical Dark Lords. Yeah, Harry Potter and Halloween go together all too well.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab - This one is another pick that might not be an ''obvious Halloween'' but it's an evil face-off between two villains! Diabolical schemes fit the bill for me.

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning - My other go-to paranormal romance for the spooky season.  Sure, the Fae might not ''sound'' Halloweeny (is that even a word?) but the Dark Fae of this world are seriously wicked, their world is dark like nothing else...and there are some *ahem* evil objects that fit the bill to a tee.

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver - Another MG read, although this one might be cuter and fluffier, it does feature a ghost prominently throughout.  Ghosts are my favorite supernatural creatures for this time of year!


  1. I really want to read the Charley Davidson series. I finally did buy the first three books. I've heard such good things about them. Have you read A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano? That's a really good MG book with ghosts (if you liked Liesl & Po, pick that one up). Great list! Happy Halloween!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  2. Great list, Micheline! I really need to read Vicious, and I'd like to read Shiver, too - I think I'm probably going to read it this winter. :) Uprooted is a great choice, the forest in that book really gave me the heebie jeebies!

  3. You just reminded me to see if my library has Liesl and Po - I have always wanted to give it a go. Great list!

  4. I'm really looking forward to Vicious!

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  5. I have started the Charley Davidson series, and I love it! And I had a little laugh to myself because you managed to include HP ;)
    I hope you're having a fantastic week, Micheline!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  6. Sarah Addison Allen books are good for fellow scaredy-cats like us too! :) My TTT

  7. I am SO excited about Vicious! I love villain based stories! Happy Halloween! :)

  8. Uprooted is AMAZING.
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  9. I definitely want to try Night Gardner and Liesl and Po. Think my local library has both so maybe I will check them out soon!

  10. Hehe, I can't read super scary stories, either. My favorite part of Halloween is the bit where I eat lots and lots of Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins! :D I always think of HP around this time of year especially. ♥ At first I thought I saw The Raven Boys until I realized it was The Raven by Poe, lololol. I think TRB could work here, too, right? With the psychics, the ley line, Ronan's ability, and . . . Noah?! XD

  11. This is a great list for me because I'm definitely a scaredy-cat!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. OH Uprooted is such a perfect fall/winter read! I might have to reread it soon, because that book THAT BOOK.

  13. This is a PERFECT list for me, Micheline, THANK YOU! I read about half of these already so I know you're on the same level of scaredy-cat as I am (I hatehatehate horror and gore but love witchcraft/paranormals). Have you read The Accident Season yet? I think it's a wonderful Halloween/autumn read.


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