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Top Ten Tuesday | All About the Spooky Stuff


Hello, fellow book nerdigans. Welcome to Finding Wonderland. If you’ve stumbled upon this space, thanks for taking the time to visit and read. We've arrived at yet another Tuesday which can only mean one thing: another edition of Top Ten Tuesday is going down.

Broke and Bookish October 25th

Halloween related freebie
– Broke and Bookish

I’m not a proponent of Halloween. It isn’t my holiday and never has been. (I'm a Christmas girl.) That said I do have a weird number of spooky reads on my bookshelf that I, admittedly, am excited to read. Or rather some I have enjoyed reading and some I would like to read still. Some of these sound spooky in wild ways, others seem like they’d be more fantasy driven than “scary.”

Speaking of spooky, have you guys seen Van Helsing (movie, not the TV show)? I just saw it last night, and yeah, I'm conflicted. I mean, for one thing it has Hugh Jackman in it. So, there's that. But on the other hand, I was left feeling a little... well, so-so about it. 

But, back on topic. (Which is all things books!) What are some of your favorite spooky reads!? Another one I’d recommend this time of year (although apparently I neglected it when putting today’s prompt together) is Lorie Langdon’s Gilt Hollow. It’s a contemporary but fits with our current theme. With that oversight somewhat remedied, I do think there's enough spooky, Gothic and daring on this list to offer a wide appeal. Plus, let's face it, these covers are kick-butt amazing with an All Hollow's Eve stamp of approval. 


1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith | If you don't mind a touch of "zany," and walk into this expecting escapism and fun, this is you're kind of read. Plus, I think everyone knows I'm pretty "obsessed" with this one. Exhibit A, exhibit B. Amazon | Goodreads 

  

2. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon | I’m not entirely sure the “why” of putting this one on this particular week’s topic. But no matter what, it’s a great little story. Plus anyone obsessed with Scotland or Outlander should definitely pick this one up. Amazon | Goodreads



3. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings | I’ve had every intention of reading this one for what seems a long time now. Lindsay is a fun social media author and I hear good things about this one – plus it sounds like a unique dystonia (albeit creepy!). Amazon | Goodreads


4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard | Since I did enjoy Susan's Truthwitch, I'm curious about this, her earlier series. It seems like it'd feature an amazing heroine if those covers are any indication. Amazon | Goodreads


5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins | It's about witches. Obviously this one practically demanded it make this week's list. Amazon | Goodreads


6. Splintered by A.G. Howard | Another one that sounds interesting! A kind of Alice in Wonderland retelling from what I understand. Amazon | Goodreads


7. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade | I know. I need to STOP talking about this one and READ it. I know. Amazon | Goodreads 


8. Defiance by C.J. Redwine | Another one I need to quit chatting up and simply read. I know. (Also, I realize this one is out of order in my video. Editing error - my apologies!) Amazon | Goodreads


9. Warm Bodies | Using the movie for this one since I've not read the book. But the film? It's darling

FILM REVIEW | Warm Bodies (2013)


10. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White | A trusted blogging buddy recommends this series, so I'm super excited to crack open its pages and see what's inside. Amazon | Goodreads

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That’s it for today’s bookish piece of epic. What are some of your favorite spooky stories to read at this time of year; do you have a favorite or one you detest? Comment down below with your lists, top ten Tuesday links (I’d be happy to visit!) or other book nerd fun. I’m looking forward to chatting with you. 

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  1. I love the concept of Van Helsing, and I wanted to like that movie (come on, Jackman and Beckinsale what's not to like?) but yeah, it turned out to be just... so so. Oh well. The Murder Complex was one I was going to read, and I've heard good things about Paranormalcy too. Just this week in fact I saw it recommended on a blog.

    Great picks!

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    1. Hi, Greg! Thanks, as always for visiting. :) Yeah, I was left with a similar reaction to Van Helsing. Like you, I really wanted to like it, but the beginning (for me) got off to a "rough" start and then that ending!? (I mean, after the silliness, it just felt... off.) But anyway, with that cast I figured it "had" to be good. It was just okay instead.

      The Murder Complex is supposed to be "bloody," but I see it around so I am curious. :)

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  2. I loved Warm Bodies! Wasn't expecting much but it is totally worth watching!

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    1. I agree, Sarah. I'm not even a zombie fan yet I thought it was darling. I don't think I was as enchanted the second time through, but I still adored it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  3. I really loved Warm Bodies but I've never read the book either! I think I liked the movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies more than I did the books but it's such a fun take on the story either way!
    Here's my TTT

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    1. I would agree, Clare. P+P+Zombies is probably at its best in film form - but then with that cast and those choreographed scenes, how could it be anything less than awesome, right!? :)

      Warm Bodies is darling.

      Thanks so much for visiting! :)

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  4. I loved Hex Hall! I've added The Murder Complex to my TBR as well.

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    1. Hooray! I'm glad to know Hex Hall is a good read. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. I keep meaning to try out Hex Hall. I do like reading about witches. I'm more of a Christmas girl too.

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    1. *high five* YAY for Christmas. (Hard to believe it's nearly here, right!?)

      Hopefully we'll both have the chance to read Hex Hall soon! :) Thanks, as always, for visiting, Chrissi.

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  6. I love Paranormalcy and Hex Hall! They were so much fun. I've had Warm Bodies on my TBR for way too long.
    My Top Ten

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    1. Wonderful. I'm so glad to know (thanks to you all!) some of these choices are great reads; thanks, Lori.

      Warm Bodies isn't one I plan to read, but I adore the film. It's 100% overflowing with cuteness. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  7. I haven't read any of these. Then again, I'm not really a scary book girl.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/10/scary-books-ill-never-read.html

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    1. I'm not read a scary book kind of girl either, Deb, but some "fantasy" or supernatural (depending on its scary level) I can handle. We'll see how it goes with this - I may need to keep the lights ON for some of them! ;)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  8. I want to read Warm Bodies too. I bought it a WHILE ago... and come to think of it, I have NO idea where that book went!! Oh well, when I find it, I will read it!! Also OMG please read The Ghost and the Goth!!! It's SOOOOO cute!! And fun and awesome!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle; I have a VERY good feeling I'm going to wonder why in the world I waited SO long to read 'Ghost/Goth' by the last page. It sounds and looks exactly like my kind of read. Here's hoping I get serious and discover its charm. :)

      I don't know if I'll read Warm Bodies or not, but I absolutely adore the film. Hope you find your book - and let me know what you think!

      Thanks, as always, for visiting. :)

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  9. Hy there :) I'm Uma.. I found your blog through Top Ten Tuesday :) I love the look of your blog! I like how pretty your list is :)
    Sad to say, I haven't read any of these books :( Paranormalcy is in my TBR but there's no time!!And yes I saw the Van Helsing movie quite sometime back and I see what you mean! I love both Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale but the movie was a bit meh.

    Uma@Books.Bags.Burgers.

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    1. Hi, Uma! Thanks so much for visiting - and for the blog follow. Welcome! Visit anytime you like, and thank you for the kind words. :)

      Here's hoping we can both read Paranormalcy soon. My book friend, Amber, liked it, so I've a good feeling it'll be a fun story. :)

      Hugh Jackman is one of my favorite actors and Kate Beckinsale owns the roles I've seen her in, but, yeah, this one was a little bit of a letdown. :/

      Thanks again for visiting! It's great to meet you. :)

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  10. I really enjoyed Warm Bodies. It was a sweet zombie romance. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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    1. True that! As my author friend once said, Warm Bodies is a zomromcom, which totally fits. :) Happy to! Thank you for the return visit, Jess.

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  11. Haven't read a single book on your list, but I HAVE seen Van Helsing. And yeah... it was fun, but only so-so. Even with the presence of dear Hugh Jackman.

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    1. I haven't read most of these either, Rachel. *sigh* There are TOO many books, and not enough time.

      I think I went into Van Helsing and was all about, "YES! This is going to be a crazy but really fun popcorn flick." (Most of the time that's my highest standard - because I look to be entertained.) Instead, I felt so-so throughout most of it and yeah, then, that ending. It felt misplaced given the tone of the film. But, yeah, Hugh Jackman was, as always, great. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  12. I'm not a big Halloween girl either, much more of a Christmas girl too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/top-ten-tuesday-80/

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    1. YAY for Christmas. How unbelievable is it that we're THIS close?!

      Thanks for visiting, JJ!

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  13. I really enjoyed Splintered and I quite fancy giving Doon a read.

    My TTT

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    1. Doon is a light, happy escapism read, Louise, and I love that. Plus it has a really nice friendship ingrained in the story which is, in my experience, unusual for fiction. :)

      Hope you enjoy - and thanks for visiting!

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  14. I love Hex Hall! It's one of my favorite paranormal series I've read. Great list!

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    1. Hi, Fiona! Yay! I'm glad to know this; many of you have said Hex Hall is a good read, so I must make haste and read it. :)

      Appreciate you visiting. :)

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  15. I have not read ANYTHING so I can't tell you much. Though I do want to get to Something Strange and Deadly, especially since the new covers will be coming out! And I loved the Warm Bodies movie, it was kind of cute hahah.

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    1. Really?! I hadn't heard Something Strange and Deadly had new covers! Or if I did, I'd forgotten. ;) I'll have to see which I like better before collecting the rest in this series. Warm Bodies is adorbs.:)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Valerie.

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  16. Just had to say that I love this post! Very fun!! You should read Paranormalcy. I think you'd get a kick out of it and it's a favorite of mine. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tressa - and I'm so excited about Paranormalcy. I've been told great things so I'm anticipating discovering it. :)

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