Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl come January 2018. It was made through the love of lists, books and to bring readers together.
I know I’ve mentioned this many times before but it still stands: I have never been frightened by a book despite many films and visuals having made me feel uneasy and I also know I haven’t read nearly enough hard core horror books despite the fact I keep meaning to 😛 I had to think and look at the books I have read to see the ones other readers have said are scary but I didn’t think so, not that I found these books bad or anything, they were still suspenseful and intriguing just that I wasn’t spooked by them in any way. I so so so need to read more horror as I love the darker and more disturbing books especially at this time of year with the nights closing in and all 😉 Here are the books I should have been but haven’t been scared by!
Leaving Poppy by Kate Cann
I first came across this by chance in my library and the vague blurb had me intrigued so I had to give it a try. It was alright and I did see some scenes I can understand why others found disturbing, it was basically an average paranormal story for me. I will read more from this author tho!
Say Her Name by James Dawson
Even I must admit that cover is a little bit creepy though unfortunately for me the story inside wasn’t remotely so. Dumb characters and a plot that seemed to focus more on their daily lives as well as a stupid WTF ending made this quite a boring read for me that I had to skim through in the end. Maybe YA isn’t the right place for me to look for truly terrifying reads.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
I will put it straight here that I did not enjoy this book at all never mind be frightened or disturbed by it Lots of other readers have been raving about this and the movie saying it is a true classic though I just found it one big snorefest with little redeeming qualities and no edge to the ghostly parts. I will read more from this author despite my opinions of this book though even now I fail to see what has entrapped so many people with this story.
Nocturnal by Scott Sigler
Now this is a book I did like a lot and I can definitely see here why others have listed this as horror and why so many have called this disturbing as this book was quite hard core. I wasn’t scared by anything as such, though the suspense and action did get me really involved with the story and characters with the only thing I didn’t really like was the ending. Still a recommended dark paranormal read though!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Soooo many people and featured reviews have said this book was terrifying though when I read it all I really saw was a suspenseful childrens adventure. Nothing here made me want to look over my shoulder or give me chills, in fact I even found some aspects of this boring. This is definitely an author I will look out for in the future though here I still do wonder what about this book has frightened so many…
The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman
There were some really dark scenes in this book dealing with many disturbing fears as the title suggests and while I did enjoy reading about everyone’s fears, I was never properly afraid even though I read a lot of this at night and could see a lot of reasons why others would be afraid. I like Blackman’s writing style a lot and wish she’d write more especially this paranormal type of fiction as she is good at it!
IT by Stephen King
Maybe many will guffaw when I say I wasn’t frightened by this Stephen King book that has many film adaptations made on, but it’s true, while this story was fully engaging and I loved getting into the characters stories and learning about IT itself, there wasn’t really anything here that frightened me 😮 It is guaranteed that I will read many more books by this author, that is a promise I will certainly keep 🙂
I will say again and again that I need to read more horror fiction and I definitely promise to! Have you read any of these books? Have you ever been thoroughly frightened by any books? 😉