Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top Ten Halloween Reads

TTT is hosted by my dear, amazing friend Jamie over at The Broke and the Bookish. Well, here are 8...

1. Pet Sematary by Stephen King.
This was the first really scary book I ever read. And I think the first scary movie I ever saw, too. I'm not kidding you when I tell you that the little boy Gage (aka that snarky kid from Full House/the penis-vagina kid in Kindergarten Cop) is scary as hell. This book is CREEPY. You'd think it'd be enough to make me scared of cats. You'd be wrong, but that cover still scares me.

2. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.
I haven't read this yet, but I hear it's scary. Also, it's got something to do with Jack the Ripper, who I HIGHLY DOUBT is as hot of a ripper as the other ripper I'm familiar with ;) YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN.

3. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.
Other than the fact that this is one of my favorite books ever, this book has some seriously creepy moments. It's like the spirit of Poe lives between the two covers of this book. Plus there's a character called Pinfeathers that could induce some serious nightmares.

4. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
Another book I haven't read it. But it's a ghost story and people often dress up like ghosts for Halloween. I definitely need to get my hands on this one.

5. Darkhouse by Karina Halle.
YET ANOTHER book I've not read. But there are ghosts AND it's about a protag in her 20s, which is right up my alley.

6. Ashes by Ilsa Bick.
I've heard everyone raving about this one. Zombies. Scary solitude in the dark, dark woods. Yeah I'm thinking that's enough to make you maybe not sleep well.

7. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
I have so much love for this book. It's mindless fun. It is creepy sometimes because there are some BAD VAMPS out there. And there are currently 11 books out there, with 5 more to come. The quality doesn't decrease, either. These are awesome books.

8. Paranormal Activity.
Okay, so this isn't a book. But while I was partaking in adult beverages the other day, I thought "hey, I can handle this. I need to stop being a wuss like I have all these years and just watch it." WORST. IDEA. EVER. Even though I laughed my way through it drunkenly, those images are emblazoned into my brain and now I can't sleep. Straight up the scariest movie I've ever seen.


  1. BAHAH Drunk Jen watching Paranormal Activity makes me giggle. Your text made me laugh and simultaneously shudder at the vivid images my brain has decided to retain from that movie.

  2. I really want to read The Name of the Star!

  3. Ooh I hadn't seen the cover of Black Dawn yet. Very cool! Yes, read Anna soon - it's so scary good! I agree that Nevermore is amazing. Can't wait for the sequel. Great spooky choices!

  4. Eeeeppp! Paranormal activity freaks me out! I totally agree with you on Morganville Vampire series. I love ti!

  5. I want Ashes so bad! And I keep seeing Nevermore everywhere, need to read that one.

    I didn't like Paranormal Activity. I didn't scare me at all. But my friends keep dragging me to see all three of the movies, so they are okay with friends.

    Thanks for commenting on ours!


  6. I haven't read any of these books but they all sound like they need to go on my TBR list! And I had a similar experience with Paranormal Activity - I didn't think the movie was scary at all but trying to sleep afterward was definitely a challenge!

  7. I am very lucky that I watched Paranormal Activity with my husband- otherwise I would still be traumatized, I think. Really, genuinely frightening! I keep seeing The Name of the Star on lists this week- must read soon! Thanks for stopping by my list on commenting :)

  8. I'm not a huge fan of scary books but Anna Dressed in Blood looks interesting and I still need to finish The Morganville Vampires series. Read book one and loved it and I have the second one on my Nook right now from the library.

  9. Oh if I had a copy of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, that would be on my list. And if you haven't read ASHES yet you should, and it's perfectly scary. There's some images from that book that are still haunting me.

  10. Pet Sematary totally freaked me out, and yes, that kid totally made that movie a nightmare. I had to hide the book under my mattress because I was terrified of waking up and seeing that cat staring back at me.

    I heard Ashes is the book to read, so I have to get on that.

    And as far as Paranormal Activity, I have no memory of what was scary about that movie aside from that one scene at the end and the fact the girl only wore tank tops through the entire thing. Think I need to see that movie without my dude with me who kept laughing through the whole thing.

    Great list, and I seriously need to read Anna too!

  11. Oh dear, my other half is really keen to see Paranormal Activity and I've half-convinced myself that I could handle it with appropriate adult beverages. Your post makes me think this is not such a great idea...:)

  12. Nevermore is on my list as well- perfect for this time of year! I also have never read any Stephen King...I'm too much of a baby. Regarding Paranormal Activity, my husband made me watch it last year and it scared the crap out of me. I hated every second of it!

  13. I think the only way I would ever watch that movie is if I was REALLY REALLY drunk! Nah, I'm still too chicken! Great post!


  14. The Name of the Star and Anna Dressed in Blood made a lot of people's lists this week! Both I really need to read soon! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10 Tuesday

  15. you are like me, I haven't read a lot of scary books lately, but I could think of a lot of books I have heard are scary....

  16. Ooooh, good one with Pet Cemetery. The whole Gage think? Creeperific!

  17. I read a LOT of scary books, but the only one on your list that I've read is Nevermore. SO congrats you have made me feel not so well read, which is kind of rare.

    AWESOME LIST THOUGH. I love that you add a bit of commentary huzzah for not being lazy.

    Also, I need to still see Paranormal Activity, preferably while drunk.