Top Ten Tuesday: Trick or Treat

Posted October 27, 2015 by meezcarrie in Betty Ren Wright, Carolyn Keene, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Nickerson, Lynette Eason, Nancy Drew, Nora Roberts, Top Ten Tuesday / 98 Comments


*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

Welcome to a Halloween-themed freebie week here on Top Ten Tuesday.  Now, I need to preface this post by saying that I’m so not into creepy or gory or vampires.  So if you’re looking for books like that, you might want to check out the other blogs on the link-up this week.  However, I do love a good ghost story, particularly if said ghost orchestrates a romance while they are about their ghosting.  And magical realism is right up my alley!  Still… in looking at the suggested topics for today’s post, I knew I wouldn’t be able to come up with ten things for any one of the given ideas.  So instead I’m doing a hodge-podge, an assorted bag of candy if you will (just to send the trick or treat theme toward a grisly end).

best ghost story

the inn boonsboro novels

The Inn Boonsboro books are a trilogy based on the inn that Nora Roberts herself owns.

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Along the way, the brothers encounter a ghost with an intriguing past and a penchant for matchmaking. 

Books in the series:

The Next Always

The Last Boyfriend

The Perfect Hope

All the Lights

dollhouse murders

Seriously. This book.  Creeped me out as a kid, creeped me out as an adult.  But boy is it good lol.

Amy is terrified. She hears scratching and scurrying noises coming from the dollhouse, and the dolls she was playing with are not where she left them. Dolls can’t move by themselves, she tells herself. But every night when Amy goes into the attic to check on the dollhouse, it is flled with an eerie light and the dolls have moved again! Are the dolls trying to tell her something? Are their movements connected to the grisly murders of her own great-grandparents? In a spine-chilling climax, Amy and her sister unravel the secrets of the petrifying dollhouse murders.

Creepiest villain

strands of bronze and gold

Monsieur Bernard de Cressac (Bluebeard)

Dude needs some counseling.

most chilling case

when a heart stops

When a Heart Stops is actually the second book in my very favorite suspense series, Deadly Reunions. You must go back and read the books in order because they all tie together, but this second book has the most chilling case of the three, in my opinion.  It made me think of The Dollhouse Murders so maybe that biased me a little lol.

The first book – When the Smoke Clears – is free on Amazon right now!

best amateur sleuth

lilac inn nancy drew

Nancy Drew.  Duh. 🙂

dreamiest amateur sleuth

Ok. So technically Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t the sleuth – Sherlock Holmes is. But y’all.  I could listen to Benedict Cumberbatch read a phone book and be perfectly content 🙂

fave wizard


There is no way I could ever decide between Dumbledore and Gandalf so I am declaring a tie.

fave witch

hermione reading

Hermione Granger. Again, duh. 🙂

favorite monster book

the monster at the end


If you have never read it, you are missing out.

Don’t tell my nephew this, but I totally bought a copy the other day to read to him the next time I get to see him.  Granted, he’s only 5 months old but he lives 6 hours away.  You can never be too prepared lol.

Book I Refuse To Read


Of course, there was really only one option for this category lol.

Stephen King + my vivid imagination = not a good combination for peaceful sleep

For further reasons, see my opening paragraph 😉

What about you? What books would you pick for some of these categories?

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98 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Trick or Treat

  1. Amanda

    This is a wonderful list! I love that Gandalf and Dumbledore had to tie. 🙂 Hermoine is also a great pick for favorite witch.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome list! I definitely agree with Sherlock <3 and I don't think I've heard of The Dollhouse Murders before (and I probably won't pick it up because I'm too much of a chicken lol)

  3. Creating-Serenity

    I love your list! That Nancy Drew pick gave me all the feels! I used to collect those. I may have to start again 😀

  4. Haha, what a great post! I haven’t read any of these, but I’ll have to check out a few of them that look interesting! (Though I probably won’t be reading Carrie either lol.)

  5. Angela @ Angela's Library

    I forgot all about The Dollhouse Murders until I saw it on your list – that book scared the pants off of me! To be honest, just thinking about it right now gives me the heebie jeebies. 😛

  6. Nancy Drew, yes! I was so creeped out by some of the books when I was a kid. Gah, now I want to do a Nancy Drew marathon! 😀 And BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH MY LOVE! I live for Sherlock. That show is my favorite ever. I could listen to Ben read the phone book, too, and be entranced. And Dumbledore and Gandalf are equally awesome and I agree that you can’t choose just one. And finally, I chuckled at the last category. I want to read Carrie, but I also don’t want to read Carrie… It’s a classic but, eh… I don’t know… Haha. Great list!

  7. Magical realism is right up my alley too! But I absolutely cannot deal with ghosts. It’s the one thing that I’m really terrified of (also, zombies). Just thinking about it now sends shivers down my spine, literally!

  8. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic

    Great list! The Dollhouse Murders sounds really good! And I can’t choose between Gandalf and Dumbledore either. 🙂

  9. I like how you broke it down with different themes rather than all the books under one topic –smart!

    Nancy Drew is the best amateur sleuth! =)

    After Hermoine, I’d pick Samantha Stephens from the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched” –Elizabeth Montgomery one of my favorite “60s actress/idol” after Audrey Hepburn. 😉

    “The Monster at the End of This Book” came up when I was looking for “monster” picture books for a library storytime session. I thought that those “interactive” picture books were a more recent trend, but apparently they were doing it 20 years ago!

    For picture books I’d recommend looking at: “Love Monster” series by Rachel Bright, “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, “Monster Princess” by D.J. MacHale …

    Also, thanks for the heads up on Lynette Eason’s free Kindle book!

  10. I had the monster book as a kid, but had completely forgotten about it until I saw it in your post. I love when that happens!
    And I should really read Strands of Bronze and Gold. Creepy fairy tale retellings are my bread and butter, and Bluebeard is my favorite.

  11. Great list! I’m going to have to look into some of these as I had never heard of them. I think you should try to read Carrie. It’s such a great book!

  12. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    I read the Nora Roberts series and I really liked it. I agree with your wizard and witch, although there is a ton of the to choose from. I’ve never read any book by King, they scare me to death! Great list!

  13. I know what you mean about not liking things that are creepy or gory. I mean, I love Halloween, but I also like being able to sleep – and my imagination is way too active. Anyway, I’m definitely curious about the Nora Roberts series – a matchmaking ghost has grabbed my attention – and I loved seeing Nancy Drew here for best amatuer sleuth – of course, who else could it be?

    • the Nora Roberts series is really really good! And yeah, of course, there are other great amateur sleuths but there’s none as great as Nancy Drew 🙂

  14. THERE’S A MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK!!! I mean, way to give away the ending in the title, Grover! 😛 I loved your take on this week’s theme!

  15. Pfft, Dumbledore who? My favorite of the various professors was always McGonagal. But I guess she would be best witch, and she doesn’t beat Hermione, so…and I love that you mentioned Nancy Drew. She was the one who introduced me to mystery, and I still have a soft spot for her.

    Thanks for stopping by Writing on Vintage Typewriter!

  16. Such a fun Halloween themed list! Totally agree on Benedict Cumberbatch (so dreamy!) and Hermione. I need to check out that darling Sesame Street book–it looks so cute! Thanks for stopping by my post earlier 🙂

  17. Great choice for this weeks list. I too could not even consider reading Carry, just having the book in my room would give me nightmares (ok, maybe that’s a little extreme, but that cover if FREAKY!)
    Great choice of favourite wizards and witch too, it is an impossible choice between Gandolf and Dumbledore, so I wont hold that against you!
    I actually just went on Goodreads to check out Strands of Bronze and Gold and found that it’s already on my TBR. The MC does sound creepy but at the same time I am very intrigued!
    Happy reading 🙂

  18. This is such a fun list! I love the way you did it. And the Grover book is too cute 🙂 I am not much into gore myself, so I understand where you’re coming from. I think I have read one Nancy Drew book, when Claudia from The Baby-Sitters Club was into them hahah. I was mostly bored 😉 Great choices!

  19. This list is fantastic! I love all your different categories. Obviously Nancy Drew and Benedict are highlights for me. The Monster at the End of this Book is simply the best. I read it to my boys AND I have an interactive book app for it on my iPad. My 8 year old son STILL loves to read it on there.

    Dumbledore wins favorite wizard for me. 🙂

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