Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Think Make Great Halloween-Time Reads!


As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish!

I’m always looking for good reads the weeks leading up to Halloween. My reads are always so varied — sometimes I look truly scary, bonechilling books, sometimes something more paranormal and strange, sometimes I want a really perfect Fall-ish setting and sometimes I just want a slasher film in book form! So my list is a very diverse list — not all are scary and some just get me in the mood for Halloween.

1. Ten by Gretchen McNeil: 10 teens on an isolated island getting picked off one by one! My review should go up this week!
2. The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting: Love a good mystery! The Body Finder was real good, Desires of the Dead was MEH to me and The Last Echo CREEPED ME OUT THE MOST OF ALL.
3. Anything Christopher Pike & RL Stine: Can’t go wrong if you are looking for a fast paced, creepy read! Albeit sometimes cheesy but SO FUN…except when you are Teen Jamie and are home alone reading them. NOT FUN.

4. Beyond by Graham McNamee: I’m currently reading this one now but I had to throw it in because I’ve been dying for a good ghost story!
5. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill: Horror at its finest! Even if you only read YA, I think if you like SCARY you’ll love this adult book!
6. Rebecca by Daphne du Murier: Like Gothic lit? Pick this one! One of the few books I read for required reading in high school that I LOVED!

7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: This one wasn’t as 5 Star OMG as it was for everyone else but I flew through it & thought it was kind of a great pick for Halloween with its chilling supernatural plot.
8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I’m planning on rereading this because I was too stressed with wedding planning to really get swept away by this one as I should have. I LIKED it but didn’t really immerse myself in it. But seriously…I want to read this outside on a Fall day. AND KILLER HORSES? Need I say more??
9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: I think most people’s idea of Frankenstein is the creepy looking monster-y guy and that the book is probably a spooky monster book! I mean, there is a monster but not in the scary sense. What is more scary are some of the moral issues Shelley brings up. I don’t know..for some reason I just always associate this with Halloween!
10. Fury & Envy by Elizabeth Miles: These were surprisingly chilling! The Furies creep me out and there IS a body count. They are ruthless!

Please please PLEASE share with me some good Halloween reads as I still have a week left of my Halloween reading binge!! The scarier the better…that’s what I’m in the mood for now! But I’ll take any recs!



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Impressive list – love your layout!

  2. Love your list! Ten is my fave. Feel free to check out mine…

  3. Oooh, good choices! I’ve heard good things about Heart-Shaped Box, and it’s good to know that it’s super creepy. I finally read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer last month and REALLY enjoyed it. I’m also giving away a copy on my blog this month as part of Something Wicked Comes (*ahem* *shameless plug* apologies!!).

    My husband is a HUGE Stephen King fan, and I’ve read several of his books based on hubby’s recommendations. My favourites were probably either Salem’s Lot (one of the first vampire novels that I ever read) or The Shining (I still shudder when I think of those topiaries!) For YA, it would probably be Unwind, since that book was thrilling in its pace, as well as slightly icky in its subject material. Dystopia at its best!

  4. I love the look of your list, Jamie! Very creepy blood spatters and cute little bats 🙂 Fury was a creepy read, and so was The Body Finder. I didn’t consider The Scorpio Races, but you know those blood-thirsty horses were actually pretty scary. Thank you for the Rebecca rec too, I am a big chicken when it comes to horror and that sounds perfect for me 🙂
    Happy spooky reading!

  5. Love your list! I don’t read many scary books, I kinda dislike the nightmares ;), but Ten looks so amazing! I want to read that one! And of course The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!

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  6. I’m no good with scary books at all – Frankenstein is also on my list though. And Scorpio Races sounds amazing, I’m going to look for it today.

  7. I loooove that Mara is on your list (it’s on mine too). There were a few scenes in that book that really creeped me out! Awesome picks, Jamie!

  8. Love this list! I read so many books by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike when I was younger – some of them were genuinely terrifying at the time! I need to read Rebecca at some point, I watched the film a few months ago and I imagine the book is even creepier.

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVED Christopher Pike & R.L Stien when I was growing up! Chain Letter was one of my fav books! And the Babysitter books were so scary! Great list, The Body Finder sounds good!
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  10. You know my feelings for Mara Dyer. And also, FEAR STREET FTW. I have wanted for so long to re-read some of these <3

  11. love you list, and your layout for them. SUPER CUTE. R.L stine is on my list as well. and i am dying to read TEN, can’t wait to get to it! great list
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  12. Great list, we share one! And I have ALL of these on my TBR pile, waiting to be picked up soon. 🙂

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  13. Awesome layout! I need to read Ten – I can’t believe I haven’t got to it yet.

    I haven’t read Heart-Shaped Box yet, but I’ve got Joe Hill on my list too!

  14. Great selections, I like how you separated them too! I’m reading Ten right now and it’s really good 🙂

  15. Awesome list layout! The Scorpio Races!! yes!! Love that one. ALSO. Christopher Pike made it on my list as well 🙂

  16. These books all sound very perfect for the upcoming Halloween week! I actually really want to read The Body Finder series, as it sounds so perfectly intriguing. And then, of course, there’s the mysterious The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer which I still have not been able to read yet! I also want to check out Heart-shaped Box, as that certainly sounds ominous…

  17. I just finished The Body Finder and I loved it!! Very, very great list. I included the Fear Street books on mine as well. They definitely gave me nightmares when I was a kid lol.
    Happy Tuesday 🙂

  18. This is such a stellar list, Jamie, with many of these reads already at the top of my TBR pile. I definitely have to add some kiddie favourites like the Fear Street Series (you know Bob and I are, like, BFF’s now), Bunnicula and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Sooooo good!

    As for more current, creeptastic reads I recommend And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) which some say the book Ten is based on and I Am Not A Serial Killer – The John Cleaver Series (Dan Wells). Also, you can never go wrong with the classic Stoker tale, Dracula.

  19. I’ve been loving Hill’s graphic novel series, Locke & Key. I need to read his novels!

  20. Great list, I love the format of it. You definitely included something for everybody1 Here is my Top Ten.

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  21. Kelsey @ The Lost Book Reports says:

    I thought about adding The Scorpio Races to my list as well! Kind of wishing I did. Love how you formatted this post!

  22. I can’t wait to start reading Ten! 🙂 I’ve heard so many great things about it. The Heart Shaped Box sounds pretty scary as well.

  23. Love your selections! I totally agree with you on The Scorpio Races – it almost made its way onto my list, too. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Love your graphic for this list! Very Halloween-y!

    Awesome list! I would have never thought to include The Scorpio Races, but it totally fits!

    R.L. Stine is a classic spooky staple!

    Ten made my list too!

  25. Great list! Rebecca made it on my list, too. I have seen Fear Street on so many TTTs this week. I used to read Fear Street pretty much exclusively when I was a kid. I think I might pick one up again, to see what I think about them now.

  26. Oh lots of good choices! I loved Ten, Rebecca and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! And your graphics are perfect for Halloween – great work!!

  27. I have Mara Dyer on my shelf and I keep putting off reading it. I may try it now. I’ve always wanted to read Rebecca…and I’m putting Beyond on my shelf. I’ve never heard of it before. The two scary books that come to mind are Pet Semetary by Stephen King and Horns by Joe Hill.

  28. I adore RL Stine, seriously! Great choice you got here! Have you read Anna dressed in blood? That one was a good one!!

  29. Lauren Ellice says:

    I just ordered Mara Dyer… I hope that I get it in time for Halloween! Thanks for the list… I’ll have to check out the others you mentioned that I haven’t read!

  30. All those beautiful books I need to read!!