Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books with Ghosts

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is a Halloween Freebie.  I'm not a big horror reader but I do love some spookiness and I LOVE a good ghost.  So here are ten of my favorite ghostly characters.

1.  The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts - This is a woman in white style goes.  She shows up periodically but she isn't particularly threatening.  She's sad and periodically she helps out the hero/heroine.  I loved that we learned her story as the trilogy continued.

2.  In the Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts - This is a whole other kind of ghost.  This isn't a peaceful make an occasional appearance kind of ghost.  This ghost is really really not happy and really wants everyone to know it.

3.  The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams - There's the ghost of a whole speakeasy in this book.  How can you not love that?

4.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - These aren't your typical ghosts but the entire book takes place in a graveyard.

5.  The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud - Ghosts are pretty much the primary enemy here and these are definitely not the floating around being spooky kind of ghosts.  These ghosts are mean!

6.  The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward - This ghost is much happier than the ones above.  Well, maybe not happy but not nearly as violent and I loved learning her story.

7.  The Cursed by Heather Graham - Heather Graham frequently has ghosts in her books but this was the first book I read of the Krewe series and it had ghosts AND was set in Key West.

8.  Among the Shadows by L.M. Montgomery - When you think of L.M. Montgomery you don't typically think dark and spooky but this collection of short stories definitely qualifies and there are more than a few ghosts!

9.  Vanish with the Rose by Barbara Michaels - I love this book that takes place in old house with lots of roses and lots of secrets.  And of course a ghost.

10.  The Crying Child by Barbara Michaels - While the ghost above was more of a helpful floating around kind of ghost the one in this book is pretty much the exact opposite.  This is more the drive you crazy and convince you to go off a cliff kind of ghost but it was all kinds of fun to read about!

What are some of your favorite books with ghosts?


  1. I don't tend to read many ghost stories. I do love the sound of that L.M. Montgomery collection though.

  2. I haven't read any of these, as I don't read many spooky books :P Great list though!

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2017/10/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-bookstagram-made-buy/

  3. I haven't read a good ghost story in a while. I have to check these out especially the Nora Roberts one. Great list!

  4. I tend to stay away from spooky books but I gotta say The Wicked City sounds intriguing! Also I love anything that Neil Gaiman writes ;)
    My TTT

  5. Great to get your list! I am about to self publish my first novel, a dark family mystery... But in the meantime I'm writing my second, which is a ghost story about an annual family holiday in Wales called The Year of the Ghost. Your list will make great research - I've never written a ghost before and it is a delicious challenge!

  6. I love ghosts in my books!!! You know I loved The House on Blackberry Hill, but I also really liked the Inn Boonsboro series by Nora Roberts. She has a number of series with ghosts, doesn't she?

  7. Ghosts would have been so much easier to think of than vampires (maybe). I'm a big fan of Alexandrea Weis's books, and they often feature ghosts (set in New Orleans it's almost a given I think.)

    Have a great week. - Katie

  8. Ghost stories are the best! I love this list, Katherine. I'm not a big horror reader either, but I can handle these. As you know, I really enjoy the Krewe books. I really need to read The Wicked City. I need to read all of these, actually. Thanks for sharing! Have a good and safe night!

  9. I think I need to pick up more ghost books. The Graveyard Book is a personal favorite. Glad to see it on your list!

  10. The Graveyard Book and The Screaming Staircase are both on my tbr. I really liked the book Anna Dressed in Blood, but the sequel didn't impress me. Happy Halloween. 🎃

  11. Great list! I want to read the Nora Roberts' book. Sounds good.

  12. I haven't read any of these but I have a copy of The Next Always ready to go. I do love a story with ghosts :)

  13. Great list! I love ghost stories, too. I’ll have to look some of these up.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  14. Ooooo. I enjoy ghost stories, too. Not crazy ghosts, but good ones. :)