Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Halloween Books I Want to Read


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have given us a Halloween-themed freebie.

I chose this opportunity to list the books I am reading this month for Halloween in the mystery, thriller, or horror genre. I will also include other books that I have on my TBR list that will serve as a reminder for when I am scrambling around for books to read next Halloween.


Here we go:

  1. Before I go to Sleep by S.J.Watson – I read this book last week while traveling to Chennai. It made the perfect travel read, but it wasn’t particularly horrifying or thrilling. Unfortunately.
  2. Drood by Dan Simmons – I am currently in the middle of this one. It’s a sort of spooky ghost story featuring Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins hunting down a murderous being that may or may not be super-natural in nature. I can’t say much more than that because I haven’t got further than that. However, it is pretty spooky and gory. Here’s a teaser.
  3. Christine by Stephen King – No Halloween can be complete without a Stephen King mention.
  4. The Shining by Stephen King – Another of his books I’ve long been meaning to read. I will probably keep this for next year though as I don’t really want to do SK novels back to back.
  5. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – This is a gothic ghost story by Sarah Waters. It made into the Man Booker shortlist (in 2009 I think), and I am just itching to get to this one.
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  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – This is classic horror. It’s been on my Classics Club reading list for ages, but again I doubt I”ll be able to get to this one this year.
  8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – Ditto, same as above. I am a little conflicted as to which of her two books I should read first. What I do know is I am definitely going to read both of them.
  9. Ghost Story by Peter Straub – I have never read any of his books, but he seems to be one of the more popular horror writers out there, and I think this pick might scare the wits off me.
  10. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – The movie is one of my all-time favorites, and I need to get to the book it is based on someday.
  11. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson – During my teen years, I went on a horror binge for a long time until my grandma concerned with how my psyche might be getting affected banned me from reading them. I was forced to return my copy of this book to the library unread, and I totally forgot about it. Until I started compiling this list. Back on my TBR list it goes.

    Are you reading any mystery, thriller, or horror for Halloween? Which books would you recommend I try?

  • Excellent choices, and if you haven’t yet read Helen Oyeyemi’s White Is for Witching, I’d add that to your list! Very spooky, very strange and wonderful.

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus Just the title sounds so intriguing. Definitely adding that to the list. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’ll be interested to hear what you think of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, I’ve just read ‘The Stepford Wives’ and think Ira Levin is wonderful!

    • Nishita

      @shoshiishhorowicz:disqus Oh, I didn’t know he wrote Stepford Wives as well. I just checked his wiki, he’s written lots of books. Oh, and there’s a Son of Rosemary too. So many books of his to try out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dawn

    Wonderful list ๐Ÿ™‚

    And i love all your reasonings behind why the books are on your list

    My TTT:

  • Lauren

    The Little Stranger is one of my favorites! I hope you’ll like it!

    Check out my TTT and my Halloween Giveaway.


    I watched Amytyville the movie and it was very creepy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also I absolutely love the template you have for your blog.


    Here’s mine I hope you check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

    • Nishita

      @@christinedanielle:disqus I so badly want to watch the movie too. Really scary huh!

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    You need to read Drood – it’s really good. I liked Rosemary’s Baby, too, when I read it years ago.

    • Nishita

      @bermudaonion_kathy:disqus It’s a bit slow, but getting really spooky now. I am really starting to enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel

    I had no idea Rosemary’s Baby was a book. The movie is so scary so I suspect the book might be for me too. Great picks Nishita! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Tuesday!

    My TTT-

    • Nishita

      @disqus_eMp0RzstZk:disqus That movie scared me to bits.

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