Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Happy Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I decided to just do this once a month because I'm still too lazy to post weekly and I'm still too busy reading anyway.

This week's topic is just in time for Halloween! I chose to write about the "Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit." The five books are already in my next-to-be-read list. I've even started reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux this week. For the movies, I'm a fan of Guillermo Del Toro and I'm excited to have a movie marathon of his works this November!

Here's my list:

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books to Read to Get in the Halloween Spirit

1. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
From Goodreads: "Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity."

2. Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
From Goodreads: "In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."

3. Horns by Joe Hill
From Goodreads: "At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real."

4. Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
From Goodreads: "Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention – with amorous or sinister intent – relentlessly. From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favourite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with . . . or to fear. Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it."

5. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
From Goodreads: "So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late."

Top Ten Tuesdays: Movies to Watch to Get in the Halloween Spirit

6. Hellboy
From Wikipedia: "Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola. It was produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is about a demonic beast, known as Hellboy, who secretly works to keep the world safe from paranormal threats with his team, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense."

7. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
From Wikipedia; "Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and is a sequel to the 2004 film Hellboy, which del Toro also directed. Ron Perlman reprises his starring role as the eponymous character."

8. The Orphanage
From Wikipedia: "The Orphanage (Spanish: El Orfanato) is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger Príncep as their adopted son Simón. The plot centers on Laura, who returns to her childhood home, an orphanage. Laura plans to turn the house into a home for disabled children, but a problem arises when she and Carlos realize that Simón believes he has a masked friend named Tomás with whom he will run away. After an argument with Laura, Simón is found to be missing."

9. The Devil's Backbone
From Wikipedia: "The Devil's Backbone (Spanish: El espinazo del diablo) is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar, and filmed in Madrid. The film is set in Spain, 1939, during the final year of the Spanish Civil War. Del Toro considers it his most personal film."

10. The Shining
From Wikipedia: "The Shining is a 1980 British-Americanpsychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. The film is based onStephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, though there are significant changes."

If I have to dress up for Halloween, I'd go for a Wednesday Addams, Margaery Tyrell, Belle of the Disney Princesses, Daenerys Targaryen or Hermione Granger costume. I don't have a Halloween party to go to though, I'd just be in the cemetery all night, with my books and movies, he-he.

What's your Top Ten for this Tuesday? Drop a link in the comments! 


  1. Love the Devil's Backbone and the Orphanage. Great Halloween choices

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  2. Ah, I love Hellboy! :) Great list!

  3. I'm a del Toro fan too! I just watched Pan's Labyrinth for the possibly 30th time. My list:

  4. I really want to read Asylum and Sanctum, I heard some great things about it and I'm excited because I've never read any illustrated book. I've been meaning to read Fairy Tales and Nightmares but I keep putting it aside, maybe this Halloween. I can't wait to watch The Orpehnage, the story sounds wonderful and it has a great rating on IMDb.
    Great list!
    My TTT:

  5. The Orphanage gave me the creeps. I had a hard time watching it. Good pick.
    Here is my Top Ten:


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