Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky books!

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! And, more importantly, Happy Halloween!  Today’s theme is a Halloween freebie, so I’ve decided to go with ten spooky books to get you into the Halloween spirit.  I haven’t read some of these, so I’ll need to add them to next year’s Halloween TBR.

🎃 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
🎃 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
🎃 Dracula by Bram Stoker

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🎃 There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
🎃 The Diviners by Libba Bray

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🎃 In the Blood by Lisa Unger
🎃 Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

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🎃 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
🎃 Coraline by Neil Gaiman

🎃 Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

What are your favorite spooky books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved more than I expected

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  I actually forgot to post this last week, and I even had everything all ready to go!  Luckily for me, this week is a TTT hiatus, so I have another chance to post it.

Anyway, this topic is all about books that I loved more than I thought I would.  There was an option to do books that I disliked, but I figured I’ve talked about those enough!  I tried to go back in time since I feel like I’m always raving about the same few books.  I went way back to 2013 for this one, so I hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to send me any books that you’ve enjoyed more than expected and I’ll add them to my TBR!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I have a documented problem with bestsellers.

Margot by Jillian Cantor: Historical fiction about the Holocaust, however important it may be, is not my favorite topic.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger: I don’t read a lot of thrillers and I really like kids, so I don’t generally enjoy books about creepy children.

Stiff by BB Hamel: This was the first stepbrother romance I ever read and I honestly did not expect to like it even one bit.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan: If I’m honest, I don’t generally love memoirs. Especially memoirs from people I’ve never even heard of before. But this was surprisingly good and it read like fiction, which helped a lot.

Marie Antoinette’s Head by Will Bashor: Although I was a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s film about her life, Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser does not top my list of interests.

Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin: I really just requested this book for kicks, but even though I went to thirteen years of Catholic school and have never thought of a priest sexually before, this book was HOT!

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane: As a rule, I’m generally skeptical of anything from Kindle First, but this book was honestly really great.

Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman: I only read this book because I needed something published in 1990 for 2015’s reading challenge and it was enchanting.

The Void Series by Peter F. Hamilton: I don’t read a lot of epic fantasy – like the real kind that spans universes and millennia – but Hamilton is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors and I can clearly see why.

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Let’s get one thing out of the way here. I don’t read a lot of thrillers. I don’t like being scared, I don’t like creepy things, and I definitely don’t like waking up in the middle of the night feeling like some disturbed child is plotting to kill me. But I set all of that aside because of the good ratings and general buzz surrounding In the Blood. And am I ever glad I did.

In the Blood tells the story of Lana Granger, a psychology student at a small college in New York. Lana is struggling to overcome a difficult past and the media circus that surrounded it – her father is on death row, accused of murdering her mother and hiding the body. Her grandfather – her mother’s father – was also a convicted murderer. Despite all of this, she was taken care of – sent to live with her loving aunt, with all of her parents’ money set aside in a trust fund for her, accessible whenever she needed it. Accessible, that is, until her lawyer tells her that the conditions of her trust fund stipulate that she must find a job. Excited by the prospect of earning her own money, with no strings attached, she takes on a job babysitting a troubled young boy.

Luke has been expelled from multiple schools for his violent outbursts and manipulative ways. He now attends a school especially for the emotionally troubled, but it’s not helping. Some say he’s beyond help. His single mother, Rachel, is exhausted because Luke demands 110% of her energy, and Luke’s father is mysteriously absent, seemingly unable to handle the nature of his child. Rachel is happy to see that Lana and Luke seem to share a special connection. His outbursts, his rages, are few and far between when she babysits him.

Then Lana’s friend Beck disappears, just as her friend Elizabeth did years before. Lana was the last person Beck was seen talking to. Was she involved? Does murder run through her blood? Luke seems to know so much about the case, even with his limited access to the internet and his very controlled school environment – is he somehow involved as well?

Lisa Unger pulled me into the Lana’s world so quickly and so forcefully that I read the book in just a few short hours on a Sunday afternoon. Unger throws twist after twist after turn at the reader to keep the pages turning. Because there are so many twists, I’m going to cut my review short and just say that if you’re interested in thrillers, if you like mysteries, if you go for a general creepy ambiance, then this book is for you. Even if you’re like me and you usually wouldn’t touch anything creepy with a ten foot pole, you’ll probably still like this book.

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