Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top Ten Books for Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Today's seasonal topic is Top Ten Books To Read for Halloween.  This was sort of tough for me because I don't read many scary or supernatural books anymore.  When I was in my teens and twenties, I read a lot of horror - pretty much everything Stephen King wrote and a lot of Dean Koontz, too - but I haven't read much of that genre in years.  So, I dug back a ways for some of these and only came up with 8:

  1. It by Stephen King (I could have made an entire list of Stephen King novels, but I remember this one being one of the scariest)
  2. The Dark Half by Stephen King (another favorite because it's about a writer)
  3. Shutter Island by Denise Lehare
  4. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (not really scary but a ghost story)
  5. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (scariest Crichton book)
  6. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (it's about a witch after all!)
  7. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent (more disturbing than scary but it is about the Salem witch trials)
  8. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (truly frightening in much too real a way)

For my list of Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween for kids and teens/YA, check out Great Books for Kids and Teens.

What are your top picks for Halloween reading?


  1. Nice picks! Didn't think of Shutter Island--that's definitely a scary movie (the book is on my TBR shelf--hope it's good!). Here are my picks.

  2. Anonymous6:56 PM

    I'm definitely not game enough to read It! I'd like to read Shutter Island.

  3. Not sure if I have read any of these. I generally don't do horror.

    Here's my TTT:

  4. Ah! I forgot Shutter Island as well. I just got it signed by Dennis Lehane at the Brooklyn Book Festival. How could I forget it!?

  5. I found Jurassic Park particularly terrifying! That's the only one on your list that I've read, but I'm not much for horror in general.

  6. I have read Wicked and loved the parts that weren't all out weird. I think once elphaba got to school is when I started to really enjoy it.

    I didn't know Jodi Picoult wrote a scary book. I will have to try it out.I am reading my first Stephen King, 11/22/63, but its not scary.

    Thanks for sharing with #ThrowbackThursdayLinkup and hope you join us again this week!