Oh gosh it’s been forever since I’ve had a Top Ten Tuesday. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s meme is about the top 10 Halloween reads! Now I don’t read that much horror or scary books but gothic books are really interesting. According to Wikipedia, Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror, death and Romanticism. And I haven’t read that many gothic novels either, but here are my top ten gothic and also thriller books I have read, or want to read soon.
#1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Surely everyone knows this book, and you all must know how much I love this book. Jane Eyre is probably my most favourite classic novel ever and if you look to its Goodreads page its main genres are classics and romance, but it is also a gothic book. This piece of literature is probably sorted into gothic because of the setting of the place and how scary it is at night, and the mystery shrouding the house where Jane Eyre lives. I love how this novel really describes some of the scenes creepily, but some scenes sweetly. I would also like to recommend the 2011 movie starring Mia Waskiowska, it’s quite creepy. Not exactly horror, but it does have some parts where you’re just covering your eyes with suspense and fear.
#2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Another popular classics, and this book that can be classified as a gothic slash horror slash thriller! I don’t remember when was the last time I read this book, but I’m pretty sure it was a long time ago. And I’ve quite forgotten about the whole story. But I remember feeling quite scared about the story and the premise itself. A very thrilling read.
#3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is so popular among book reviewers lately and I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. The series is actually more of a paranormal young adult and it’s not scary at all. Well, some parts of some books might be a little mysterious and some might give you goosebumps and all, but it’s mostly a harmless young adult series. But while you’re reading this book you’ll really feel the tone of mystery and anticipation. It’s not a horror book and it doesn’t involve scary monsters or anything, but it’s still a great read during this time of the month.
#4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I read the first book of the series sometime this year because of all the hype and fame surrounding it. Everyone kept saying how creepy it is and I do admit, the cover looks terrifying. And I was so intrigued by the cover, I didn’t even read the synopsis and just started reading it. And well, I disliked it. It wasn’t creepy or scary or gothic at all. It was far from that. It has terrible characters – none of whom I really liked or really stuck to me, the plot was awful and weird, and in the end I almost just skimmed through the last pages just to get it overwith.
I have no offence for anyone who likes the series and all, but it’s just not for me. It’s not like what I expected – it doesn’t have any parts that will give you goosebumps or scary things that will keep you up at night. This book feels like a good example of luring people to buy the book through their cover. And if you like the series, fine. I’m glad you found something you liked about it. But I’m sure I won’t be continuing with the series, and for me, although this was shelved as a gothic book, I disagree and I think this is not a scary or gothic book at all.
#5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Another horror classic! Dracula is a super famous character that you can see practically everywhere. It’s amazing how a novel can really affect the next generation’s literature. From movies to books to tv shows, so many kinds of entertainment have incorporated this vampire figure into their ideas. This is a book that I have never read before but I am definitely planning on reading this soon, I even listed it in my October TBR. Sadly, I didn’t get to read it this month 😦
#6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I read the short version this book in middle school and I regret not reading it in the original version. I’m pretty sure I will try to read it soon. This is another super famous classics, and I’m sure you all know the story. It’s also another novel that has elements of romance in it but also some scary stuff inside as well. I would love to read this soon.
#7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Another novel by the Bronte sisters! I’ve never read anything by Emily Bronte, but I’m planning to change that, and since this is her only novel, I’m so excited to read it! The novel is quite famous and there are many movie adaptations that have been made, but I have never really known the story of this novel.
#8. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This book is a mystery and thriller novel which I don’t really know about. All I know is that many people have been recommending it and it seems thrilling and will make you shiver with how scary it is, which I really like.
#9. The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
As I mentioned in one of my “book hauls”, I bought a copy of this book secondhand and at first I didn’t know anything about the story, but after further research I found out that this is a gothic/thriller fiction and it sounds so interesting, I just can’t help but buy it! The story is about a man whose identity was stolen by his doppelganger, and it’s a gothic mystery thriller.
#10. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
This novel is a mystery/crime, adult literary fiction, which I don’t read that much but is a very interesting genre that I want to read about more. I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I feel like I won’t be disappointed. I’m actually really interested to buy this book soon!
Well that is my list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What do you think of the books mentioned above? Have you read any of them? Did you like any of them or want to read some? Tell me what you think down below! See you later on the next TTT!