Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit.
I don’t read many books that fit into the Halloween mold– paranormal or horror. I tend to read thrillers this time of year, as that is my favorite brand of creepy, but many thrillers are disposable so I’m not sure I’d recommend them. Here is my hodge-podge list of spooky! scary! books which I think are perfect for prepping you for Halloween!
1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson– I read this for the readathon a couple weekends ago and this is a great fall read. It’s not super scary, but it is disorienting and creepy and there are some really off-kilter characters.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn– This is more on the suspense side of things, but it is disturbing and twisted, so I think it would make a good read for Halloween.
3. The Harry Potter series– Halloween seems like the perfect time to relive the magic!
4. Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss– This was one of my favorite ghost stories growing up. It involves a haunted house and a dollhouse that is a portal to the past of the house. De rigueur for the 80s/90s ghost story, I guess.
5. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn– My other favorite ghost story from growing up. This ghost was creepy and no good.
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs– I was only eh on this book, but if you’re going to read it, Halloween is a good time for it.
7. The Shining by Stephen King– I don’t read much horror or much Stephen King, but I have read The Shining. And I had trouble sleeping until I finished it.
8. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz– I’m running out of scary stories, but this funny mystery series seems like a good fit for this time of year, too. There’s a thin line between funny and scary.
What gets you in the Halloween spirit? Also, while we’re talking about Halloween (and I’m pregnant, so I think about food constantly), what’s your favorite Halloween candy? I love the mallowcreme pumpkins, as well as Kit Kats and Milk Duds.