Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Scary Books I Recommend to Jumpy People


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Scary Books I Recommend to Jumpy People


I am not a huge scary book fan because I am really jumpy, and they can definitely make me have bad dreams, but these are ten scary books I’ve enjoyed recently and can recommend because the awesomeness of the story outweighs the side effects of the jumpiness.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood

Now, I won’t lie. This one is pretty darn scary, but Anna is a fascinating character.

2. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Rick Yancey’s story mixes fantastical science with treacherous monsters to make a truly smart horror story.

3. Doll Bones by Holly Black


Yes, this doll is super creepy!

4. The Haunting of Derek Stone: City of the Dead by Tony Abbott


I read Derek’s story years ago, but it hasn’t left me yet.

5. and 6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

in-the-shadow-of-blackbirds cure for dreaming

Cat Winters has a way of writing magic realism with a touch of suspense and a dash of creepy. But it all mixes up into stories you won’t be able to put down.

*These are not sequels*

7. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

this dark endeavor

How did Dr. Frankenstein become the mad scientist we all know? Read to find out.

8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman


After reading, you will never hope to have a different family!

9. Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon Sciezska


A collection of spooky stories ranging from humor to horror.

10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

a monster calls

Not a traditional horror story, but instead is a fantastical story filled with pain and fear and love.

Which scary books would you recommend?


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Scary Books I Recommend to Jumpy People”

  1. I really enjoyed Kenneth Oppel’s Frankenstein books – they’re so action-packed and really gripping, definitely great books for young readers who think books are boring!

  2. Oh, I LOVED Doll Bones!! I read it last fall and really enjoyed it – perfect level of creepiness!

    I haven’t read any of the others on your list, but they all look good! For spooky but not too scary, I love to recommend The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (I haven’t read Coraline yet), and I love all of Rachel Ward’s YA novels and all of Lisa McMann’s, too – they are my 2 favorite authors for supernatural creepiness. In fact, I just finished The Drowning by Rachel Ward for my Halloween read!


    Book By Book


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