Tuesday, October 27

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Scary Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week, the original topic was a Halloween themed freebie. I have not read many scary or Halloween-ish books - definitely not enough to fill in a top ten list -, so I decided to instead list all the scary books (at least they look and sound scary to me) that I have in my TBR.

Scary books I want to read

1 - Dracula, Bram Stoker
This is one of those classics that I've been meaning to read for such a long time it's ridiculous I never got around to it.

2 - Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Another one of those classics I've seen a ton of interpretations of, but never actually read the real thing.

3 - Coraline, Neil Gaiman
I remember thinking that if this book was at least half as creepy as the Tim Burton film, there was no way this could be a children's book.

4 - The graveyard book, Neil Gaiman
This is the book I always have recommended to me when I say I never read Neil Gaiman, so I'm hoping it'll be good. If the title is any indication, this'll be creepy as hell.

5 - The woman in black, Susan Hill
I must admit that I committed the biggest sin a book lover can commit. I watched the film first. I'm sorry, I didn't know about the book! I am curious to read it though and see what the film left out.

6 - The shining, Stephen King
I've actually already started this book, but ended up putting it down. I was enjoying it, but as I was going through a reading slump, I couldn't find the energy or commitment to finish this huge book.

7 - The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
Everyone says wonders about this book, and I can't wait to find out what is up with it. It sounds very mysterious. 

8 - Interview with the vampire, Anne Rice
I believe this to be something of a modern classic. And I have yet to pick it up. At least I never watched this film.

9 - The diviners, Libba Bray
Ugh, I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I've had it for a while, and I also have an ARC of Lair of Dreams waiting to be read, so I'll have to read this one soon.

10 - Anna dressed in blood, Kendare Blake
This book sounds creepily awesome. I don't think I've ever read about ghosts before, and I can't wait to dive into this one.

 What are the top scary books on your TBR? Let me know! :)


  1. Dracula, Frankenstein, Mara Dyer and Anna Dressed in Blood are on my tbr as well! I've read Interview with the vampire a few years ago, and I didn't really like it all that much. I did like the second book, The Vampire Lestat a lot more, though! Great list!

    1. Thank you! I don't know why I never pick up scary books, but I do have a whole of them on my shelves waiting to be read... I'll let you know what I think of them when I read them! :)

  2. I totally recommend the Diviners. It's a big book, but it reads really fast. I was super surprised when I read Frankenstein in college. It was nothing like I thought it would be... Hollywood really changed what Mary Shelley's vision was, that's for sure. As for Mara Dyer, I love the way Michelle Hodkin writes... it's SO addicting. I loved the first and 2nd books in the series, but was disappointed at the end revelation. Still it's a really cool series! Great list!! Happy reading!

    1. I really really really want to pick up the Diviners. It might be the one I'm most looking forward to. Everyone seems to love it, but it's huge! Thank you for letting me know it reads fast, I'm more likely to pick it up now! :)
      Frankenstein I might read soon, in the spirit of Halloween :b
      That seems to be everyone's opinion regarding the Mara Dyer trilogy - the third book is a disappointment. I'll still pick it up though and see what I think!
      Thank you so much! :)

  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is NOT a very scary or even creepy book, in spite of the name... ;-) I don´t think it goes in this list of yours. You really have to read it to understand what it is because I am not going to tell you (it will spoil your fun!). However, Neil Gaiman has some pretty scary ones. Coraline is definitely one of them and The Ocean at the End of the Lane is another wonderful one. Happy Halloween!

    1. Thank you for clearing that up, the name just sounded spooky enough to me so I added it! :)
      I think I need to finally pick one of his books up... maybe I'll do it in time for Halloween!
      Happy Halloween to you, too! :)

  4. Awesome list!!! Coraline and The Graveyard Book are fantastic books to check out! Here's my TTT!

    1. Thank you so much! I really need to read Neil Gaiman, I feel like I'm missing out on so much...
      Thank you for stopping by! :)