Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie (Halloween Movies & Their Bookish Counterparts)

Top Ten Tuesday #12

I hope everyone has their costumes ready and their game faces on because it’s HALLOWEEN, y’all! Perhaps you’ve picked up on the fact that I’m a fan of the holiday and thus in super high spirits today! And whether you’re with me on this or not I wish you all a:


As for today’s post, it’s Halloween Tuesday, which means it’s time for another round of TOP TEN TUESDAY hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic is HALLOWEEN FREEBIE and I can’t wait to see what all you guys and ghouls have come up with!

Personally, I chose to incorporate one of my favorite parts of the holiday: Halloween movies. For this week’s list, I highlighted a tagline or quote from the movie, provided the movie title via poster, and provided a prompt to find it’s book equivalent. I wanted to go this route because it was fun and felt like it could be used again for future spooky posts! Plus it gave me an excuse to create a Halloween theme for all the photos in this week’s post.

If that description didn’t make sense, head on down to my list of “Top Ten Halloween Movies and Their Bookish Counterparts.”

1) “We all go a little bit mad sometimes…” psycho real

youHands down, Joe from Caroline Kepnes’ You series. While it’s unclear if he shared the mommy issues the plagued good ol’ Norman Bates, it’s absolutely evident that he was one twisted stalker who’s charisma somehow left you rooting for him.

2) “There are some doors that should never be opened…” CORALINE

dark matterSo, yeah. I probably should have gone with Gaiman’s book, but it seemed way too obvious to use the source material. Instead, I decided to go with one of my favorite sci-fi reads of the year: Dark Matter that housed multiple universes instead of just one with button-eyes.

3) “I want to play a game…”saw

gone girlAlthough I’m highlighting Gone Girl (because it boarded the hype train and never got off), any of Flynn’s twisted bestsellers could have done the trick. Flynn definitely likes playing games with her readers and crafting big twists from typical plot lines. If you’re looking for a new spooky author, give her earlier works a go!

4) “Let’s do the Time Warp again…”rocky

1122I toggled back and forth for a hot minute when it came to selecting the book for this tagline. My first instinct was Outlander, but I’ve recently featured that on my blog and bookstagram. Ultimately, King’s time-bending novel 11/22/63 about a diner porthole that could lead to an epic change in history won out!

5) “If only they knew she had the power…”carrie

nevernightTurns out the only topic I have more books on than time-travel is vendetta/revenge reads. Not sure what that says about me, but it did make this prompt easy peasy to answer. Nevernight was the obvious choice given the protagonist main character in each medium is a provoked teenage girl ready to dish out some serious vengeance.

6) “Dun nuh nuh nah. *Snap Snap* Dun nuh nuh nah. *Snap Snap*….”adams.jpg

flowers.jpgIf the Addams Family was just about one eerie family member in an otherwise typical family, I 100 percent would have selected Sasha from This Darkness Mine. Because, for real, girl had issues. Windows, anyone? However, this is an ensemble prompt and the only Gothic, mysterious, and “all together ooky” family I could think of was the Dollangangers.

7) “No matter what he’ll always be special…”wonder

wonder.jpgIt isn’t truly Halloween until Burton gets worked into the schedule. One of my favorite — but not necessarily holiday-specific — titles is Edward Scissorhands featuring my first crush Johnny Depp. There are a lot of parallels between Auggie (from Wonder) and Edward and as soon as I saw the movie poster, I knew I had to pair them up. I’d like to think they’d be friends in real life and take turns giving each other standing ovations.

8) “I put a spell on you…”hocus

witchThe Sanderson Sisters always spark my interest in Salem and the “true” witchy tales that originate from history. Rees’ journal-styled story about a young healer hiding in her Puritan village from those that would execute her if they knew the truth is a perfect addition to any Halloween reading list.

9) “Who you gonna call?”ghost

dealThis probably seems completely out of the pumpkin patch (Halloween twist on out of left field??? Idk lol), but I know as readers we all go through slumps. And with slumps come our sure-fire methods for climbing out of them. For some it’s turning to a favorite genre. For others it’s turning to a favorite read. For me, it’s turning to The Deal. Don’t let the ab-tastic cover fool you! This book packs heart,  heavy issues, humor, and — all right, yes — hunky hockey players. So basically Kennedy’s who I’m calling when I need to save the city get out of a slump!

10) “Reunite with the gang…”charlie.jpg

harry potterFor me, no Halloween would be complete without a quick check in on my favorite wizard, Harry! There’s just something about this story that screams fall and has me craving a returning to Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and hitting up Diagon Alley with Hagrid! And even though I’ve read this so many times the spine is practically falling apart, I’m always down for the journey! Race you to Platform 9¾!

Well there your have it! My Halloween Movie/Book matches! I hope  you enjoyed my take on this week’s topic and the Hallowthemed- photography! Look forward to your thoughts and commentary!

And, as always: Happy Reading!

36 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie (Halloween Movies & Their Bookish Counterparts)

    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thank you so much, Tammy!! I was afraid no one would gel with the idea! And yes, BIG fan of Dark Matter! It’s actually the first review I’ve ever written that was a Top Amazon Review for 2 weeks!


  1. dragonsandzombies says:

    This is such a great idea, I love it!

    I read ‘Coraline’ this year and enjoyed it! I heard the movie is just as good so I will definitely check it out.

    I haven’t read 11/22/63 but we watched the mini-series and liked it, apart from the ending. It was very, very well done and James Franco is great in it!

    Harry Potter is always worth revisiting 🙂 I started re-reading the series again this year and just finished book 5 the other week 😀

    Hope you have/had a lovely Halloween!!

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad the idea actually landed and wasn’t some weird thought it my head that didn’t translate properly! =D

      I’ve done the opposite of you with Coraline (seen the movie, but haven’t read the book.) I’ll keep you posted if I do! Let me know if you watch the movie how it holds up!

      The series was great and I think Hulu did a nice job with it! King’s work can be so subjective given the creative team assigned to it, so I wasn’t too let down.

      And yes, Harry Potter today, tomorrow, forever!

      Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  2. crafty scribbles1976 says:

    “You” and the Dollangers. Now you’re talking! I loved the former and the latter series. I’m glad to see more people are talking about “You” and V.C. Andrews stories, which tend to be guilty pleasures.

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      I’m a big fan of Kepnes’ writing so I’m gonna praise her whenever and wherever so I’m glad you’re a fan too! As for V.C. I honestly found her books after seeing the movie and instantly needed to know more. Glad I’m not alone!


  3. liveforbroadway says:

    Love this! I am always stoked to see Gillian Flynn on peoples creepy lists–Gone Girl and Sharp Objects REALLY threw me for a loop the first time I read both of them so I always feel like she is at the top of my list when it comes to creepy thrillers. And then, V.C. Andrews! As a kid, her work really messed with my head–as it should. I was so scandalized and a bit terrified!

    Anyways, I adore how this is set up.

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thanks so much!! I totally agree about Flynn and Sharp Objects! I actually read that while I was living in Australia and my mind was blown. Then years later everyone started talking about her and I was like WAIT the Sharp Objects/Dark Matter author?? Glad she got some hype because I do enjoy her stories.

      As for V.C. she’s like a whole other level. Not sure I’ve ever read a setup quite like the Flowers series.


  4. pagesandtea says:

    Love your take on the theme this week.
    Seeing so many great movies on your list has made me want to have a Halloween themed movie marathon 😀 I love The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters.
    11/22/63 is one of my favourite Stephen King novels.

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  5. Annemieke says:

    Great idea! Interesting that you went with Dark Matter for Coraline. I’ve only read the book and never have seen the movie. But I’ve heard good things about Dark Matter so I’m curious about that now.

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  6. Alison's Wonderland Recipes says:

    I’m finally getting a chance to comment yaaaaaay!! Doing it in the middle of November is totally cool, right? 😛

    I love this idea, especially how it bridges the gap between books and movies. My “Great Pumpkin” read is And Then There Were None. It’s quick, spooky, and gets me in the mood for Halloween!

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