Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Top Ten Spooky Books To Read for Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and That Artsy Reader Girl. I don't read many scary books as I scare very easily, but every once in a while there's one I can't resist. Here are ten spooky and scary books to get in the Halloween spirit!

1. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White - I love this Frankenstein retelling! It gives depth to characters pushed to the side in the original and is just really well done!

2. All These Bodies by Kendare Blake - Be prepared for all the creepy crawlies! I stayed up late to finish this one, and made my mom sit by my side as I finished since I was so scared!

3. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames - This book just about gave me nightmares. The descriptions of the being from the mine will haunt you just as it does the characters.

4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco - This whole series is great, but I recommend reading it with the lights on. Maniscalco doesn't hesitate to describe some seriously creepy stuff that you can't help but visualize.

5. The Project by Courtney Summers - Make sure to check out the content warnings for this one. It's a great look into how cults operate and recruit people, but it's also really hard to read due to the abuse characters suffer.

6. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes - This book follows a girl who escaped from a cult, but without her hands. She has been arrested for crimes that aren't immediately told to the reader, and we learn her story as she shares it in the juvenile detention center.

7. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - A great book that is both scary and romantic. Features an abandoned asylum, mind games, and a girl who might just murder you with her mind!

8. The Buried by Melissa Grey - A new release, The Buried at first look is a typical post-apocalyptic, in a bunker thriller. But everything is not as it seems, and the woman in charge might not have her charges best interests at heart.

9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power - This is both a scary adventure in the woods and a warning about the dangers of climate change. The titular girls must stick together despite lots of danger and terrible odds.

10. Asylum by Madeleine Roux - The creepiness of this book is advanced by the use of pictures from actual asylums. It's a good twist on asylum horror stories, as the mentally ill patient isn't the villain but the doctor who abused them.

I'm a major scaredy cat, but I still really enjoyed all of these books! Some lean closer to scary and some are more creepy. The distinction might not sound like much, but they leave you with different feelings when you finish the book. Will you be reading some scary books for Halloween? Or will you be cuddled up with something cozy? Let me know in the comments!

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