Top 10 Tuesday: Books to inspire Halloween spirit

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So today’s topic is books to put you in the Halloween spirit – I’ve chosen 10 that gave me goosebumps, or featured demons/monsters/magic. And consequently, I think each of these novels could inspire a really cool costume, which was the other topic for today’s TTT. Enjoy!


1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Warriors fighting demons – definitely a series to put you in the Halloween spirit!

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – If the Darkling doesn’t put you in the Halloween spirit, I don’t know what will.

3. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong – Monsters! *squeal*

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Book 1 in a series about magic and Fae and evil kings.

5. In the Shadows by Keirsten White – Several scenes seriously creeped me out. Totally appropriate for Halloween!


6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This Cinderella requires a very different costume.

7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Vampires. The undead. Need I say more?

8. Vitro by Jessica Khoury – There are humans being bred on this island.

9. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – Another darker/grittier fairy tale retelling!

10. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown – Magicians, mediums, mentalists, and seances. Read this on Halloween and shiver with delight. (That was cheesy. I apologize.)


What novels put you in the Halloween spirit? Please share!

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books to inspire Halloween spirit

  1. Taylor Lynn

    Ooh, fun list! I never got past the first few chapters of City of Bones, but from what I read of it I think it’d probably be a good Halloween choice. 😉 And I’d definitely love to read In the Shadows sometime, it sounds marvelous!

    1. brooke Post author

      In the Shadows was definitely interesting – loved the illustrations and comic book aspect of it! Kiersten White writes so beautifully. 🙂 As for City of Bones, you should give it another shot! The plot gets super convoluted somewhere around book 4, but I persevered for the characters. There are some seriously funny one-liners in that series. Thanks for commenting, Taylor!

      1. Taylor Lynn

        I’m definitely intrigued by the way In the Shadows tells two stories side by side, one in words and one in illustrations. I don’t often read graphic novels (hardly ever, in fact) but that one really caught my eye and I’m looking forward to reading it!

        1. brooke Post author

          It was one of the first books I requested for review via Netgalley, and I hadn’t really even researched it so I had no idea there were pictures! (Rookie mistake) And to my surprise, my request was actually approved – I was sort of shocked when I downloaded the book, but I really enjoyed it so it all worked out in the end. 🙂


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