October 23: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

I already did a post with Halloween suggested readings here, but I love lists and joining you all in Top Ten Tuesdays, so, here we go!

1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.– Quick, easy and eerie reading. Plus, there is a movie adaptation with the lovely Daniel Radcliff in case you’re feeling lazy.

2. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne.– The perfect short story for anyone looking for a mad-scientist story. You can download The Birthmark for free here.

3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.- This story is horror in itself and I can’t recommend it enough. Beware! Read it, here.

4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.– Not exactly a horror story, more a detective one but perfect for those who get easily scared.

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson.– This is what I would call modern horror: we are not scared of ghosts and haunted houses anymore. Social and political criticism mix in this novel with an unbelievable crime.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.- I love this novel for one simply reason: I was terrified while reading it and there wasn’t a moment when I knew what of.

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontΓ«.- This novel simply fits bad weather, perfect for dark, stormy evenings with a mug full of tea and a blanket. You can download it here.

8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.- I read this some years ago and all I can remember is: old house, mist, The Woman in White and an old, blind lady. Could it bet more spooky?

9. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W Jacobs.- Another short story, I read it when I saw a movie slightly based on it. It questions fate and whether human beings should interfere with nature. You can read it here.

10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.– I am a huge fan of Conan Doyle, in fact, I consider him my first teacher: stop and observe the details could be said to be my motto! In this novella, Sherlock Holmes travels to the English moors in search for a hound who seems to be attacking the members of a well-known family. You should already be scared by me mentioning the moors. Read it here.

14 thoughts on “October 23: Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

  1. Rebecca is one of my all-time favorites. A librarian urged me to read it when I was in high school and since then, I’ve revisited it many times. It continues to thrill.

  2. Oh, yes, the Hound of the Baskervilles, one of my fav Sherlock Holmes stories is definitely a Halloween read. The girl with the dragon tattoo is on my TBR pile, maybe I should start reading soon.

  3. Great list Elena! I almost placed The Thirteenth Tale on my list but then didn’t for some reason; then again I do need to re-read that book at some point because it’s been so long and I don’t remember anything from it anymore *blushes*

    1. I think it makes a good light reading, but nothing more than that. I actually checked the author and she hasn’t published anything in 6 years.

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