They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky: Ten Spooky Middle Grade Books

Halloween is upon us, goblins and ghouls. While traditions for many of us might look a little different this year—especially due to a lack of gatherings—I’ll be spending my evening with my favorite annual treat: a Halloween read. I’m not quite sure exactly what book I’ll tuck into on Saturday night, but I’ve got a few recommendations that would make perfect matches for anyone else needing creepy, atmospheric, utterly unputdownable titles on this Top Ten Tuesday. So lock the doors, flip on a lamp, get comfy on your favorite reading spot, and enjoy one of these ten spooky middle grade reads.

And don’t forget the candy. It is Halloween, after all.

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A Librarian Once Told Me: Ten Book Recommendations

What’s that lurking around the corner? There, just beyond the tottering mountain of books that I swear I’m going to get around to eventually? Could it be…? Yes! Indeed, I do believe it’s yet another book recommendation.

They seem to follow me everywhere these days, which I blame partially on the number of librarians I consider friends. These well-read hucksters always have a book at the ready, just itching to drop it into conversation. “Oh, what’s that? Yes, the weather is dreary, which reminds me of a charming P.G. Wodehouse novel I think you’d like…” Librarian is truly the most dangerous profession … for other people.

And yet—deep down—I know these literary barkers have introduced me to some of my favorite reads. So for this Top Ten Tuesday, I’d like to share ten books recommended by different librarians that I ended up loving. Here’s hoping none of these topple your to-be-read pile.

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What’s in a Name? Ten Long Book Titles

When browsing books, beyond the cover, the first thing I notice when browsing books is the title. For me, a solid title can make the difference between picking a book up and leaving it on the shelf. This week I’ve been considering some of the more unique titles I’ve come across: the ones that are a little longer than average. While shorter titles often leave a bit of mystery, just barely scratching the surface of the text beyond, longer titles put everything right out in the open—they give away exactly what’s contained within those pages. So for this Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten books with packed title pages.

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Double, Double, Toil and Ten Witchy Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about fall-themed book covers. And while I originally thought of covers heavy on purples and oranges, with falling foliage and cozy locales, I noticed an unexpected pattern when it came to the type of book that really make me think of autumn: they all featured witches. Magic and spells, cauldrons and potions, familiars and grimoires—when witches start showing up with regularity on seasonal book lists, that’s when I know fall is well and truly here. So grab a broom, a cape, a pointed hat, and a black cat and check out one of these ten witchy reads. It’s the best way to celebrate the season.

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The Quotable Gastronome: Ten Quotes from Foodie Nonfiction

Food can be the great equalizer. We all have to eat, though our different backgrounds, tastes, and conveniences all influence exactly what, why, when, and how we eat. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to food-focused nonfiction. Not only does it combine two of my favorite things—good food and good books—it also allows me a window into someone else’s culinary world that I’m already vaguely familiar with. Sure, I know how to whip up a potato salad and dress a turkey, but how do other people do it and, more interestingly, why? Or better yet, why would someone avoid these foods altogether? We all share ingredients, but I find it fascinating when authors actually exam what exactly that means to them.

So for this Top Ten Tuesday, I’m happy to share quotes from ten of my favorite foodie nonfiction books.

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There’s Been a Murder! Twenty-Two Autumnal Cozy Mystery Covers

Leaves are changing. Night is falling faster. Pumpkin are finding their way onto porches. It’s finally cool enough that I can open my windows and let some fresh air into my home. Yup, fall is definitely on its way, which is why my TBR pile is currently being stacked with cozy mysteries. For me, there’s nothing like wrapping myself in a blanket and dipping into a cozy novel on a cool fall evening. So for this Top Ten Tuesday, here are some cozy covers that put me right in the fall spirit. As it turns out, though, it was hard to weed items down to only ten, so this week’s list is a double dose (and then some).

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What’s Next?: Ten Recent Additions to My TBR Pile

It’s Tuesday, so that must mean it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is a freebie centered around book covers. Usually, I’m more than happy to tackle a freebie, but while I was looking through my TBR pile trying to come up with a theme that matched at least ten books, I finally had to accept that there wasn’t a lot connecting them. So today I’m happy to share an eclectic collection of ten covers from my ever-growing TBR pile.

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Turn Back the Clock: Ten Books I Wish I’d Read When I Was Younger

I’ve written about it before, but to make a long story short, I missed out on a lot of children’s and young adult titles while growing up. Fortunately, that’s all cleared up now, and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since. Picture books, middle grade, young adult—whatever the classification, I can’t get enough. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m highlighting ten books that I now love now that I wish I had read when I was younger.

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It’s Suppertime: Ten Hunger-Inducing Books

Okay, so I write about food and books a lot. There was the time I highlighted some of my favorite culinary cozy mysteries. Then I had to share a horrific find from my cookbook collection. Even just over this summer, I’ve featured multiple quotes from food-focused books during First Line Fridays. But today? Thanks to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I have an excuse for talking about my joy for food books yet again. So from my kitchen—and bookshelf—to yours, here are ten books that I find hunger-inducing.

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Questionable Titles: Ten Books Asking All the Questions

Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to all the questions I’ve ever wanted to ask an author, living or dead, about their work. And while it’s a great topic for consideration, when I sat down to write this post, I realized I had no idea what I’d ask anyone. So this week, I’m playing with the theme a little bit and letting some books do all the talking—and work—for me. Here are ten books that pose questions in their titles.

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