Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!

I’m making it so we don’t have to list scary books exactly, just books you’d read on Halloween!


My demographic tends to skew pretty little, so I’m always looking for picture books that are seasonally appropriate, and maybe even a little spooky, but aren’t going to send my little ones crying back to their caregivers. This week I’m going to take the theme in a bit of a silly direction and share a bunch of pumpkin-related picture books! I’ll take a pumpkin picture book over a pumpkin spice latte any day.

  1. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  2. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
  3. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
  4. Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
  5. Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
  6. The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown
  7. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
  8. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
  9. Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
  10. Rotten Pumpkin by David M. Schwartz


  1. Neverwhere or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for that mix of comfort and the eerie.
  2. The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones. Think the villain is someone else, someone obvious and menacing and strange? Think again.
  3. Beween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Open your eyes to what is truly terrifying.
  4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Vampires, glamour, and costumes that keep being ruined by blood.
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling for the events of Halloween, on more than one year.


So my reading is a bit…non-existent at the moment. I’m not in a reading slump, I don’t think. I just have very different (but book related) things to think about at the moment. However, I am going to the library tomorrow to pick up some holds so my reading life will suddenly become interesting.

  1. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil -Melina Marchetta
    While this is not YA, I feel like it will be a crossover read and I hope to do a review on it. Marchetta is one of my fave writers and I hope this one is amazing.
  2. Gemina – Amie Kaufman et al
    The sequel to Illuminae which I quite enjoyed.
  3. Beloved Poison – E. S. Thompson
    It’s about poison, it’s Halloween….*shrug*
  4. Her Nightly Embrace – Adi Tantimedh
    A brown PI who talks to Indian gods and goddesses. What’s not to like about that?
  5. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
    Not exactly horror but I reckon Kaz has enough thrills for all of us.