This is a pretty dismal Top Ten from me, but I hope you enjoy my top ten for books to get into the spirit of Halloween- none of them are particularly halloweeny (which is a word, I'll have you know.) but they're a little spooky and I would definitely recommend them in this spookifyed (another word- honest.) time of year. Enjoy!
1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
I read Coraline earlier this year and, though it is quite a terrifying novel, it is equally fantastic, with enough spook to get it to the top of my list. Trust me, you'll want the one with illustrations.
2. Horseradish- Bitter truths you can't avoid by Lemony Snicket.
Isn't it a truth universally acknowledged that around Halloween people want to read a tonne of bitter truths? Thought so.
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secets by J.K. Rowling.
It didn't find it's way into the movie, but those who've read the book know it's got a fantastic Halloween party, which was my favourite part of the second book; the first book also has a really great Halloween scene, that involves trolls.
4. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.
This is such a dream-like and spooky novel that I couldn't miss it off this list. It's got creepy beings we wouldn't recognise if we saw them in front of us, a diving suit that can walk about without anyone inside it, and an umbrella army.
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
Unfortunate events. Enough said.
6. Jane by April Linder.
A retelling of Jane Eyre, this is a really beautiful book with one or two scenes thar are fairly nerve wracking and generally creeeepppyyyy....
7. Reckless by Cornelia Funke.
This is such a beautiful novel with abeautiful as heck covers and an amazing storyline, but it's not without is scare factor- anyone met the Tailor before? He has needles and scissors on his hands instead of fingers and makes his clothes out of human.... skin.
8. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.
Though I didn't make it to book 2 in the series, this book I did really enjoy.
9. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.
Murder. Murder. Murder. Murder.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
C'mon, it's narrated by Death, surely that's enough?
Happy top ten!