Falling for Fall: Top Ten Tuesday

September 17, 2013 Dystopian, E-Readers, Frightening, Mystery, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday 62

Good Day, Bookworms!

It’s the middle of September now, so I’m feeling very Autumnal. Luckily, the ladies of The Broke and The Bookish seem to be feeling this way, too! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday listy goodness is the top ten books we plan to read this fall.


Halloween is just around the corner, and this year to celebrate I thought I’d do some spooky reading. I know what you’re thinking. “Katie, you are afraid of everything and you are setting yourself up for a month of nightmares, you big chickeny chicken face!” You’re right. But I’m gonna do it anyway! Let’s get our creepy on!

1. The Passage by Justin Cronin. It’s October’s Fellowship of the Worms selection! Zombie/vampire hybrids? Yep. Nightmares. But at least we’re doing this TOGETHER!

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker. This is THE classic vampire novel. How have I managed this long without having read this book? It seems so terribly wrong…

3. The Walkng Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. The new season of The Walking Dead Β begins in October and I’m so excited! I got a copy of this book at BlogHer13 after watching Gale Anne Hurd’s kickass keynote. ZOMBIES!


4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I’m trying to incorporate some more classics into my literary diet and it’s spooktacular. (I know. I am already kicking myself for using such a dumb phrase. My shins shall be so very bruised…)

5. Feed by Mira Grant. ZOMBIES! I’ve heard great things about this series, so I’m pretty stoked about it. Braaaaaaaains. Om nom nom!

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Halloween brings out the kid in me, why not indulge in a creepy kid’s story? Everybody loves the classic “kid raised by wolves ghosts” tale!


7. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Aliens and religion. When you dig deep into religion you get into some secretive, scandalous, and mysterious tidbits. Add aliens?! Well. I mean, ALIENS! (I love ET. That doesn’t have a whole lot to do with anything, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of aliens. I cannot watch that movie without crying. He’s like a weird ugly otherwordly chihuahua.)

8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. I’m SUPER annoyed that I can’t get it for my kindle yet. Ugh. Seriously, people. I love me some digital books. I haven’t got the storage space to bring more physical books into my house. It seems exceptions will have to be made, but not without a little grumbling. Grumble grumble grumble…

9. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Duuuuuuuuuuun dun dun dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun! Sorry, sorry. It just got a little Andrew Lloyd Weber up in here. I would like to read this ghostly little tidbit though. I hear that no one tells a story like Gaston, so…

10. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. What is scarier than the end of the world, dude?! Let’s do this thing!

What are your plans for the fall, bookworms? A little bit of frightful fare for the spooky season? Tell me about it!

62 Responses to “Falling for Fall: Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. Megan M.

    The only one on the list I’ve read is The Graveyard Book, which I didn’t find too scary. I’ve heard so many good things about The Passage but I don’t know if I actually want to read it… I’m a major chicken about getting scared, but then every once in a while I go through a phase where I want to read spooky stuff. The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff was a pretty good ghost story that I read recently.

  2. Ashley F

    I love doing Horror themed books around fall. I usually start late September and go right up to Halloween. I’ve got about 5 on my list to read! There shall be no sleeping for the next month!

  3. Ciara_H

    I have Rebecca on my list too. I hope to read the Graveyard Book at some point this year and the Woman in White is on my TBR pile.

  4. Lindsay

    I’m reading The Passage right now! The story is just coming together and there’s not a lot of action yet, but it’s already a page-turner! I read The Age of Miracles earlier this year and enjoyed it. Hope you like it too!

  5. kristinshafel

    I have Rebecca on my Eclectic Reader challenge as my pick for the “romantic suspense” category. I think I’ll borrow it from the library… I really can’t buy any more books for a while!! Happy reading πŸ™‚

  6. Rory

    Dracula is always perfect this time of year! And Rebecca is worth grumbling about. It’s one of my favorites.

    I finally finished Walking Dead, Season One and I’m about to start Walking Dead, Season Two. I’ve heard it’s slow. I’m hoping to eventually catch up to the rest of the world so that I can get excited and watch it too!

  7. Charleen

    Wow, some great stuff on your list! I’m excited that I’ve already ready The Passage! So I won’t fail on my Fellowshiping three months in a row! Also, yay Feed!

    (Wow, that’s a lot of exclamation points… let’s bring this down a notch…)

    Dracula, The Woman in White, Rebecca… all on my TBR… I’ll probably get to Rebecca before the other two because I’m a weenie about things written pre-1900.

    • Words for Worms

      I love exclamation points!!!!!!!!! I overuse them constantly! I think my online persona is a little bit like Lucy on Vitameatavegamin. “I’m a happy, peppy person!” Don’t worry, I’m not this overwhelming in person.

  8. Jayne

    You’re venturing into a lot of my reading territory (mystery/thriller, with a little supernatural thrown in on occasion)! There are several on this list that I’ve read and enjoyed… The Passage, Dracula, Woman in White, Rebecca… I’m excited to read your reviews!

  9. Sarah Says Read

    Katie this list has me all smiles! FEED, omg it’s so good. So, so good. And I’m excited for The Passage! And The Woman in White! For reals, too much goodness on this list.

  10. Bonnie R (Sweet Tidbits)

    Oh my gosh Feed is fantastic, The Passage is one of my all-time favorites, Rebecca is also fantastic and The Age of Miracles is a crazy post-apocalyptic story. FABULOUS list! I also have yet to read The Woman in White but I’m also doing a big creepy read event all month long so I might try to include that one too..

  11. Liesel Hill

    Great list, Katie! I’m planning to re-read Dracula this fall too. The Passage is a very heavy read, but worth it. I was totally enthralled. Can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 now. πŸ˜€

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  12. Samantha

    It’s funny, I started reading the list and was thinking, “Rebecca, please say Rebecca!” and you did. I started reading it a few years ago, but got busy and didn’t pick it up again. We actually studied the movie in English (quarter system, not enough time to read the book and the others we were supposed to) and I thought it was really good. Still need to read the book, though. It was supposed to be an introduction to what a gothic romance was, then we followed it up with Northanger Abbey, which makes fun of gothic romances. πŸ˜›

    I am also looking forward to diving into Phantom of the Opera. I got it for free on Kindle and I’m just looking for the right time to read it. Have been doing some readalongs and I am terrible at reading more than one book at once, apparently. πŸ™‚

    • Words for Worms

      Hahahaha I’ve been meaning to read Northanger Abbey for a while, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it more having read the type of novel it mocks! πŸ™‚ I’m awful at reading more than one book at a time. I’d love to participate in more readalongs but they throw off my brain groove.

  13. Wayne

    *Dracula* by Bram Stoker I had to struggle through in junior high or high school, I don’t remember which. I found it kind of boring especially compared to the movie with the great Bela Lugosi. Another Gaiman book? Good grief, I’m still working on *Neverwhere* which I confess is an interesting book. Much better than Stephen King’s later novels.

      • Wayne

        Just have garlic ready to drive the vampire away and a good size cross. If Lucy had only had a stun gun it might have ended differently πŸ˜‰

    • Words for Worms

      I’m jealous of my 14 year old cousin because he totally has an autographed copy of The Graveyard Book. My only consolation is that he didn’t get to attend the signing because he had school. Take that, teen cousin! I’m just kidding. I love that kid.

  14. bookgeeking

    The only one I have even heard of is the Graveyard book, started it a few years ago, did not finish it unfortunately, I am not too keen on his writing style, would like to try and finish it though the story is intriguing and I want to know how it ends.

    • Words for Worms

      Neil Gaiman is hit or miss for a lot of people. He’s usually a hit for me, but you know how it is. Opinions are like… Well. You know the expression πŸ˜‰

      • bookgeeking

        Ye, I tried another of his books and was the same although I love the film. It’s just his style and me do not mix, I do want to like him though the stories are good.

  15. caitlinstern

    The Newsflesh trilogy is pretty amazing. A version of the zombie outbreak that’s dang scary, too. Age of Miracles is an interesting end of the world… a slow build up, instead of a bang.

  16. Leah

    Rebecca is on my reading list for the fall, too! Nothing like some creepy gothic reads during the Hallowed season.

    Yaaaay for The Age of Miracles! It’s one of my favorite books, and I hope you love it!

  17. lostinliterature108

    Sigh….every time I read your blog my TBR list gets longer and longer….now I’ve added Rebecca and Neverwhere.

    Anyway, to answer your question, my goal is to finish The Stand by Oct. 31. So…that counts as spooky, right? Not ghostly, but apocalyptic. It’s STEPHEN KING, that always counts as some level of “dark”.

  18. Lori

    Loved Rebecca! If I reread books this would definitely be one I would visit again. It’s the only one I’ve read on your list but definitely interested in Phantom of the Opera and Woman in White. I don’t do horror/zombie stuff but our friend Rory has me tempted to try another Steven King. Maybe something like a psychological thriller as opposed to blood and gore.

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