Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top Ten Scariest Books

10. The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

9. The Stand by Stephen King

8. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

 7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

6. Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo

5. Charles Perrault's French Fairy Tales

4. Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

3. Nothing by Janne Teller

2. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

1. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

You can see that the things that really scare me are not vampires and werewolves.

What are your scariest books?



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29 comments:

Luvvie said...

Great list....so many books I don't know...I was going to say The Road....definitely the scariest book I've ever read....and yes, We Need to Talk about Kevin was pretty scary too.

Loni said...

Nice list. I really aught to read The Stand the The Road.

Brenna said...

I really want to read We Need To Talk About Kevin. I loved The Post-Birthday World.

brandileigh2003 said...

Great list- I posted mine on my blog.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Straylights said...

I never thought about reading The Road until today. I must see what all the hype is about!


My Top Ten

Ti said...

The Road was very disturbing. I'm not sure it scared me, but it was bleak and hard to swallow in some places.

Let's see.... the books that scared me in no particular order:

IT by Stephen King
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Life as we Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

There was also a non fiction book about homeless women that I cannot remember the name of, but it basically said that women are one paycheck away from being homeless and it discussed three cases where women had jobs, but were living in uhaul trucks and the like because they didn't have enough money to put down on an apt. That book scared the hell out of me!

danya said...

Ooooh, Nothing's a good pick - quite disturbing psychologically!

Sarah said...

What a diverse and interesting list!! :D

Bibliophile said...

Good list. The Road is going on my TBR list.

smellincoffee said...

So much Stephen King on peoples' list!

La Coccinelle said...

Tadpole's Promise? Is that supposed to be scary?

readerbuzz said...

Tadpole's Promise is a book I used to read to the kids occasionally at Valentine's Day. Read the blurb about it and then find a copy. Especially horrifying to sixth grade girls, I've found.

Red said...

In Cold Blood, nice! I forgot about that one.

Melissa B. said...

Oh, In Cold Blood...the best book ever written! I'm about to start teaching this-next week, in fact. 51st anniversary of the Clutter murders...

1girl2manybooks said...

The Road is definitely on my TBR list

Sue Jackson said...

Good list - I haven't heard of most of these - I'll have to check them out. I;m not into vampires and werewolves either.

The Stand was on my list, too, but I figured 3 Stephen Kings was too many! I definitely want to read The Road, and I've heard In Cold Blood was excellent.

Sue

SmallWorld at Home said...

Great list!!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Any Stephen King would make my list :)

thebookstop said...

Some nice choices. I thought about including The Stand and The Secret History. I didn't think of In Cold Blood but that is a great choice for this list and one of my all time favorite nonfiction books.

Lu said...

Great List!

Rummanah Aasi said...

I never heard of Tadpole's Promise. I have to see what's that's about. You know, I'm actually surprised no one listed Silverstein's The Giving Tree. Great list!

Dutchie said...

Excellent list, you've got some great picks there. I have to check out the last one, We Need To Talk About Kevin, it's a disturbing yet intriguing subject.

Thanks for sharing!

Laura Cline said...

There are a couple from my TBR pile here: The Secret History and The Stand. I love (although I'm not sure that is the right word) The Road and The Things They Carried.

Thanks so much for following my blog.

Beth F said...

I don't read scary but I loved The Road.

TheBookGirl said...

In Cold Blood would definitely be on my list!

There is only one book that I can think of that I actually stopped reading (with only about 50 pages to go) because it had me so creeped out...it was Anne Rice's "Lasher" which was about witches...I couldn't sleep for days :(

Kah Woei said...

I've only read The Stand from your list but I've never really thought of it as scary. I tend to avoid scary stuff. :-)

jewelknits said...

The Road has been near the top of my wishlist for quite a while! Great list!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

christina said...

The Stand is the only SK book I rave about (even though I managed to read quite a bit of him in middle school). It scared the beejeebus outta me. And Let's Talk about Kevin, uh hello/! I teach...I was biting my nails at that one. Lionel does such a fab job creating such an intimate portrait of Kevin's psyche.

Laura C. said...

I want to read The Secret History. I've heard that The Little Friend is good-and creepy-too.