Friday, October 28, 2011

TGIF: Spooktacular Reads

*sneaks in* Boo!

Ok, I know. You may all insert an eyeroll. But I had to!

This week the incredibly lovely Ginger at GReadsBook has asked:

Spooktacular Reads: Which books do you consider festive Halloween reads? Which stories have chilled you to the bone?

Oh this is gonna be long-winded! I tend to like books that are pretty dark and have a high creep/WTF-factor. But, I'm not necessarily into horror books. Because they give me nightmares. If you want straight up horror, check out Midnyte Reader. Anyway, I've divided my picks up a bit. Here's my recent list: 

No one who knows me will be surprised by this, but Maureen Johnson's (LOVE HER) The Name of the Star is a really great ghost story. 

The most haunting book I've read so far this year has to be Fury by Elizabeth Miles. It's not necessarily scary, but GEEZ does it have some creepy moments. 

The book with the most HOLY WTF?! is hands-down The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by the super-fab Michelle Hodkin. 

If you'd like a series to dive into, then definitely Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder

Also, ANYTHING by Neil Gaiman. He's a bad-ass. 

And now for the kickin' it old school list!: 

Be warned! Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is quite sad in addition to being creepy. 

Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (I work down the street from Sleepy Hollow and am going on the Sleepy Hollow cemetery lantern tour TONIGHT!!!!!) 

Bram Stoker's Dracula. Duh. 

Y'all, there are so many great book with high creep factors. SO. MANY. I'm sure I've left gaping holes in this list and y'all who are well-versed in horror are laughing at me, but . . . I tried. 

Now I have a question for y'all. Have any of you read The Hollow series by Jessica Verday? It's been on my radar for a bit, but I can't find the damn books anywhere and I don't like buying books I haven't already read. So! If any of you can definitely tell me that they're worth the monies, I will buy them. :)


  1. I'm just about to start The Name of the Star. So excited...I know it will be full of awesome. These are all great picks. And, yes, ANYTHING by Neil Gaiman. :D

  2. I had Dracula too! But I agree Frankenstein is far more scary in modern movies than he ever was in the book...*tear*

  3. Yes, Midnyte reader *owns* this time of year right?! Great picks :)

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

  4. Neil Gaiman IS badass. And I spotted The Hollow books recently, they look pretty fricking awesome and I found them on Amazon. Might have been for kindle but I can't entirely remember.
    New follower. :)
    Once Upon A Time

  5. Frankenstein, what a great pick, I forgot about that creepy one...;) And that cover of Dracula gave me the creeps!!

  6. The Name of the Star is SUCH a good read. I really had a lot of fun while I was reading it, though I avoided reading it at night because I got scared. Happy Friday! :)