Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.
This week, TTT is a Halloween Freebie, and I feel like I’ve almost used every topic possible this month for other posts 😛 True, I could do my favorite villains or creatures or something, but right now I’m feeling much more excited about my TBR, so that’s what I’m talking about.
Just a quick disclaimer, of sorts: I haven’t read these yet, so I really don’t know if they will turn out to be spooky or not. (I also tend to not read many reviews of books unless I’m on the fence after reading the synopsis.) I’m basing my assumption that these will be spooky reads pretty much exclusively on the synopsis, but also a little on Goodreads genre shelves (which are woefully unreliable too often, I know), what I’ve heard about them and remember (mostly for backlist titles), and the cover.
1. Craven Manor by Darcy Coates
I love the cover of this one ❤ So creepy! It gives me Gothic ghost story vibes, but I actually don’t really remember the synopsis except that a guy is desperate for work and takes a job as a groundskeeper, but things aren’t what they seem and then weird stuff happens.
2. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
I think this was actually on my R.I.P. XIV/Something Wicked Fall TBR, but I don’t think I’ll be getting to it before the end of this month I also don’t remember the plot (hehe) of this one very well, but I do remember something about an estate and some spooky Gothic vibes.
3. Alice by Christina Henry
Really, I could have chosen anything by Christina Henry, because I still haven’t read any of her books But I went with this one because I think it’s been on my TBR the longest. It’s inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but that’s literally all I remember about the synopsis.
4. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
I love Mira Grant’s (AKA Seanan McGuire) writing, and I really loved the Newsflesh trilogy, so I’m excited to read another of her horror novels. Really, I was sold after hearing “killer mermaids,” even if I didn’t already like the author.
5. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I really enjoyed both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and this one has been on my TBR for ages. I think I’ve been intimidated by the length (it’s about 700 pages), but maybe I’ll put it on my Tome Topple TBR…
6. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
This one made my TBR early this year when I first heard about it, but since its release I’ve been seeing a lot of great and terrible reviews, so it seems to be pretty polarizing. I usually end up loving books like that, but we’ll see.
7. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Shea Ernshaw plus creepy woods? Heck yeah! I’m really looking forward to this one.
8. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
The plot of this one reminds me of the movie Mercy Black, but I have a feeling I’m going to like this book more (although I did like that movie).
9. Melmoth by Sarah Perry
All I know about this one is that it’s by the author of The Essex Serpent (which I really liked) and it has at least some Gothic elements. I’m sold.
10. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
This one has been on my radar all year, and I own it, and it was on my TBR for…something.I really thought I was going to get to it this month, but I’m doubting that now. Maybe next month.
I don’t read horror and other spooky books only in October, but I do tend to save quite a few different kinds for this time of year, so I have options because I’m definitely a mood reader. But, I also like trying to read things that are spookier in the autumn, whether it’s a Gothic story, fantasy with some creepy elements, or some variety of horror. The chillier days with wind and rain just add an extra layer of fun to reading something a bit unsettling ❤