Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

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 DaughterHer 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 StarThe 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!


  1. Oh my goodness, I forgot about Cruel Beauty!!! I put my two favorite Tam Lin retellings on my list and somehow forgot there was that element in Cruel Beauty too. It's so creepy as well. I'm going to have to go back and add it now. :) Love that book.

    My TTT

  2. I really liked Doctor Sleep as well. The Name of the Star was good and creepy, but the 2nd book wasn't as good. Hoping the 3rd will be better. Great list!
    Check out my Top 10.

  3. I've yet to read Cruel Beauty but I'm really looking forward to it! The Madman's Daughter seems like such a great book but unfortunately I'm a bit hesitant to pick it up because of all the negative reviews of it.
    Anyways, wonderful list.
    My TTT: http://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.hu/2014/10/top-ten-characters-i-would-totally-want.html

  4. I was just commenting to someone else that I haven't read any Stephen King because I don't know where to start. The Shining is so well know, maybe I'll start there.

  5. I'm reading "The Madman's Daughter" right now and I'm LOVING it!

    ~ Cate is Reading Good Books.

  6. Ooh, I've been wanting to read The Madman's Daughter books -- I forgot that I have it on my Kindle, so thanks for the reminder! Doctor Sleep was soooo good. Great list!

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

  7. Oooh man. Love all your choices.

    Thanks for stopping at my Top Ten post!

    Kim @ Book Munchies

  8. I've read the first book in the Megan Shephard series, but I didn't realize that the next two were based on different old classics. Very interesting! Great choices!

    I love the way you think. When I see an old, tattered book, all I can think is, "How could someone treat this poor book this way!!" Yep, I'm one of those people who has to keep her books pristine - I have a hard time with used books. LOL!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. Oh yes, Cruel Beauty is creepy, what with Ignifex and Shade and all of those horrible things locked in cupboards! Such a marvelous story too! And I've been meaning to read The Madman's Daughter.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)