Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween Recs

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Peculiar Children series
  2. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys
  3. Through the Woods
  4. The Graveyard Book
  5. Rooms


I absolutely love Halloween and the past few years I’ve tried to expand my reading genres by slipping in a few creepy or scary reads for the holiday season. It’s not my go to type of book but here are a few that I’ve adored.

First up is the Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. The haunting photographs that accompany the story bring such an ethereal presence to the narrative. There’s time travel, history, monsters, and thrilling adventure with life and death on the line. I can’t wait to read Library of Souls and finish up this phenomenal series.

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys is a young adult anthology of short stories compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke from the likes of Leigh Bardugo and Jay Kristoff. Each story is inspired by classic works of literature, film, and television and its fun to see how it all comes together. I like this format for the scary and creepy since that’s about all I can handle.

Next up is Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. This stunning graphic novel contains five stories drawn to such utter perfection. It’s the right amount of creepy, scary, and extremely horrifying and yet so strangely beautiful to look at. It may haunt your dreams but it was worth it.

I picked The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for this list but honestly all of his books can sit alongside it. His work just has a unique quality that makes them amazing and strange at the same time. This one is set in a graveyard for goodness sakes. Of course it needs to sit on the Halloween list.

Lauren Oliver’s Rooms was a book I read last year during this season and really enjoyed it. It’s not scary or even creepy but it is about ghosts and what more could you ask for. It was a really interesting story and very different from her young adult books that I’ve read.

That’s my Top 5 Halloween Recs! Let me know some of your favorite Halloween reads and check back next week for another Top 5 Wednesday!


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