#TopTenTuesday: Spooky Books That Piqued My Curiosity

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: Halloween Freebie

I’m quite the chicken when it comes to horror and other spooky ghosty supernatural things, so it’s really no surprise that I’m not all that fussed with the spooky season. I tend to stay away from the majority of spooky/horror books but there are a few I keep seeing since last year that piqued my curiosity. Pretty much all of these are very hyped and they’re a good mix of MG, YA and Adult. I’m curious enough that I’ve even added quite a few of these to my TBR so only time will tell if I ever decide to pick any of these up! 😂


This series by Katherine Arden is one that I’ve seen around for a while now and honestly, I love these covers so much and they’re 99% of the appeal for me? 😂 They sound pretty spooky but I’m also very curious because they’re so hyped and such well-loved stories!

City of Ghosts

They’re here.
They’re watching.

Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.
When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.

But when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.


Rae’s father vanished without a trace—and Rae knows what happened to him. But no one believes her when she says that her father didn’t run off, that he was actually taken. Now, a year of therapy later, Rae’s mother decides they need a fresh start, and so they move to a new town in the hope that life can return to normal.

The problem is, there is nothing normal about the town of Whispering Pines.
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Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts.
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Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response.
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Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom with bleeding wrists that mutters of revenge. Read more…


After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. Read more…


Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland.
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Do you enjoy spooky books or are you a total chicken like me? What spooky titles have piqued your interest? Have you read any of these or are they on your TBR?

25 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: Spooky Books That Piqued My Curiosity

  1. I really want to read Scritch Scratch, the Small Spaces series, and NOS4A2 (I read and loved his book Horns). I also want to read Mexican Gothic, but i own that one! I recommend City of Ghosts. I’m about to start the second book.

    Lauren @ http://www.shootingstarsmag.net


  2. I love the way you phrased this post because that’s how I feel about a lot of horror movies: intrigued enough to read the summary, but not wanting to watch them and terrify myself. I’m all about the premise!
    Of these books, I really did love Mexican Gothic though, and the cover of Horrid is pretty enough I might give it a go. 🙈


  3. I’ve heard of Mexican Gothic and NOS4A2 before, but being a bit of a horror wimp, have stayed away from those books for a long time now. But I saw the cover for Horrid, and it really made me sit up. It’s creepy but also so striking! Definitely piqued my curiosity too.

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  4. Great list, Dini! I think you’d enjoy Mexican Gothic – it is horror, but I don’t think it’s the kind of book that’ll have you sleeping with the light on. I’d really like to read Katherine Arden’s MG series, too, and I’ve such good things about Scritch Scratch!

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  5. Some great covers. “Small Spaces”, “City of Ghosts” and “Scritch Scratch”.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT which presents books with food on their cover.


  6. I want to read Summer Sons SO BADLY! I also need to add like all of these to my tbr too! The Arden Series definitely looks amazing! Love spooky reads so definitely need to pick some of these up! Great list, I really enjoyed Mexican Gothic, definitely a creepy read 💜


  7. The covers on all of these ARE so enticing! Mexican Gothic is on my tbr, as well. Hopefully someday we can both get to it. 😉 Great post this week!

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