Good morning everybody! OMG I’ve been up since 6:30 am – weird for me on my days off, but that’s when the honeyman gets up for his new job and so (being the nice girlfriend that I am) I got up to make breakfast and such. Therefore it’s only a little after 9 and I’m already tired – made breakfast, did dishes, went grocery shopping, cleaned up the house. ANYWAYS despite my being sleepy again, this Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish should be easy – this week’s topic is Top Ten Books To Read Around Halloween! However… this is kind of the same topic as last year around Halloween, so I’m going to TRY not to repeat.
1. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – Are they great writing? No. Is the True Blood TV series better? In my opinion, yes. But that doesn’t mean the books don’t make for some fun, quick reads full of vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, maenads, and who knows what else.
2. Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson – Conditioned as I am by years of school, I equate autumn with Native Americans. So if you’re in the mood for some romance but still want that autumn feel, try this. It was FANTASTIC, definitely one of my favorite romance novels. (Of course, autumn doesn’t really equal Halloween, but whatever.)
3. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen – Because the main character eats a lot of candy and sweets. And because it’s a really cute book with a surprisingly dark twist.
4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – In the words of the book itself, it has “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” – How could you go wrong? (Watching the movie is also acceptable, because it’s just as good without all of the random author-butting-into-the-story that Goldman does.)
5. The Postmortal by Drew Magary – If dystopia is your kind of scary, then this might be good for your Halloween read. I’m reading it now and really enjoying it - basically someone found the “Cure” for age, and theoretically people could now lives for hundreds or thousands of years assuming they don’t die from violence, diseases, etc. It’s really interesting so far.
6. Comics – Because you know… people like to dress up as superheroes for Halloween. Sadly, as much as I LOVE superhero movies (X-Men movies are my JAM), I haven’t ever really delved into the comics and therefore don’t know the true stories. I really need to rectify that some day. However I do know enough to say that I am a total Marvel girl, DC sucks.
7. On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony – I didn’t love this book, but it fits the Halloween thing kind of. A guy accidentally kills Death and therefore becomes Death himself. Antics and problems ensue.
8. Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko – Again, didn’t love it. But the fantasy world created is really interesting – there’s good guys and bad guys and big epic struggles for power and such. Plus it’s in Russia, so it has that gloomy feel to it.
9. Perfect Fudge by Hazel M. Larsen – I actually really, really liked this book! There’s kidnapping and people that claim to be angels and cool stuff like that.
10. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – OK I actually started reading this but haven’t finished it yet because I got distracted by other things. Plus I was reading it while I was sick and part of me is associating it with feeling crappy. But it did have a great spooky, pirate-y feel to it! Stevenson is actually great at creating a whole mood for a book. (Again, watching a movie is acceptable since I haven’t finished the book yet, but do remember totally loving Muppet Treasure Island.)
Holy crap I did it! I came up with ten books and didn’t repeat at all from last year’s list! Granted, some of them are a bit of a stretch but you’re not gonna tell anyone, right? I really need to read more spooky books before next year…