Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Was Scared to Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Halloween Freebie!This week, my choice is Ten Books I Was Scared to Read.

I probably to need to explain a little more about my topic choice. I don’t do scary, so these are books I was scared to read for reasons other than being scary.


1. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

I’ve read several of Amy Harmon’s books. I’m always hesitant to start one because I know it will be an emotional journey. For some reason, The Law of Moses has scared me the most. I had to pick it as a book group read to make myself start it. That’s really sad because Amy Harmon is an amazing author.

2. Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott

Sugar & Gold sat on my NetGalley shelf for months before I picked it up because I was scared it was going to wreck me like Scott’s Full Tilt duet. I also was a little scared of the “paranormal” stuff that was included. I don’t normally do paranormal.

3. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

My friend picked See What I Have Done as one of our book club picks. I didn’t know much about Lizzie Borden, but the whole ax-murderer thing freaked me out. I wasn’t sure how descriptive it was going to be.

4. Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

I was scared to read Marrow for all sorts of reasons. First, I had read Mud Vein prior and it was a stressful read. Second, I read something where Tarryn Fisher had mentioned she wrote this book after watching a video where a child had been beaten. That freaked me out. Third, it’s written by Tarryn Fisher. Her books are always deeper and darker than I’m prepared for.

5. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

I wasn’t so much worried about the emotional impact of A Different Blue as I was with other Amy Harmon books. What scared me about reading it was that it has a friendship/relationship between a student and a teacher. Those aren’t my favorite.

6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I was definitely scared to read The Lovely Bones. I wasn’t sure how I would handle the murder of a teenager. The fact that it was narrated by her also creeped me out a bit.

7. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Another book club book. Stillhouse Lake scared me because I wasn’t sure how descriptive the whole serial killer thing was going to be. Plus, I knew what a great writer Rachel Caine was. I knew she could write a scary story.

8. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

I guess my book group really pushes me because this was another one they chose. I was intimidated by this one because anything set during WWII in the concentration camps is emotional and scary.

9. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman & Jeff

If you know me, you know I don’t do Sci-Fi. I especially don’t do space travel stuff. This book is all about space and AI. I knew the format was super cool, so I had to give it a try. That didn’t make me any less hesitant to start it.

10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows because of the hype monster surrounding it. If it hadn’t been well loved by just about everyone, I wouldn’t have picked it up. I don’t normally like fantasy. I have to admit I was a little scared I wouldn’t like it.


Even though all these books put some fear in me, I’m so happy I read them. I loved them. I guess it’s good to face your (book) fears!

The Halloween Book Tag

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Happy Halloween! I saw The Halloween Book Tag over on The Cyborg Knight and thought it sounded like the perfect post for today. The Cyborg Knight borrowed it from The Bookie Monster.


Favorite horror book?

I don’t really like horror books, so I’m going with my favorite “horror” book from my childhood. Christopher Pike’s Remember Me was my favorite book for a long time.

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I couldn’t think of the scariest moment I’ve read in a book, but Those Girls by Chevy Stevens had a ton of intense moments that stressed me out.

Would you or have you ever get dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

Sure! Why not? I haven’t done it before. One of the evil parents from Disney’s Descendants would be fun! Maybe next year my daughter can be Mal and I could be Maleficent. Or we could be Evie and the Evil Queen.

What do you think your favorite character would dress up as for Halloween?

I’m not sure what Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden would dress up like for Halloween. Maybe a sunshine, rainbow or unicorn? She’s always looking on the bright side, so something super happy would be my best guess.

What is your favorite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)

I love me a good psychological thriller! I love twists and turns and being shocked. My favorite right now is the Nine Minutes series by Beth Flynn. (Ha! I worked it into a tag again! I have a goal to include it in every tag this year so more people read it!)

If books were as cheap as candy, which ones would you give out to trick-or-treaters?

There are so many books I would love to give out that would not be appropriate for trick-or-treat aged kids. I’m picking J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for this. They’ll probably all be disappointed because they’ve probably all read it already.

Halloween to-read list / Recommend some reads!


I hope you have a boo-tiful Halloween and get to eat a ton of candy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween themed freebie , so I’m going with Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires.


1.  The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

2. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

3. Rooms by Lauren Oliver

4. The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Witching Savannah Series by J.D. Horn

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

7. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

8. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

9. The Harper Connelly Series

10. The Caster Chronicles by Cami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined — Wait! What?!?!

 Has anyone else seen this yet? It came out TODAY! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It sounds like so much fun to read! C’mon closeted Twilight Saga fans, you know you’re going to read it. I really want to! (Hint, hint to my lovely sister. It would make a great birthday present.) I only wish it wasn’t like $13!

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.