Top Ten Tuesday Forty Two – Top Ten Spooky (But Not Scary) Reads Perfect For Halloween

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

As Halloween, the spookiest night of the year, is now only one day away, today I am going to be sharing some of favourite spooky, but not scary, books perfect for this time of year.  Although I do love a good horror, I thought that for this list I would instead focus on recommending some books to get you in the Halloween spirit without keeping you up all night.

So here are eight spooky, but not scary, books perfect for Halloween!


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This beautiful novel filled with magic and deception around every corner is almost guaranteed to get you into the Halloween mood without scaring you senseless.  It is so gorgeously written with an atmosphere to get lost in and a world you will quickly lose yourself within.

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All of Maggie Stiefvater’s books are perfect for this time of year and for Halloween, with this underrated story about a deadly race and water horses one that is certain to wrap you up in its gorgeous autumnal atmosphere.  Not only is it mysterious and spooky, but now is also the perfect time to read this book, as the Scorpio Races themselves take place every year at the start of November.

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If you have yet to read this Halloween classic, then I highly recommend changing that this year, as this story of monsters, humanity and isolation is a must read.  Not only is it guaranteed to fill you with even a little bit of fear, but its Gothic roots and supernatural elements are perfect for diving into this season.

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This historical mystery instantly draws you in with to its world of the unknown as our main character Max begins to uncover the terrifying story of the Prince of Mist.  Strange going-ons combine with Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s gorgeously rich writing to wrap you up in this eerie tale perfect to read on dark and stormy night.

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If thrillers are more your thing, then this story of privilege, blood sports and mystery is certain to leave you on the edge of your seat this Halloween.  This book truly does leave you in suspense till the very last page, making you question every minor detail right up until the final twist that is sure to stick with you long after you close the book.

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This middle grade following Cassidy Blake, daughter of ghost hunters who can actually see ghosts has all of the elements of a good Halloween read.  From Victoria Schwab’s rich writing style to the many myths and legends that are interwoven into this story, everything about this spooky read demands for it to be read during this time of year.


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Another classic here that, despite already mentioning last week, I couldn’t not include on this list as well, as it is a Gothic story of villainy and the supernatural made for this time of year.  It is a beautifully dark and corrupt tale of morality and sin that, combined with Wilde’s gorgeous prose, will entice you with its story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth, with terrifying consequences.

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Another thriller, another murder, and another book I highly recommend picking up this Halloween!  Like STAGS, this book truly does keep you guessing till the very end, as the case of Elise’s murder is slowly unravelled in front of you in this dark tale of friendship, youth and a holiday that ends in tragedy.


What books do you recommend reading this Halloween?  Are you a fan of scary books?  Do you agree with my choices?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?



8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Forty Two – Top Ten Spooky (But Not Scary) Reads Perfect For Halloween

  1. Wonderful list! The Night Circus is such a magical and atmospheric read, perfect for Halloween. I haven’t read The Scorpio Races, but I adore Stiefvater’s writing so I’m so excited to. I’ll definitley try to get to it in November!


  2. Gorgeous photos!! I recently got The Night Circus from my library! Can’t wait to read it ~

    I definitely need to read The Picture of Dorian Gray and other Oscar Wilde works.

    Happy Halloween 🎃


    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy the Night Circus – its such an atmospheric and magic read! I also need to read more of Oscar Wilde’s work, as despite my love for The Picture of Dorian Grey, it is the only one I have read.
      Happy Halloween!


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