This is a neat weekly feature over at a blog I really enjoy, The Broke and the Bookish. They read books similar to some that I've been reviewing, and they're fun and they write well. Totally worth checking out!
Top Ten Books to Read to Get in the Halloween Spirit
1. The Shining and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. SO SPOOKY. And of course Stephen King's got to be on nearly all the TTT lists today!
2. The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity, and A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd. The first one is a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells; the second is based on the plot of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but with a twist; the third I haven't read yet, but it's going to be based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Monsters!
3. Sanctum by Sarah Fine. Lela travels literally to HELL to try to rescue her bestie. HELL.
4. The Name of the Star, The Madness Underneath, and The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. Ghosts! And especially the ghost (? maybe?) of Jack the Ripper!
5. Mort by Terry Pratchett. This one is funny, I promise! Mort is a teen who's not much good at anything. Then Death himself comes along and takes him in as an apprentice. (The hubby introduced me to Terry Pratchett's Discworld, so he gets credit... in a way... for this one!)
6. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. A dark, dark fairy tale where almost all the major players have syphilis.
7. Confessions of a Murder Suspect and Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro. Thriller mystery! The main character is potentially a target in both of these books, making them even more tense.
8. Hysteria by Megan Miranda. Mallory killed her boyfriend. She's having trouble remembering that night, but everyone says it was self-defense. Now she's at a new school--a boarding school--and being stalked.
9. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. A darker retelling of Beauty and the Beast with magic and shadows that can possess you and drive you mad!
10. Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block. Julie and Clark try to contact Julie's recently deceased grandmother with an old ouija board and things DO NOT go well.
What about you? What would you read to get in the Halloween mood? Please leave your link; I love seeing others' lists!