Top Ten Tuesdays is an original feature created by The Broke and The Bookish and you can find their page here. Since this week was a Halloween Freebie we decided to go for ghost stories. For some reason when I think of Halloween, ghosts are the first things that come to mind. They're the supernatural creature I'm most afraid of and the books I gravitate towards most often. So here are our choices.
1) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Clare: Ann has chosen this as her next Classic to read. I believe this was the second Henry James story I ever read (the first being Daisy Miller) and it was the one that really convinced me to keep reading him. I didn't sleep at all after finishing this because I was convinced there were ghosts everywhere!
2) Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Clare: I read her Drake chronicles first and enjoyed them but I think she is far better at Historical fiction - particularly that involving ghosts! I wasn't especially scared by this but there was a definite atmosphere to the book.
3) The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Clare: Simone St. James is a recent discovery for me and I would include all of her books if I could but that seems like cheating. This is her first book so I chose this since they all scared me. I also love the historical details and the romances in these books.
4) The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Clare: Another new discovery for me. This was less creepy (at least on the ghost side - the historical side is terrifying) but I really loved the atmosphere and the writing.
5) The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Clare: I didn't love the ending of this one but I did love the ghostly elements, especially at the beginning.
6) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Clare: I never got around to reading the sequel because my local library didn't have a copy but I really liked this first book. I loved how dangerous the ghosts were.
7) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Clare: I love this series and I can hardly wait for the next book. The ghosts in this are great but it's the ghost hunters who are really what I love about this series.
8) The Diviners by Libba Bray
Clare: Definitely on the side of the creepy. This was the first "scary" book I really read, I am an easily scared person so I tend to avoid them but I love this series. The books are really long but I always read them so fast because they are exciting. It kills me how long the wait for the next book will be!
9) The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Ann: This was an amazing book, I read the first chapter in school and asked by teacher if I could borrow the book so I could read the rest because I loved it.