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Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats (like me)

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: Halloween Freebie

So since this is a freebie I decided to make my topic: „Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats (like me)“ because I get scared easily and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. 😛 So if you want to read spooky reads that are easy to digest and don’t leave you staring into the dark with your eyes wide open these ten books might be the right thing for you!

1.) Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

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I loved this series so much and I think everyone should read it! The storyline and concept of the ghosts is just great and the Lockwood & Co. crew is amazing! I loved to be a part of those „ghost hunters“ and George will always be my favourite character! ❤ Just think the early episodes of „Supernatural“ but a lot less creepy! Then you might know what you’re getting yourself into. 😉 (Psst! This is middle grade but being the scaredy fox that I am, I mostly read those books during the day. *lol*)
 

2.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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This is a book that gave me real „Supernatural“ vibes and I loved it! I mean we have an old Victorian house that’s haunted by a ghost named „Anna“ and we have Cas Lowood who makes sure the ghosts he comes across are sent where they belong. Anna’s story was so intriguing and boy did she leave a trail of blood. *lol* Not to mention that she’s one hell of a sight with her white dress all drenched in red blood. XD  I really enjoyed this and Cas is such a sweet character you couldn’t help but root for him. 😀 
 

3.) The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L. Ferrara

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If you’re looking for a sweet m/m ghost/human romance that’s slightly creepy and involves a mystery that needs to be solved: Search no more! This is your book! =) I really loved this one and the author did such a great job at combining the LGBTQ+ element with a spooky story. Rupert and Aaron are too precious and I loved their respectful relationship. Also this book has parents that actually care about their child’s wellbeing and are an active part of the story!! (which is pretty rare in YA) Also I never read a ghost story that made me cry, but that one… well keep your tissues at hand, that’s all I’ll say! ;-P
 

4.) The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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I just finished this and it was perfect! If you love dark fairy tales this is the right book for you! „The Language of Thorns“ features 6 short stories that all play in the Grishaverse and I enjoyed every single one of them. My favourites were „The Too-Clever Fox“ and „The Witch of Duva“ because they were especially dark and creepy! If you want to take a closer look at my full review you can do it here!
 

5.) The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

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Are you looking for a Frankenstein retelling? Great, because this is one, but it’s also so much more than that! 😉 The two MCs, Elizabeth and Victor were quite something and their relationship? Puh, how to put it into words? It was… destructive and noxious? *lol* But mostly it was really fascinating! I swear their dynamic was more than just intriguing! Mix it with gory details and add a few creepy scenes and you have the perfect spooky entertainment for Halloween! XD
 

6.) City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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This was my first Victoria Schwab book and I’ve become a huge fan ever since I read it! I just loved the atmosphere in this! Edinburgh sounded really interesting and I’m sure I’ll travel there one day! I mean just to see „Mary King’s Close“ would be awesome and since I’m such a history geek to explore the city would be fun! Anyway! Back on track! This is a middle grade book so the plot was pretty predictable, this however didn’t diminish my enjoyment. Cassidy and her best friend Jacob (who happens to be a ghost) were a really nice duo and I adored them and their friendship! ❤ I can’t wait to read the second book!

 

 

7.) Deadmarsh Fey by Melika Dannese Hick

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Now that’s a book that kind of blew my mind! I swear the atmosphere of the old big house, the marsh around it, the fog that was seemingly omnipresent pushing against the windows of the house, the creepy fae that lurked at every corner! It was amazing! ❤ This is one of those super long books that’s very well-thought out and detailed! If you love books like that and are a fan of stories that stick to the original fey legends I’m convinced you’ll be a happy camper! 😀
 

8.) Krabat by Otfried Preussler

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So this is a book from a German author I had to read when I went to school. And tell you what: It was one of the really good ones! I loved to read about Krabat’s apprenticeship and the dark atmosphere of the mill he works at was great. Strange things happen at night and the miller isn’t who he seems to be! „Krabat“ is mysterious, gloomy, haunting and yes, at times even kind of twisted. XD And it’s a real classic of German literature! What’s not to love?
 

9.) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Want to get your mind into a knot?! Well, this one is the perfect pick! *lol* I had so much fun solving this puzzle and to collect all those breadcrumbs was quite an adventure! This was my first Agatha Christie but definitely not my last! 😉 I recently saw the movie on Netflix and I think they did a great job so I can totally recommend it if you want to follow up the book with a movie. 😉
 

10.) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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I just finished this book at the weekend and this was… brilliant!!! I rarely read a debut that was as amazing as this one and if every book Turton writes is as good as „The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle“ I’ll become one of his most enthusiastic fans! I LOVED Blackheath and the countless clues and hints that were left througout the entire book! This was one hell of a puzzle and I almost… almost got it all right! *lol* This was a mystery that bent my mind like a pretzel and I regret NOTHING! ❤ 
 
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So what about you? Did you read any of the books I recommended and if yes did you enjoy them? Are you a scaredy cat too? Do you have any Halloween recs for me? What are you up to this Halloween!? Do you have a costume?! 

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always: Stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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28 Gedanken zu „Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats (like me)“

  1. Ooooh I love these suggestions! You’ve compiled a great list, and I’ve only read The Language of Thorns (so far). But you’ve listed a bunch of authors I’ve read other books by and enjoyed, so I am just going to have to expand my TBR yet again!

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    1. „City of Ghosts“ was a really nice book. I loved to explore the city with the MC and the friendship softened a lot of the creepiness. *lol* „Murder on the Orient Express“ was my fist Agatha Christie and it was really great! I’m looking forward to read even more of her books because I love to solve puzzles. *lol* Thank you!

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  2. I loved The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! You should definitely check out his new book The Devil and the Dark Water. The Ghost of Buxton Manor will definitely be added to my TBR pile!

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    1. Ohh! I’ll make sure to read his next book! The title already sounds intriguing! 😀
      „The Ghost of Buxton Manor“ was one of those rare books that is a curious mixture of spooky, mysterious and sweet. Ferrara wrote a Frankenstein retelling too and I’m really curious how this one is going to be. I might pick it up sometimes soon.

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  3. Scaredy-cat readers unite! I feel so alone this time of year, haha, so it’s nice to find others who aren’t fans of all the horror. I believe I’ve heard of Lockwood & Co., but I know nothing about it. I’ll have to look more into that one. It definitely seems like something I’d enjoy. I do have The Language of Thorns and City of Ghosts both on my TBR, though. No idea when I’ll get to either of them.

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    1. Yes!! I’m all for it! *lol* I always feel lonely too, because everyone reads thrillers and super scary horror books and I’m like: I can’t read it. *shudders* „Lockwood & Co.“ is such a great series! It has good characters, nice humour and an amazing world to dive into. Plus it’s scary but not all too much. 🙂 The other two books were pretty awesome too! Whenever you dive into them, I hope you’ll enjoy them too. XD

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  4. Great list. I’m like you, I don’t really read the horror genre. The ones on my list for TTT are like some of the only books I’ve read even within that realm. I read Anna Dressed in Blood ages ago…it was very different but I never actually finished the series 😬. Like I liked it but I wasn’t really getting a full push to read the rest of the series. So it never happened lol. Thanks for sharing! 😊

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I used to read a lot of horror when I was a teen but the older I get the less I can read it. *lol I dunno why! „Anna Dressed in Blood“ was great, but the sequel didn’t persuade me. I read it and it definitely wasn’t as good as the first book so yeah. I think you won’t miss out on anything by not reading it. XD

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      1. That’s good to know. 😊 I was just kinda thinking maybe I needed to read it again but I have so many books that are demanding my time lol. So I feel better knowing I’m not really missing out on anything lol

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  5. This is a GREAT list idea because I, too, am a scaredy cat and don’t like spooky books. Great idea! I’ve only read a couple of these, so this list will come in handy whenever I feel like reading something spooky.

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