Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads

I can't believe that October is almost over! I know I say that at the end of every month but its true. I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy any holiday that involves themed reading. I'm not one for scary movie or books, but I do have a few favorite Halloween books that I have read and a few that I want to read. 
I made a post earlier this month about Perfect October Reads which you can check out if you want to see more of my selections. 



1. Dracula, Bram Stoker
I just finished Dracula this month and I did a rather detailed post on the story's history as well as a review. (read it here.) Although this one is quite long, I really enjoyed listening to it on audio book, and would recommend it if you have any long drives coming up, especially if you will be driving at night! It definitely spooked me a little bit, Dracula is one creepy guy.

2. The Diviners, Libba Bray
Another large book, The Diviners is the only Libba Bray book I have read. I loved the atmosphere of 1920's New York City in this novel, and if the second book ever gets released, I think the series will be quite enjoyable. It deals with a lot of supernatural elements and seriously creepy serial killer. (As opposed to not the creepy serial killers I guess).  

3. Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman 
Okay, I cheated. I haven't read all of the stories in this collection, but I have really enjoyed what I have read. This book would be perfect for Halloween night. Just pick up a few creepy and weird tales while curled up after dark. 


4. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book is a cute retelling of Kipling's The Jungle Book, and I found it to be a really enjoyable read. I think that majority of Gaiman's works would be great for the Halloween season and I really want to read more from him, so let me know what you liked from him. 

5. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and Gris Grimly
This adaptation of Frankenstein  was the last book I read, and I really loved the art style and how well the themes from the original story were preserved. I'm really itching to read the original story now, and I think I will add it to next Halloween's TBR list. (Yep, I'm already planning my TBR that far ahead!) Any of Gris Grimly's works would be perfect for Halloween. He illustrated some Poe stories and I'm very eager to get my hands on those!



6. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
I NEED to start this series! I'm going to start it very, very soon. I've heard lots of great things.

7. A Certain  Slant of Light, Laura Whilcomb 
This one is about a girl ghost who haunts a high school English classroom, which means I'm super interested. I've heard it's rather heartbreaking though.

8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black 
I haven't read any Holly Black yet, and this one intrigues me because it is a standalone, and it's about Vampires. Everyone loves a good vampire novel. 


9. The Fall, Bethany Griffin 
This is a retelling of Poe's story, The Fall of the House of Usher. I'm always interested to see how authors rework classics in YA fiction, and Poe seems like he would be a bit of a challenge to rework. I've heard pretty mixed reviews, but I'm still interested in checking it out. Plus, what a creepy cover!

10. Born Wicked, Jessica Spottswood 
This is a YA trilogy about witches set in a fictional historical setting. I've heard pretty good reviews of this book, and I haven't read a YA witch series yet. Let me know if you have any other recommendations for YA witch books!

What are you reading this Halloween? Any Gaiman recommendations? Young Adult Witch series recommendations? 


  1. Awesome list. The books I've read on it are some of my favorites in this genre.

    My TTT List for Halloween

  2. I really want to read The Graveyard Book and Born Wicked. Great choices! :-)

    1. I really enjoyed the Graveyard Book and Born Wicked has been on my TBR list forever!
      thanks for stopping by!

  3. I read The Graveyard Book this month, too. :D I've tried reading Dracula several times and I've never been able to get into it, so I might just give it a try on audiobook!

    You don't have to wait until next Halloween to read Frankenstein! I always see so many people recommend it as a Halloween read, but it's very atmospheric, set amongst the snow and the mountains, so it makes a great read for winter. :D

    I also really want to read The Raven Boys! Great list!

    1. Yeah give the audiobook a try! I don't think I would have gotten through it as quickly as I did if I read it on my own.
      Oh! Maybe I will pick up Frankenstein this winter then! I'm on the look out for a beautiful copy.
      The Raven Boys has been on my shelf for a very long time, I need to read it!
      thanks for stopping by!

  4. Oh, I want to read Gris Grimly's FRANKENSTEIN so bad, and I need to read DRACULA! I really liked THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, but I had troubles with THE RAVEN BOYS. Thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

    1. I've heard The Raven Boys gets better as the series goes on.
      I really recommend Frankenstein, I loved the art!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I definitely want to read The Fall and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! I am not the hugest fan of scary stuff either, but sometimes they intrigue me! (And seriously, I am so with you on October absolutely flying by! What happened?!) Great list :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. I know! Next thing you know it will be Christmas! I'm so not ready for Christmas shopping season.
      Sometimes a little bit of creepy is intriguing, I agree.
      Thanks for stopping by!