TTT: Spooky Books on my TBR

top ten tuesday

October 29: Halloween Freebie

Spooky, creepy or otherwise Halloween-y books still on my TBR. Which should I bump up/down?



Bellman & BlackBellman & Black by Diane Setterfield 


Bellman & Black is a heart-thumpingly perfect ghost story, beautifully and irresistibly written, its ratcheting tension exquisitely calibrated line by line.

Its hero is William Bellman, who, as a boy of 10, killed a shiny black rook with a catapult, and who grew up to be someone, his neighbours think, who “could go to the good or the bad.” And indeed, although William Bellman’s life at first seems blessed—he has a happy marriage to a beautiful woman, becomes father to a brood of bright, strong children, and thrives in business—one by one, people around him die. And at each funeral, he is startled to see a strange man in black, smiling at him.

At first, the dead are distant relatives, but eventually his own children die, and then his wife, leaving behind only one child, his favourite, Dora. Unhinged by grief, William gets drunk and stumbles to his wife’s fresh grave—and who should be there waiting, but the smiling stranger in black. The stranger has a proposition for William—a mysterious business called “Bellman & Black” . . .



The Hollow GirlThe Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan


Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.



The Twisted OnesThe Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher


When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.



The Tenth GirlThe Tenth Girl by Sara Faring 


At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.



Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1)Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop


The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself.

But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness.

And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.

20 thoughts on “TTT: Spooky Books on my TBR”

  1. Great list! I’ve heard good things about The Twisted Ones and I’d like to read more T. Kingfisher. Bellman & Black is very atmospheric, but it’s a bit of a slower read so it’s not one I’d recommend if you’re looking to blast through a book just before Halloween! It’s a good autumnal read, though. 🙂

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    1. I’m finding that with Bellman and Black. It’s beautifully written, but not what I was expecting. I’ve really enjoyed Kingfisher’s fairytale retellings, so I’m interesting to see how this on compares.

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  2. Ooh, The Hollow Girl and The Twisted Ones sound super creepy but I also can’t help being intrigued. If I wasn’t such a chicken I know I’d definitely pick those up but I don’t know if I can handle the spookiness–especially of the Twisted Ones! 🙈

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  3. Daughter of the Blood seems a bit out of place in this list — the cover looks downright normal compared to the spooky goodness in the others. That said… they’re all probably too spooky for me, so I’m not the best person to help you choose among them. 🙂

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    1. Haha! I think I picked a duff cover. I think this one’s actually the darkest, from the reviews I read. XD But yeah, it looks more generic high fantasy TBH.


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