If You’re A Scared-y Cat Bookworm, Here Are Ten Halloween Reads For You! | Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s no secret that I’m a scaredy cat. I’ll read one freaky scene in a novel and for the rest of the night I’ll be so paranoid I won’t be able to get up to go to the toilet. I’ll enjoy the entirety of a horror movie, only to be kept up all night afterwards due to my own paranoia.
So what does this mean for me? It means I cross out all possibility of me ever reading books within the thriller and horror genre. (To give you all some perspective on how bad it is, I freaked out reading The Accident Season and it was only at the very beginning of the novel!)
And I can’t be the only one (right?). Of course not! So, as Halloween is approaching and every other bookworm is getting hyped up for their freaky horror reads, we scaredy cat bookworms are preparing to read our cutesy romances and epic fantasies and missing out on all the fun of Halloween. 
PFFT. No! I’m here to give you all some mildly (and by mild I mean, SERIOUSLY not scary) dark reads to ensure you don’t feel left out this Halloween! (still, you’ll probably miss out on the fun, but I think being able to sleep at night is better than being paranoid and scared all night long).

Let’s Go! 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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First of all, the cover is enough to give you a little fright, or at least indicate to you that this might be a little scary. But I assure you bookworms that this is a much more dark and emotional read rather than a scary one! 

Angelfall by Susan Ee

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I need to promote this book more. It’s one of my top favourite books of the year, seriously, I feel like you wouldn’t know this because I DON’T PROMOTE IT ENOUGH. But I digress. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where angels have come down and destroyed everything: post-apocalyptic novels are always great for Halloween, right? AND ANGELS TOO. Bonus! It’s dark, it’s gritty, there’s a psychotic mother, but have no fear bookworms for there is a handsome, swoon-worthy male angel to protect you while you read! (Raffe is just… *swoons*)

World After by Susan Ee

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The sequel to Angelfall! Complete with even more grittiness and creepy creatures and more of the psychotic mother! Woo hoo! (Totally not scary, I assure you. YOU MUST READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW)

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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For my younger viewers: here’s another paranormal-angel story! The cover, once again looks Halloween-y enough right? It’s got dark undertones but you’ve got a romance in there that will make up for it! 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

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Not a novel I particularly liked or would recommend, but nonetheless, it’s a good book to read that won’t totally freak you out. Another angel book! (WHAT is up with me and recommending angel books for Halloween?) It’s got mysterious guys, stalker-ish themes, but all wrapped within a confusing, frustrating main character who can’t help but throw herself at her supposed stalker (hooray! *the sarcasm is so real right now*)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I suppose Shatter Me could be Halloween-y. Just put yourself in Juliette’s shoes – having the power to kill someone with your touch? Flip, that would be a nightmare! Not to mention being put in the hands of a guy who is utterly obsessed with you (seriously Warner, why do you have to be such a creep in this book?)

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

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This book is weird. I’d say that out of all the books in this list, this might be the scariest (of course, not scary compared to proper horror or thriller novels). This book is weird. It’s got the darkest undertones, reading it, you will feel like everything is constantly dark and cloudy and gloomy. I suggest you all check this book out, if only for the weirdness and detached feeling it will give you!

“Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?” TELL ME THAT DOESN’T SEND A SLIGHT CHILL DOWN YOUR SPINE. I didn’t even read the blurb when I bought this book. (TIP: Always read the blurb. You never know when a book will surprise you by being a horror book in disguise. #paranoialevelsarehigh)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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I will never miss an opportunity to promote Patrick Ness’s work. This is a great read for all you scaredy cats (of course, why would I recommend you bad books?). It’s got a great amount of humor, action, mystery in a dystopian-style setting. Living in a world where there are no women and all men’s thoughts are visible and heard by all? Nightmarish, I say. And there’s a creepy religious dude in it too. Creepy religious dudes are scary… right?

The Walking Dead: Book One (Graphic Novel)

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Possibly the scariest of the entire bunch. It’s graphic (GET IT? GRAPHIC? GRAPHIC NOVEL? MWAHAHA…. I’m not funny) with blood and zombies. ZOMBIES. The epitome of Halloween! I may be biased due to my obsession for zombie apocalypses


Yay! Top Ten Tuesday is done and dusted! I hope you all enjoyed that. And for all of you bookworms who get a thrill out of horror and thrillers, I hope you had a great time giggling at us scaredy cats. No pity please! 

Are you a scaredy cat? Or do you enjoy horror and thriller novels?

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65 thoughts on “If You’re A Scared-y Cat Bookworm, Here Are Ten Halloween Reads For You! | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I’m not really a scaredy-cat compared to other people, but I don’t do well with horror haha so thanks for this list 😀 I love your sarcasm at Hush Hush XD The only book I (tried to) read on this list is Fallen, I couldn’t get through it though 😦 I do have The Knife of Never Letting Go waiting for me on my shelf (I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet)

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  2. I am a big scaredy cat, but I actually love reading really scary books regardless because I like the torture, I guess. Your recommendations are on point though, all of these are atmospheric and would make fantastic Halloween reads, especially A Monster Calls!

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  3. Hehe, I am the same kind of person as you, Josie. I can’t handle anything scary at all, and I pretty much run away from all thrillers and horror books! But there are so many books on this list that I plan to read. I’m hoping to read Chaos Walking sometime next month, and I also really want to read Shatter Me!!

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  4. What a cool list! I loveeeee the Chaos Walking Trilogy, I’m actually reading the third novel right now! It’s not scary in a ghosty way but it’s still a little gorey and filled with moments that give you chills, which is perfect for me! My TTT.

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    • Oh my gosh, I haven’t even read the second book yet! I’m still so busy with life that reading has been slow. I have the second book on my shelf though.
      It definitely is gorey and a little crazy!
      Thank you! xoxo

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  5. Great choices! I can’t wait to read a Monster Calls, it sounds amazing. And The Knife of Never Letting Go really calls out to me, I need it noooooooow! You’re so right about Warner in Shatter Me. He really is a creep, kind of, but well…I still love him hahaha! :p

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    • Thank you Marie! A Monster Calls is fantastic, I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. And The Knife of Never Letting Go will BLOW YOUR MIND!
      I think I’m starting to love him too! I’m going to read Unravel Me soon! 😀

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  6. love your blog your dessign is AMAZING! Have to agree didnt particularly like Hush, Hush, but i couldnt even finish Fallen it was so bad ;-; dean koontz is great for nice mysterious and SLIGHTLY creepy books because (like you) im a total scaredy cat too 😀

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  7. I like your theme 😀

    Confessions time: I still haven’t got around to Angelfall, I know I said I would on my trip, but I ended up reading a bunch of ARCs and that one is still sitting there 😦 But I will get to it, promise.

    Also, yes, I would hate to be on Juliette’s mind on the first book, I would be scared senseless.

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      • I know! I should have started it *retreats in shame*
        but i was sleepy and i wanted something light and that, so I started with the ARCs and I read a bunch of them in a row. But maybe (probably) it will be my next book. 😉

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  8. The covers on this list are all so Halloween appropriate. You’ve made me realise that I don’t think I have ever read any books about angels. I may have to do something about this. I am guessing Susan Ee might be the best starting point?

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    • Oh, SUCCESS! I’m glad they’re all Halloween-y! (Totally didn’t choose them with the covers in mind, at least, not ALL of them!)
      Oooh really?! Yes, the best place to start I think is Angelfall by Susan Ee. It’s fabulous and the way it portrays angels is fantastic! I am quite sure you’ll love it. 🙂

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  9. Great topic! I’m kind of creeped out over the scary covers I was looking through for my topic this week… I’m thinking maybe I should’ve went with something like this, LOL. But anyway. I totally agree with your picks here (well, the ones I’ve read, anyway). Angelfall and The Knife of Never Letting Go are both perfect. ❤

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  10. I hate being scared, I’m one of those people that don’t get into the holiday spirit and just read my usual books! I do have The Knife of Letting Go on my shelf and I’ve been meaning to read it, maybe I’ll pick it up this weekend!

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  11. I’m sooo glad you did a list for all the scared-y cats, this list is so for me! I haven’t had a chance to read any of the books on your list yet but I really have been wanting to read fallen. Out of all the angels stories which would you say is you favorite? My perpetual problem is that I want to read all the books, lol, #bookwormproblems. 🙈😊

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    • Definitely check them out! I’ve only read the first book/volume, but I think it was quite good. I would have loved it to be in full color rather than black and white.
      I’ll check out your Top Ten post immediately! 😀 Thank you for stopping by!

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