Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Halloween freebie” so I decided to talk about my top 10 “monster” books.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker: our Dracula readalong is finishing up at the end of this month, and I am having a great time rereading this book. It’s a frustrating story at times but it holds up astonishingly well 120 years after publication. If you want a scary, suspenseful, sexy vampire read, this is where it’s at.
- Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant: Feed, Deadline, and Blackout make up this zombie trilogy in a world where bloggers are the elite journalists in a world trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Georgia and Shaun Mason are a sister/brother blogging duo that are covering a presidential candidate campaign while also finding time to investigate zombie outbreaks. THESE BOOKS ARE AMAZING AND TERRIFYING and I love George and Shaun so much.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman: A little girl is really angry with her parents and ends up in a mirrored version of her world where everyone has button eyes. At first she loves it and then everything goes downhill really fast. This book is incredibly creepy and atmospheric, with really fantastic characters. Buttons, man.
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: Cas hunts down homicidal ghosts and, well, kills them. But when he is spared by homicidal ghost Anna, he is determined to figure out why and ends up investigating Anna’s murder. This book is very unconventional for a YA paranormal and Anna is one of my favorite scary girls.
- World War Z by Max Brooks: FYI this is completely unlike the movie and does not star Brad Pitt. It’s sort of a short story collection, as it features “survivor stories” from all over the world from the beginning of the zombie outbreak to the end of it. It’s really fantastic, shows how various countries react to the outbreak and shows all the different varieties of being killed by or escaping from a zombie.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: This is a Halloween-ish retelling of the Jungle Book, set in a graveyard and centered on a boy that has been raised by ghosts. It’s beautiful.
- Reboot by Amy Tintera: Whoops, another zombie book. This one is more of a dystopia, where the “zombies” are less human the more time that passed from their death to their “reboot.” The protagonist is a girl who stayed dead much longer than any other Reboot, and so is considered more monstrous than others, but also faster and stronger. Zombie girl meets zombie boy love-story-thriller.
- Monstrous Affections ed. by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant: This is a short story collection full of absolutely amazing authors. It makes this list because of Sarah Rees Brennan’s incredible story about a half-harpy boy, but there are plenty of other great ones, eg Holly Black’s, Patrick Ness’, etc.
- Beowulf by Anonymous: Features two monsters, a dragon, a scary dark pool, and lots of limb loss and death.
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: This is my favorite “is she crazy or is there an actual ghost????!!!11” story by one of my favorite authors. It’s short and creepy and perfect.