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I am not a scary book person, like at all. I suck at watching scary films (normally I have to be forced), I am rubbish in haunted houses/rides (I once started crying on the Haunted House ride at Disney!), I’m totally scared of the dark but weirdly I LOVE Halloween.
I think though for me it’s all about the fancy dress and the yummy treats the I get to eat that I am excited about, not the scary stuff. I love carving my pumpkins and baking up delicious Halloween themed treats. And I just about manage to read 1 scary book a year as part of my own personal Halloween challenge!
ALSO, if you are in the Halloween spirit, check out this pumpkin made from a recycled book, or some book inspired carved pumpkins like these ones or these ones. If you are in need of some inspiration on what to read this Halloween then check out these awesome scary reading lists (not made by me, because I am no good with scary!) or check out this post for bookish fancy dress inspiration. Or if for you it’s all about the Halloween treats then I’ve got you covered with some YUMMY posts like this one or this one.
Anyways, to this weeks Top Ten Tuesday list. So I am a big fat wimp and there are a ton of scary books which I would actually quite like to read but know that I would never be able to because I suck at scary! Some of the below books I have watched (aka hidden behind a cushion and peeked out every 30 minutes) the film adaptations of, other I have just been told the story by friends, but all of them I do kinda wish I could read. Maybe when I’m a grown up and I’m a little braver!
The Shining – This guy is like the King of horror so I know to stay away from anything with his name on it, but especially this one. The Shining?! It doesn’t exactly give you visions of shining stars does it?!
I am Legend – Ok, so living all by yourself in a city filled with zombies who will, at any opportunity, nibble on you and turn you into a zombie. WHAT?! WHO DOES THAT?! I would be on the first hellicopter out of there! I’m already scared of the dark, but this one would result in me checking round every single corner anytime I left the house at night! Plus how freaky is the cover! No thank you!
Let the Right One In – Was this a film? I feel like it was, and I think it became another one of those non enjoyable experiences that was forced upon me by my friends. Creepy little girls, just like those creepy china dolls are a BIG NO for me. I’ll stick to my sweet and innocent Disney princesses type characters thanks!
The Woman in Black – Every time the trailer for the film adaptation of this book comes on the TV I immediately jump behind the couch! Once again, if I ever found myself in the situation that this character finds himself in, aka in a house that is haunted, I would not stick around, I would not even go to it in the first place! Sorry but this books is never going to make it into my hands!
Shutter Island – Ok, so I actually made it through the film adaptation of this one (true I had to watch it in like 3 separate chunks and the majority of it I was hidden behind a cushion) and I found the storyline REALLY interesting but WAY TOO creepy to ever be able to read the book, which kinda sucks because it was really interesting!
Coraline – Isn’t this meant to be a kids book?! I only watch the firs 20 minutes of the film and was totally FREAKED OUT. Apparently the book is even scarier! Or maybe I’m just the big wimp who cried on a Disney ride and can’t cope with anything remotely scary?!
The Exorcist – Hells no! Not going to happen. Firstly that cover freaks me out, and secondly the whole demon possession thing, I can just about cope with Supernatural but this sound seriously freaky with the whole religious exorcism thing too!
The Babysitter – This one was popular when I was in high school and I remember all my friends reading it and then watching the film and they loved it. Me ont he other hand, even the thought of this story freaks me out, and I have never ever done any babysitting for anyone (mostly because no body trusts me with their kids) because I am scared this is going to happen to me.
Mary: The Summoning – It’s based on Bloody Mary, enough said. If there is one supernatural being I cannot cope with, it’s Bloody Mary. I can’t even think her name when I’m near mirrors! I was really proud of myself last year for reading James Dawson’s Say Her Name as my spooky read for the year, but never again will I be reading a Bloody Mary book, it took me weeks to be able to sleep again!
The Madman’s Daughter – Young girl with a crazy scientist father who goes to live on an island by himself and creates totally violent animals which kill anything. Yeah, that sounds WAY too creepy for me. I like my animals soft and squishy and perfect for snuggles thank you very much!