Top Ten Horror Books I Want To Read



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books. This week is a Halloween freebie theme so I decided to highlight some YA horror books that look interesting and that I want to read.

As always, links will take you to Goodreads.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich


I was supposed to get to this during the Halloween Readathon but I don’t think that’ll happen. Anyway I’ve been eyeing this book for quite awhile and I bought the ebook not too long ago because it was on sale for just a couple of dollars. I desperately want to read this.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie


This is a book that I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want to read it. But it seems like a good ghost story so I think I’ll give it a shot one of these days.

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz


This is another one that I was hoping to maybe get to during the Halloween Readathon and even though I didn’t get to it, I’m still hoping I’ll read it at least somewhat soon. I got to meet Laurie at the Boston Teen Author Festival last month so now I really want to read her books.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather


Does this actually count as horror? I’m not really sure (it seems more paranormal to me than outright horror) but Amazon lists it as horror so I’m sticking with it. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this but honestly, anything based on the Salem witch trials has got me interested, especially since it’s written by a descendant of Cotton Mather. Sign me up!

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín


The blurb for this is pretty short and kind of vague and I haven’t really seen many reviews for this so I don’t have a solid grip on what this is about, BUT it still seems really creepy and spooky and interesting so I want to give it a shot.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega


I honestly hadn’t heard of this before a couple of months ago when I started seeing it around the blogosphere. This is about a group of girls who all think that another girl is possessed and take it upon themselves to try to form an exorcism. It sounds sooo creepy and sinister.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


I have heard SO many good things about this book and it sounds so wonderfully creepy. I definitely need to give this one a try.🙂

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


A story about a girl who wakes up surrounding my corpses and has to fight to keep herself alive? This sounds amazing. I know a lot of people are huge fans of Holly Black as well and I’ve been wanting to check out some of her books.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender


I read one of Katie Alender’s other books, Good Girls Don’t Die, and while it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it and would totally read more of her books. I also am a huge fan of stories set in creepy asylums (which totally conflicts with my role as a mental health advocate but hey, don’t judge my contradictions) so a story of a girl who gets trapped in an old asylum and starts seeing a bunch of ghosts sounds so awesome.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys


This is a collection of short stories that are all either thrillers or horror (I think). There are some pretty big name authors in it too like Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu. I’ve seen a few people reading this recently and, as I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve wanted to check out some shrot story anthologies so this looks like a great choice.

Have you read any of these? Are there any others I should’ve included?

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ARC Review of Heartless by Marissa Meyer


Published: November 8th, 2016 by Feiwel & Friends | Series: N/A | Length: 464 pages | Genre: YA, retelling, fantasy, romance | Source: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

This book quickly became incredibly addictive. I found it wonderfully difficult to put down, even though plot-wise it’s not necessarily all that action-packed until the last third or so. Of course, there are action scenes here and there, but most of the story is focusing on Catherine’s mother’s expectations with the king or Catherine’s interest in the joker. I tend to be someone who really likes plot-driven stories so for me to be so captivated by a book that really doesn’t have a lot going on at times is rare. But, god, I found myself neglecting sleep, homework, and pretty much any other responsibility you can think of trying to sneak in a few more pages.

Meyer does an excellent job of making this notorious villain a really likable character who you can’t help but root for. Despite knowing that Heartless is an origin story for the Queen of Hearts, I found myself forgetting that Catherine turns out to be this evil woman later in life. I found myself desperately hoping that she’d be able to do what she wants and be with who she wants, again despite knowing that she turns into the Queen of Hearts that we all know and despise. I so desperately wanted her to have the happy ending that she deserved.


Meyer also did a fantastic job of creating really interesting side characters, many of whom we know already from other Wonderland books/movies, but some of whom are new (at least I think they are…). It was actually frustrating to a certain point because I found myself really curious to learn more about them, but as they’re secondary characters, you don’t really get to know them too well. But I’m remaining hopeful because I think that Meyer has said there’s a possibility for companion novels in the future…😉 I’d personally love to learn more about Hatta (the Mad Hatter) and Jest. Although we do get to see a lot of Jest, since he’s one of Catherine’s love interests, I’d love to learn more about his past.

The one area I’d say this is lacking a bit is in the world-building. Of course, most people who read this will already know a bit about Wonderland from other books or from movies. But this is a retelling which means that there should be unique elements (and there are!) that we’re unfamiliar with. I kind of wish that Meyer had expanded on these elements just a tiny bit to show us more of the magic and peculiarity of Wonderland because it really would have helped bring the setting to life a bit more.


Meyer thoroughly succeeding in creating a wonderful origin story for the Queen of Hearts. She brings so much humanity into such an evil character that you at times forget that she turns out to be evil. If you enjoy retellings, Wonderland, magic, and/or romance, I can’t recommend Heartless enough.

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Halloween Readathon Update Week 2


Another week as come and gone and unfortunately, I still have not made much progress with the Halloween Readathon.

At the beginning of the week, I did finally finish my first book, All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison. I really enjoyed this one. No review yet as I am part of an ongoing blog tour for it, but my review will be up on Friday the 28th so keep an eye out.

Right now I’m making my through book 2: Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It’s killing me that I don’t have more time to spend reading because I am addicted to this book and having the most difficult time putting it down to do boring things like homework and go to work.😉 I was originally hoping to have the review for this up tomorrow but seeing as I’m only about halfway through it, that won’t be happening. Hopefully at the end of the week or beginning of next week I’ll be able to finish it and post my review.


If I finish Heartless before the end of the readathon, I will probably be picking up Asylum by Madeleine Roux. I’ve been putting off reading this book for the longest time so it’s really about time I get to it. I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m hopeful. I may actually decide to read it even if the readathon is over already.😛

How are you doing with the readathon? How many books have you finished?

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Weeding Out My Goodreads TBR


Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while now will know that I add a lot of books to my TBR. This is especially true for my to-read list on Goodreads because, well, it’s really freaking easy to quickly look a book up after seeing it mentioned somewhere and add it to my list. I’m pretty sure I add at least a book or two a day. What this has resulted in is… a really long to-read list on Goodreads. I realized (slightly to my horror, slightly to my amazement) is that I have almost 800 books listed: 796 to be exact (although by the time this posts, it’ll probably have more…).

So I want to weed out my Goodreads TBR and take off some books that I might not be interested in reading anymore. But I’m having a hard time parting with any of them! So I want to brainstorm some things I can base my decision off of and have an easier time shortening up this list, even if only by a few books.

What I’ve Heard About the Book

If I’ve heard a lot of great things about the book, then great – it can stay. Books that I haven’t really heard anything about can stay too because I love reading kind of obscure or just less well-known books. But if I remember seeing a lot of mixed reviews or a lot of negative reviews, maybe I can take a second look at it and see if the premise is interesting enough for me to still want to give it a try or if I can knock it off my list to make room for books I’m more likely to enjoy.

Reread the Blurb

I’ll admit, as I’m scrolling through my TBR, I don’t even remember some of these titles. If that’s the case, I can probably either A.) just get rid of it (if I really wanted to read it, don’t you think I’d at least remember hearing something about it?) or B.) reread the blurb and see if it’s something I’m truly interested in. If it’s not, adios!

Read a Couple of Reviews

There’s no way that I have time to do this for every book because, ahem, there are almost 800 of them, but for those books that I’m just not sure whether or not to keep on my TBR, looking at a couple of reviews may be helpful. I’ll admit I don’t really trust most reviews on Goodreads, but if the reviews are from people I’m friends with on there and/or bloggers I’m familiar with, then they could be trustworthy and helpful.

Any other ideas? What do you do when you need to take some books off your TBR?

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What Counts as a Spoiler? And Do They Matter?


A lot of people, myself included, hate being spoiled for books. Personally, I like being able to explore a book for the first time without any idea of what the final outcome will be. I like getting to know the characters without the knowledge of someone’s death looming over me the whole time. The fact is that spoilers can make reading a book a lot less exciting. But there are two things people don’t seem to be able to agree on: what exactly qualifies as a spoiler and do they actually matter?

I’m not even sure I can answer the first question myself. I tend to view spoilers as anything that gives away some piece(s) of somewhat important information that is relevant to the characters, plot, etc. I don’t want to know if two characters end up together. I don’t want to know what that huge twist at the end is. I don’t want to know that X character dies. I want all of that to be surprising to me. I want to be able to read the book and wonder about what will happen.

But there are a lot of people that view smaller details (the MC goes on a date and sees a movie – even if you don’t know with whom) or really broad statements (the MC ends up dating someone at the end) as spoilers as well. I admit I sometimes feel this way as well. For example, some people feel that even mentioning that there’s a big plot twist towards the end of the book can be a spoiler. I never used to consider that as one, but ever since I saw someone mention it, I can’t help but notice how I’ll spend the whole time reading waiting for that plot twist and wondering what it might be. So yeah, I think that it could qualify.

The second question – do spoilers matter? – is an even harder one to tackle. As I already mentioned, I don’t like spoilers. So obviously my personal answer would be that yes, spoilers matter. Like I said before, they take away a certain element of surprise or may not allow you to guess about what might happen. But there are a lot of people who don’t care if they see spoilers or who even actively seek them out. I remember reading a post from one person who felt that if your book relies on surprise to be a good and entertaining book, then it’s lacking other essential elements of a good story. That’s kind of confusing, but basically, she was saying that if without surprise, you can’t enjoy the book, then it’s probably not a very good book to begin with. I can’t help but agree with that to some extent (although I feel the need to specify it does not change my opinion on spoilers).

I think what it all comes down to is the individual person’s opinion. However, this creates an entirely new problem for reviewers. How much can we disclose while still being able to say the review is “spoiler-free”? What kind of information should I mark as a spoiler? What constitutes a spoiler to me may not seem like a spoiler according to other people and similarly, what I don’t personally view as a spoiler may seem like a major spoiler to someone else. It’s a difficult situation for reviewers who don’t want to give things away in their review, but still need to, you know, review the book.

What do you think? What’s a spoiler? Do you mind seeing spoilers?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award



  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

I was tagged for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Beth at Reading Every Night to do this tag at the beginning of September – thank you so much for the tag, Beth!

Beth’s Questions

You have the power to erase one character from any book or series; who would you pick and why?

This is so difficult. I’ve been trying to come up with an answer to this for SO LONG now, but I just can’t. I think even the most annoying characters still have something to offer the book/series or else they wouldn’t have even been included, you know?

You come across a time machine however it can only go either into the future or into the past, not both, and your first trip sets it in that mode forever. Would you choose to travel into the future or travel into the past?

The past. I’d be too afraid to see what happens in the future and would just end up spending my entire life being an anxious wreck lol I’d love to be able to explore the past though especially since I love learning about history.

If you could live anywhere in the world, real or fictional, where would it be?

I’m going to stick to the real world just because that keeps my options more limited and makes this easier to answer haha I think I’d go with NYC maybe. Or maybe a suburb of NYC so it’s close-by but I’m not actually in the city haha Although, to be honest, I’m not dying with excitement to live anywhere.😛

Would you rather team up during the zombie apocalypse with the main character of the first book you read, or the latest book you read?

Am I supposed to remember the first book I read?! hahaha I have no idea who that would even be. The book I’m reading now though is Heartless and it’s a retelling about the Queen of Hearts so I mean… she probably would be a pretty good partner in the case of a zombie apocalypse😉

What made you start blogging?

Two things. First of all, I wanted a place to talk about books with people because none of my friends in real life really like to read. So I wanted people to discuss books with. Second, I wanted motivation to make myself read more. I’m the type of person that needs some sort of extrinsic motivation for things. So having a blog motivates me to read more because well… you’ll have a hard time updating a book blog if you’re not reading.

You’re trapped on a desert island and can only take three things with you; what are they?

My Kindle because I’d be able to essentially take a few hundred books with me, a bottle of wine (Pinot Grigio to be exact), and a cat to keep me company.

Do you have any pets? If yes tell us about him/her, with photos please. If not what you be your dream pet, it can be an actual animal or a mythological one.

I do! I have a very cute and chubby guinea pig named Harmony.


The story of your life is being made into a film, which actress would you pick to play you and why?

Ummmm I honestly have no idea. I can’t even think of any actresses who even remotely resemble me at the moment.😛

What’s the most fascinating thing you’ve encountered this week?

I don’t know that I’d call it fascinating, but it was certainly… interesting. Donald Trump interrupting Hillary Clinton during the debate to clarify that he definitely “should have won that Emmy.” I’m still not over it, tbh.

Is there a book death you’re not over and don’t think you ever will be, if so which one?

Honestly, I usually accept character deaths fairly quickly. Like yeah I’m heartbroken, but I just kind of move on lol I think if there’s any character whose death I’m still upset about, it’s Uriah from Divergent. He deserved so much better and I think his death always gets overlooked by Tris’.

What is one song that you would describe as ‘belonging on the soundtrack to your life’?

Would it be totally ridiculous to say Take a Hint from Victorious? hahaha Not necessarily for the soundtrack of my entire life, but it certainly belongs on the soundtrack to the past week or so of my life. Guys sometimes really just don’t get that you’re not interested hahaha

My Nominations

I’m far too lazy to nominate 11 people but I will nominate a few. As always, if you don’t want to do this, just ignore it.🙂

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Jess @ Beaucoup Books

Tiffany @ Tiffany the Book Nerd

Risa Lynn @ lightsabersandpacifiers

Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty

My Questions

  1. If you could have a conversation with any book character, who would you choose?
  2. What’s the most amount of books you’ve ever bought at one time?
  3. Have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?
  4. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
  5. Do you schedule your posts in advance or just post them as you write them?
  6. What’s your favorite way to track your reading? Goodreads? On your blog? Some other way?
  7. Do you subscribe to any author newsletters? If so, which ones?
  8. Do you prefer to give or receive book recommendations?
  9. What’s your opinion on spoilers? Do you love them or hate them?
  10. What’s your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?
  11. What’s a recent blog post that you’re proud of?

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WWW Wednesday (10/19)


Hello everyone! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is my first time participating in almost a month, holy crap! I usually do these every week but I’ve been slacking haha

What are you currently reading?

Monday night I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer! I’ve been so excited about getting an eARC of this and even more excited to finally start reading it. I’m I think 16% in right now and so far, so good! I’m really liking getting to see Wonderland in a new way.🙂


What did you recently finish reading?

Since my last WWW Wednesday, I’ve finished 3 books. First I finished C.E. Wilson’s latest release, Untitled Beauty. As usual, I wasn’t let down. You can see my full review here. Then I read Initiate by Laura L. Fox which is coming out on November 15th. I really loved this book and definitely recommend it if you like sci-fi! Here’s my review. Just this past weekend I finished reading All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison which I believe just released yesterday. There’s no review yet since I’m reviewing it as part of a blog tour, but I really loved it and my review will be up on the 28th!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Right now I’m participating in a Halloween readathon so I need to get some spooky books read! I think after I finish Heartless I’ll either go for Asylum by Madeleine Roux or The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.🙂

What have you guys been reading? Answer below or link me to your WWW Wednesday post!

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Teaser Tuesday (10/18)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. Everyone is welcome to join in.


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

18584855Last night I started reading a book I’m sure some of you are highly anticipating… Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m still in shock that I managed to snag this on NetGalley. I’ve been really excited for this and am so excited to finally be digging in! I’m only a few pages in, but it’s off to a good start. Here’s my teaser:


“Thinking a bit of air might help her cheeks recover from the stretched-out smile, she headed toward the balconies. But she hadn’t gone a dozen steps through the crowd of black crinolines and white top hats before the candlelit chandeliers flickered as one and went out.”

Are you looking forward to Heartless? What are you reading? Leave a link to your TT in the comments!

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How Do You Stick to a Book-Buying Ban?


I need help. Serious help. I really need to cut down on my book buying. For the past few months, I’ve been buying 20+ books each month. And seeing as how I read 7-8 books a month if I’m lucky, I’m falling ridiculously behind with the books I’ve acquired and have also been spending way too much money on it. So I need some advice: how can I get myself to actually stick to a book buying ban? I have a few ideas but I could definitely use some more tips that any of you have. Let’s go over my ideas so far, shall we?

Instead of buying books I want, get them from the library.

Last month I got a library card with the library near my school and I still have access to digital loans to two other libraries (Boston Public Library and the library from back home) as well. So if there’s a book that I’m dying to get my hands on, I could just borrow it from the library rather than buying it right away. If I really end up loving it, I can buy a copy when I’m not on a book buying ban anymore.

Refocus my energy on getting through the books I have.

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that the amount of books I own and haven’t read is outrageous. I probably have close to 100 books that I’ve bought but haven’t read. Maybe more actually since I really don’t have much of an idea on how many ebooks I have haha So I could use the time during my book buying ban to focus on getting through all of these books I bought because I was so desperate to read them but that have now been sitting on my shelves for months. *cue eye-rolling*

Remind myself that Christmas is coming up.

I’m hoping to get this book buying ban to last until Christmas. (Hoping being the keyword.) I’d maybe try to make it go a bit longer but 1. my attempts at book buying bans have failed before and 2. I always get money at Christmas and it’d just be cruel not to let myself spend any of that on books.😛 But hopefully I’ll be able to get myself to wait this long by reminding myself that not only will I be able to buy books after I get Christmas money, but I’ll probably get at least a few books as gifts as well.

Alright these are the only ideas I have to help myself get through this book-buying ban. I think these will be helpful, but I guess only time will tell.

What do you do to help yourself stick to a book buying ban?

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Halloween Readathon Update Week 1


Well, my participation in the Halloween Readathon is off to a very slow start. I did not get very much reading done at all over the past week. School got really hectic really quickly so I just didn’t have the time or energy to read.

I’m not letting that stop me though! There’s still two weeks left to get through a bunch of books. Right now I’m a little over halfway through All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison. This is the book I’m reading for the “Read a thriller” challenge. I’m hoping to finish this in the next couple of days. Once that’s done, I’ll be reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer since I have to get that eARC read before it comes out in a couple of weeks. I’m using that for the “treat” challenge where you can read a book from any genre.


So although week one was not super successful and I’m off to a slow start, I’m hoping to redeem myself throughout the rest of the readathon.🙂 I still have a bunch of challenges and a bunch of books from my TBR to get through!

Are you participating in the Halloween Readathon? How are you doing so far?

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