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Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie: 10 newer Halloween-appropriate books I’ll likely never read


Aside from chocolate and unique costumes, there’s not much about Halloween that appeals to me–sorry. I do not like being scared, frightened, uncomfortable, creeped out or anything similar. I just do not enjoy it. If it helps, the same goes for Game of Thrones episodes, slasher movies, Jason movies, movies with killing or rape or forced sex or….. I can watch military movies but that’s it. I’m not really interested in magic beyond the Vegas style magicians performances or Harry Potter.

So, my top ten today is of books I’ve heard or read about but will likely never read.


I admit, suffragette is a word that teases me into maybe reading the sample of this one, but I doubt I’d finish it. We’ll let it seep in my brain as a maybe.

From Amazon: In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be. Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.


A “history” is more to my liking, but not being terribly interested in witches in general, I’ll probably pass. The Witch: A History Fear From Ancient Times to the Present by Ronald Hutton.


A new witch chick-lit might hold my interest. And, this one has a talking cat. Witch with talking cat has been done before, right? I thought so. But, not with dating apps! Nascent Witch: A Novel by Melissa Bobe.


Not even with a beautiful black cat on the cover! Stephen King is someone I admire as a reader but the only one of his novels I’ve read is The Long Walk–which he wrote under a different name. If It Bleeds by Stephen King.


“Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this ’90s-set horror novel about a women’s book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderinos and fans of Stephen King.” (Amazon) Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the only book here I’ve planned to read. It came in for me at the library when I couldn’t get to it though.  “An inspired mash-up of Jane Eyre, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Dracula, Rebecca and that 1958 classic sci-fi movie, The Blob . . . Inventive and smart, [Mexican Gothic is] injecting the Gothic formula with some fresh blood.”NPR’s Fresh Air


[The Book of Hidden Things] has elements of fantasy, and has been described as such, but it also veers into moments of real horror. In many ways, this book reads like a mystery or a crime thriller. It’s also a book about adulthood, or, rather, about the disappointments of adulthood or what I like to call “life’s ultimate despair.” But really, this is a book about friendship …The story is captivating and I found myself rushing towards the book’s conclusion… What’s especially thrilling is this sense of dread pervading in the every day, something hidden behind the natural.” -Chicago Review of Book. The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri order from an Indie here.

“A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.” (Amazon). The Year of the Witching: A Novel by Alexis Henderson.

How about creepy Oprah-recommended short stories? Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror

Probably because I won’t watch creepy movies I missed the defining moment in our culture in which clows became terrifying. I’m not big on being lost in a cornfield, either. Especially not if I have to wait till dark and pay for the privilege. Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare.

For the kids who may not get to trick-or-treat this year!

This one looks totally fun! There’s a Christmas version, too! Weird but True! Halloween by Julie Beer.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie: 10 newer Halloween-appropriate books I’ll likely never read

  1. I don’t really read much horror either, and I don’t really like anything gory in films/TV. And I definitely wouldn’t watch a horror film. But I don’t mind when books have a spooky atmosphere.

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  2. I’m right with you!!! (As you can tell my my post today!) I feel like such an outlier this time of year…..reading all the reviews is almost too much sometimes! I think knowing what you like and don’t like leads to a more satisfying reading life! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I can’t *watch* much of what you describe but I can definitely read plenty of horror! I guess I feel more in control of my own imagination in a book? I don’t know. I would read pretty much anything on this list (and have read The Southern Book Club book) but Clown in a Cornfield looks too scary even for me! I’m very excited to get my hands on Mexican Gothic but I’m on a very long wait list at the library for that one.


  4. I don’t read (or watch) much actual horror, but I do like mysteries, Gothic novels and books with a slightly spooky atmosphere. There are a few on your list that I would be interested in reading, particularly The Once and Future Witches, but I think some of them would be too scary for me!


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