Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish where a new top ten list is posted each week. This week is: Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween.

1. Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
There is no way this book wasn't ending up on this list. I brought it last Halloween (partly for the cover) and it is brilliant. If you haven't read her other Poirot books you'll be missing a few things, but I'd only read one and still really enjoyed this. It features Ariadne Oliver as a character who plays off Poirot really well.

2. The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
This has made several of my TTT lists already, but it's placed here because (a) it's scary, (b) it's written by a screenwriter so is similar to watching a horror movie, and (c) it's scary!

3. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lori Duncan
This has very little in common with the movie, and I didn't realise just how old it was until I realised the war they were talking about was in Vietnam. It stands the test of time really well and it has a creepy whodunnit vibe throughout.

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Come on - creepy ghosts, haunted moors and mist? Throw in the Kate Bush song Heathcliff and you've got a Halloween special. I read this a couple of years ago and surprised myself by actually enjoying it. It's got amazing atmosphere that would really suit the Halloween season.

5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Also known as The Scottish Play by actors who are too superstitious to use the actual title in a theatre. It fits pretty well with the Halloween theme with witches, murder and mayhem.

6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Pretty much what I'm likely to be reading for Halloween. I've never read it before but it made the list because it is basically the original vampire novel. Also I've been lucky enough to visit Whitby in Yorkshire where his boat crashes and that is a very creepy place.

7. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Purely based on the title alone, this is the ideal Halloween read. I don't think my copy remain unread until then because it sounds awesome! Also look at the cover - doesn't that just scream Halloween?

8. Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Another one on my Halloween reading list, this time about demons. I saw some great reviews for this and loved the cover, but it was the teaser video that really got me to pick up a copy. The video can be found here and is uber-creepy.

9. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Beautiful, haunting and atmospheric this is the ideal Halloween read and it comes with the added bonus of snippets of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the start of each chapter. I loved it and read it in a day, which is impressive even for me as it's over 500 pages.

10. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe
"Quoth the Raven, nevermore" Poe has written some of the creepiest poems and short stories around, and while I haven't read all of them I've been impressed with those I have read.


  1. I keep seeing Anna Dressed in Blood! Must check it out. And I didn't know that I Know What You Did Last Summer was based on a book!

  2. Anna Dressed In Blood... the title it self is really scary as well as Possess
    Awesome picks!
    Here's my Top Ten Books to Read on Halloween

  3. Love your picks - the book covers look scary! Anna Dressed in Blood made my list too.

  4. I have never heard of this Agatha Christie book and I'm a huge fan. I'll have to get it.
    Wuthering Heights definitely belongs on this list.

  5. Great list! I love Edgar Allen Poe! I didn't even think to add him for some reason!

  6. I forgot about DRACULA! Such a great pick! And Edgar Allen Poe, I need to read everything of his.

    Thanks for commenting on ours!


  7. I haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood yet, but I've heard so many good things about it that it made my list too. :)

  8. Anna Dressed in Blood has such a creepy cool cover. I have been wanting to read it, but I think it may be too gory or spooky for my taste! I like that you included Wuthering Heights- very appropriate for this week's theme! Thanks for stopping by my list this week and commenting :)

  9. You are right, Edgar Allen Poe wrote terribly scary things. Completely forgot about him. I like your list :)

    My TTT list for Halloween

  10. Oh I haven't read any of these lol will be checking some of the, out, Anna dressed in blood is already on my wishlist!

  11. I read I Know What You Did Last Summer after the movie version was released and couldn't believe how different it was...of course the book is a much better story than the "slasher" film. Anything by Poe will get your creeper antennae up for sure :)

  12. Loving these covers. Such a nice modern twist to Wuthering Heights. Anna dressed in Blood looks amazing for Halloween... I am definately picking that one up this week.

  13. Thanks for all the comments guys :) Anna Dressed in Blood is next on my to read list so once a review for Lover Mine appears, Anna won't be far behind!


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