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#TopTenTuesday: Spooky Books I’d Read If I Wasn’t A Chicken (Halloween Freebie)

It’s that time of the week again, friends! 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! Since this week is a freebie, I’ve decided to go with the first topic that came to mind: the spooky books I’d read if I wasn’t such an epic chicken/if I only had the guts. I don’t think it would surprise anyone to know that 90% of this list consists of King books! Is it kind of ridiculous that I don’t want to include these book covers in this post because that means I’ll have to actually look at them up close and I’m frankly terrified? ๐Ÿ™ƒ

IT by Stephen King
I already detest clowns (SORRY NOT SORRY) and call me crazy but the idea of one lurking in wait in the drains is just not my jam? Like, at all.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King
I have this one and I really want to read it but it’s also supernatural ghost-y and that’s usually really not my jam. Serious question: What is with cabins in woods by lakes being haunted?!

The Shining by Stephen King
I was forced to watch the movie and I honestly… Ugh. I questioned my choice of friends for months afterwards. Not cool, people, not cool!

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I really really really want to read this book. BUT IS SCARED.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I really wish I had the guts to read this because I got the book as part of the September Owlcrate box and I honestly don’t know if I will ever read it.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
This is a legend/story that has creeped me out ever since I heard stories about the headless horseman when I was a kid. Years later, this legend is actually what I always picture when I think Halloween!

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
This one sounds like a total mindfck. Reading the synopsis already has me confused and questioning whether it’s real or not and I’m doubting myself. If I feel this now, how will I feel after reading it?

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
I really really want to read this one but I’m already terrified of the deep, dark ocean and while I love the idea of mermaids and sirens, I’m not a fan of the creepy killing kind lurking in said deep dark ocean.

Pet Semetary by Stephen King
Dead pets… I just… I don’t know if I can handle it? I like my pets alive and not haunting me, thanks!

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
The synopsis of this alone really freaks me out. I’ve come across it several times in store and have always been tempted to buy it but never do because I don’t think my mind will be able to take how horrifyingly messed up this story is? It’s just a feeling lol

Have you read any of these spooky titles? Would you read them? Do you wish you could read them? If you’ve also done a TTT, please leave your links in the comments below so I can come check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

47 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: Spooky Books I’d Read If I Wasn’t A Chicken (Halloween Freebie)

  1. Great list! The Haunting of Hill House is SO worth reading. It is unnerving, but what I love about it is that it lets the reader decide whether something supernatural is happening or the heroine is having a mental breakdown and it’s super interesting.

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    1. Maybe one day when I summon up enough courage I’ll read Hill House. I just look at that cover and already become terrified. I’m a total chicken ๐Ÿ™ˆI think I’d probably be the one to have a mental breakdown trying to figure out whether it’s supernatural or not! Haha

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  2. I adore you so so much lmaoooo
    bag of bones is probably the only book I will never ever reread because the subject matter really upset me.
    one day…one day you will read a king book tho. great post my love.

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    1. It sounds so so good and I really want to read it. Maybe I will find the courage to one day. I think I could possibly do it (and then just not step into the ocean for … a long time afterwards! Haha thanks Nadine ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I have Bag of Bones but I honestly don’t know if I can pick it up Tanya. The plan was to try this month but yeah, no. Hahaha I think I would read that one only in broad daylight and like … If I didn’t have to leave the bed so I know what’s around me at all times! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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  3. Dini, I have to admit I would be too scared to read most of these too! I read Stephen King’s dark fantasy series, The Dark Tower and that was scary enough, so his actually horror books would probably blow my mind. However I have read The Haunting of Hill House and highly recommend reading, as it is much psychologically creepy: leaving it up to the reader to decide whether there is something supernatural actually going on or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who wouldn’t be able to read these! I’m really curious about his Dark Tower series actually. I received the last book in the series ages ago but the person who bought it for me didn’t realize it was a series. Ooh, so Hill House isn’t really supernatural creepy? Haha knowing my mind though I’d probably settle on it being supernatural horror especially since I’m such a chicken when it comes to that stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the future though (or if I’m feeling brave)!

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  4. I’m not a big horror reader, lol, and have never been brave enough to read one of Stephen King’s novels. But after reading his nonfiction On Writing a few months ago and absolutely loving it, I bought his newest fiction release, The Institute. Still working up the courage to actually read it though, lol!

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    1. I’ve only read two of King’s books and while they were creepy they were more psychologically thrilling/horror than supernatural horror. I’m oddly pretty okay with gore but give me haunted houses, possessions and other ghostly horrors and I’m outta here ๐ŸคฃI really want to read The Institute! It sounds really good. I hope you enjoy it. You can do it ๐Ÿ˜

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  5. I’ve never read King! I’ve seen some of the movies based on his books though- does that count lol? I think his books would freak me out. also The Legend of Sleepy Hollow looks awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’ve seen some of his movies too (Shawshank, Green Mile, and the Shining – this one by force lol)! I enjoyed them but I don’t know, I think reading about these things would make a bigger impact on me ๐Ÿ˜…The cover for Sleepy Hollow does look cool, I guess… But I’m still not reading it ๐Ÿคฃ

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    1. I’m the ultimate chicken though and I get spooked really easily (especially by the supernatural ghost-spirit-horror type). I mean, I know I saw the movie (by force! LOL) but … even knowing what’s coming I think I’d still be too scared ๐Ÿคฃ

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  6. You definitely picked some scary King stories for your list. I’d love to tell you Bag of Bones isn’t as scary as the others you listed, but since you’re not into supernatural stuff it probably doesn’t matter. I actually listed my favorite King books for this week’s TTT! Trust me, they’re not all horror/scary. I promise. I highly recommend Eyes of the Dragon or The Green Mile for how you describe yourself. Or Different Seasons. Or The Long Walk. Okay, obviously I’m a huge fan. BTW, the series they made for Netflix based on The Haunting of Hill House was phenomenal, but terrifying. So was the book.

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    1. I bought Bag of Bones on a whim when I was feeling brave, but I’ve got a feeling it’ll now sit untouched on my bookshelf for a while… LOL I will keep in mind that you said that it’s not as scary as some of the others. Of the Kings I listed, which would you say is the scariest? I’ll be sure to check out your TTT! I do have Green Mile and I know that one isn’t scary. I also have Under the Dome (my first King) and I loved that one. I have heard the Hill House Netflix adaptation was great, but… Yeah, it looks too terrifying for me ๐Ÿคฃ

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      1. Of those listed, I personally find Pet Sematary to be the scariest. I know they recently remade the movie and I found the trailer to be chilling, even after seeing it numerous times.

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  7. Ya big chicken, you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have to admit, I need to really be in a mood to conquer Stephen King books, too, because they’re pretty dang creepy lol. I have to say, though, I read The Haunting of Hill House and I didn’t find it all that spooky? Like, I guess some people did, but … I don’t know. There were only two really ghosty sorts of scenes that I can remember. I guess maybe because I went into it having watched the show, which was uber freaking creepy. The book Hill House is really more psychological horror than the more paranormal stuff I was expecting.

    Into the Drowning Deep was definitely super creepy (and maybe unsurprisingly kind of gory). I love monster in the deep books, but if you’re scared of those … maybe pass on this one? You won’t look at the ocean quite the same after reading it. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  8. It’s so interesting to me how differently people experience “scary” things – and how that rush is so fun for some people and not so much for others. I tend to have a lot of fun watching the movies, but then they stick with me for a while and I’ll find myself scared at weird times and then remember, oh.. i’m scared of this random hotel hallway because I saw The Shining when I was 12 and just never really recovered emotionally lol

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  9. The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favourites! I hope that if you eventually get to it, you enjoy it and aren’t scared too terribly! Psychologically Horror can be tricky. BUT, if you end up making it into that one I hope you have fun!

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  10. So I’m probably not the best person to give advice, because horror books don’t seem to scare me very much, but I didn’t think The Haunting of Hill House was scary at all. The Netflix adaptation, however, was super creepy! And I just finished reading The Shining for the first time this morning. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I expected, and I’ve never even seen the film. However, I knew all the iconic scenes from the movie and was surprised when none of them were in the book. So maybe it wouldn’t be too bad for you?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Here’s my much less scary TTT for this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I’m so not a horror fan, so I don’t see myself ever reading a Stephan King novel… which always seem “horror” to me! Plus that “It” cover is just CREEPY!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit.

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  12. Love your take on this weekโ€™s theme! I am so with you on It and The Shining – I want to read them but I just know I wonโ€™t be able to sleep afterwards! ๐Ÿ˜… I didnโ€™t find The Haunting of Hill House too terrifying – itโ€™s definitely spooky but in quite a subtle way so it might be worth giving it a shot! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’›

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