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Down the TBR Hole: Horror Edition

Easily one of my most favorite memes ever, Down the TBR Hole is such a blast! Not only does this feature help shrink my ever-growing TBR list, it aids me in reevaluating my bookish tastes. Originally created by Lia at Lost in a Story, the rules for this fun meme are simple:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by ascending date added
  • Take at least the first five books
  • Read the synopses of the books – which I personally don’t do, as I explain in Synopsis Free – I enjoy being surprised by a book’s content too much!
  • Decide: keep it or toss it

P.S. Lia has since moved to a new blog, Sunflowers and Wonder.

In the spirit of October and of course, Halloween, this installment, my first on The Wispy Reader, is dedicated to the horror genre!

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Honestly, I don’t know why I wouldn’t adore this book: after all, I love the movie adaptation! I also loved the series based on the story, Bates Motel. Anyhow, I’m excited to scare myself with this sure-to-be creepy read!

The Verdict:

Make me psychotic.

Carrie by Stephen King

Another tale that I have only seen the movie adaptation of, Stephen King’s Carrie is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I think the creepiest part of the movie, at least, is poor Carrie’s insanely religious mother – and I mean INSANE!

The Verdict:

Can’t wait to meet you, Carrie!

The Shining by Stephen King

More Stephen King! LOL! Yet another movie adaptation I’ve seen, but have neglected to read the book thus far, The Shining has been on my TBR list for ages. I heard recently that King was extremely disappointed in the film version, as he felt it does not capture the essence of the story. I’m anxious to find out what the differences are between the screen and written versions!

The Verdict:

Shine on, you crazy diamond.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

How could I possibly drop the horror classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley?! One thing I find incredibly interesting is the origin story behind Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein. From what I remember, Shelley, her husband, and another author challenged each other to write a horror story, and thus was born Frankenstein!

The Verdict:

Call me Magenstein.

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

A nonfiction serial killer story totally deserves to be among the books featured here! Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me tells the true story of Rule working alongside the infamous Ted Bundy, all the while ignorant of his demonic true self.

The Verdict:

Rule me in.

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

Lo and behold, it’s another nonfiction horror story – the infamous tale of Charles Manson and his ‘family’ murdering innocent people in their own homes. Manson’s cult personality fascinates me – as in I can’t imagine having the scary ability to control others, especially to the point of driving them to murder.

The Verdict:

Scare me silly.

It by Stephen King

Wow, Mag, you’ve got a LOT of Stephen King on your TBR list! But, what else can you expect from a master scary storyteller?! I’ve seen the original movie and part one of the remake and they both left me hungry for more story, background story, to be precise!

The Verdict:

Clown me in.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho has been on my TBR list since I saw the movie version YEARS ago. While I love the big screen adaptation, I’m hopeful that the book will be even creepier; the movie is creepy, but a bit campy.

The Verdict:

I’m proud to be an American!

Halloween Party by R.L. Stine

I’m practically a lifelong fan of R.L. Stine; the Goosebumps and Fear Street are two of my favorite series of all time – and I certainly haven’t outgrown them! With most of the other books on this list being pretty long – It clocks in at over 1100 pages! – Halloween Party will be a refreshing retreat!

The Verdict:

I’ll be at the party!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Although I have zero clue as to what Ness’ scary story is about, I know I want to read it – just look at that creep show cover! I have heard nothing but positive reviews of A Monster Calls and Ness’ work in general. I’m excited to break the spine on this one!

The Verdict:

Call on me.

Scared shitless, Maggie


2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole: Horror Edition

  1. That is a lot of horror on your TBR. I haven’t read any King yet but maybe I will. My boyfriend has a shortstory book at home I could borrow. 😅
    A monster calls is not really a horror book if I recall it correctly. It’s more about grief but very good and it’ll fit right in this season. 😊


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