Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Spirit

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I love Halloween and the scary stories that come with it! Here are some of my favorite stories to get me into the Halloween mood.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: The cover of this book alone has got a creep factor to it, but the thing that draws me the most - the villain is a Jack the Ripper copy cat.  How much more information do you need to know that there will be some serious thrills in this book!

Edgar Allen Poe: This man always creeps me out, but I absolutely love it! Reading The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, or The Cask of Amontillado puts me the Halloween mood right away.  His ability to craft stories that are equally intriguing as they are eerie is wonderful.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: The fact that this book is a retelling of a true story gives me chills.  The story is told in an incredible fashion.

Agatha Christie:  Her murder mysteries get me every time!  I just really enjoy trying to figure out the mystery before we are told in the book.  Murders generally put me in a spooky mood.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling:  I think it's always appropriate to read Harry Potter, but this book in particular I think gets me into the Halloween spirit.  This one more so than the rest of the books has an emphasis on Halloween which great.  Not to mention the giant snake and spiders.

It's interesting because there are a lot of supernatural and fairy tale books on my to be read list that would probably put me in a great Halloween mood.  I just haven't gotten around to them yet!  It's the curse of the long TBR pile.  Examples:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
Sweetly by Jackson Pierce
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvator
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Sarah Grahame-Smith
Graveyard by Neil Gaiman
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor