Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Kinda Want to Read But Are WAY Too Scary

October 27, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 20

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

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!

TTT Scary 1

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!


TTT Scary 2

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!


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What do you think of my choices? Which books are too scary for you to read?

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20 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Kinda Want to Read But Are WAY Too Scary”

  1. Amanda Marie

    I am totally a wimp when it comes to scary books as well. I prefer nice, happy books with only a touch of the creepiness that inhabits everything this time of the year. The only one on your list that I might read is The Madman’s Daughter because I have heard some great things about it.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yeah, I’m in the same place as you. People keep telling me to read it so I may actually end up doing so (but in the middle of the day when it’s all light and sunny!) A little bit of creepiness isn’t a bad thing and I am definitely up for a book like that, but full on horror is a big no for me sadly.
      Thanks for stopping by, happy reading! 🙂

  2. Tanya

    I’m with you, Hannah! In fact, I’m so *not* into scary books that I totally skipped this week’s Top 10 Tuesday. LOL I guess it’s half because scary books just aren’t my genre of choice (give me a good contemporary with some romance, please) but also because I just don’t enjoy being scared. I don’t get people who flock to the horror movies and the haunted houses. What about that is enjoyable? LOL Nope, I’ll stick with my angsty contemporaries and my rom-com movies, thank you very much. 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Perfectly said. I totally agree with everything you’ve said.
      My friends are always forcing me to watch scary films with them, and most of the time I just end up behind a pillow reading my book! Why waste time with something you are not going to enjoy?
      Thanks for stopping by, happy reading! 🙂

  3. christine danielle

    Coraline seems like an interesting book because I loved the movie.

    Here’s mine I hope you check it out 🙂 MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, Happy Advanced Halloween too! I will probably reading it at some point because it does look brilliant 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, happy reading! 🙂

  4. Chrissi Reads

    I’m not massively into scary books either. I can’t stand them because I’ve got such a vivid imagination. I’d love to be able to read more scary books! 😀

    • Brocs Bookcase

      It’s not necessarily reading the book that is the problem, it is coping with any noises I hear in the night and my mind immediately jumps to the worse possibility due to the scary book that I have read!
      Nice to know I’m not the only one who would love to read more! 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I have heard very very good things about The Madman’s Daughter, so I am a little intrigued. Maybe I will give it a chance 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I think there are a lot more then just two of us wimpy people out there in the world, but it’s always nice to know I’m not alone 🙂

  5. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I don’t think I can read I am Legend either. I saw the Will Smith movie and had the worst nightmares. Zombies are the one thing that really freak me out. Okay that and centipedes. You could probably handle The Babysitter. I don’t think R.L. Stine books are as scary once you get out of childhood years. And The Shining is one of my fave books and movies. Good luck if you try any of these… I hope you don’t have nightmares 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha, ditto. I can never watch that film again, even if Will Smith is in it!
      I probably could now I’m a grown up, but I remember trying when I was in high school and being totally scared!
      Thanks, I’m hoping for no nightmares too! 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      WHAT?! A girl who crawls out of a mirror if you say her name three times whilst looking in it, and then follows you round trying to kill you?! That is totally scary! Haha 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I’m hearing lots of good things about the Madmans Daughter, so maybe I will give it a chance! Thanks for stopping by, happy reading! 🙂