Hype or Like Friday – I’m a Scaredy-Cat!

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The October BOTM is The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.



  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: I’m A Scaredy-Cat… List the top 13 books and/or films that scare you the most!


1. The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

I mentioned this one yesterday in my spooky book tag. But yeah, I definitely had to read it during the daytime. That villain is about the creepiest thing I’ve ever read about. It ain’t joking around, that’s for sure.


2. Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott

This isn’t a scary book so much as it’s just strange. Some of the different mutations created some really creepy and grotesque characters that I just could not help but let my imagination get a little too crazy with. I must be a glutton for punishment though, because I still have the rest of the trilogy to read!


3. The Ring – film

Don’t even pretend that that creepy little girl coming out of the tv screen didn’t scare the shit out of you. If you say no, you’re lying!


4. How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch, #1) by Adriana Mather

 This book was just so suspenseful and I was never sure who the bad guy really was. Also the entire town’s behavior and ostracizing of Sam gave me anxiety.


5. When A Stranger Calls – film

I’ve seen the original versions and the remake. Don’t ask me why, because it wasn’t by choice at all. These are the kinds of movies that scare me to death because they could possibly really happen. You will never babysit again after watching these, guarantee it.


6. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige

The twistedness of this book was wayyyy creepy when I first picked it up. The lion is seriously messed up.


7. Asleep by Krystal Wade

A retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in an insane asylum? Just imagine the second season of American Horror Story in book form and that’s basically what you have right here with this one. Yep, creepy as hell.


8. The Lie Tree or Frances Hardinge

I think the atmosphere is what makes this book so creepy. Hardinge just knows exactly how to create the perfectly dark setting that will make shivers go down your spine.


9. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The tension in this book is what gave me chills. You never know what is going to happen next or who will die. I was on pins and needles the entire time.


10. Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre

Living underground while having to battle against zombie/mutant-like creatures? Uh yeah, that’s not fun at all.


11. The Shining – film

The movie is scary enough. Do you really think that I’m going to read the book? HA! I don’t have any plans to read Stephen King’s horror novels, thank you very much.


12. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I think it’s really just the strangeness and the unknown that makes this book so creepy. You never quite know what exactly is going on, which really makes for a trippy ride. Plus, some of these gods are just scary.


13. Coraline – film

Yes, that’s right, I am scared by a children’s film. The Nightmare Before Christmas still gives me chills even though I love it. I’m a chicken, I admit it!

What books or films scare you? Are you easily scared by things like me? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday – I’m a Scaredy-Cat!”

  1. I am 100% with you on The Ring! I am forever terrified of ghosties with long black hair covering their faces! Same with The Grudge that is one movie I plan on never watching again, and I love scary movies!
    That Asleep book looks kind of interesting and I did love the second season of AHS so maybe I’ll check it out!
    I thought The Shining book was a lot scarier than the movie so skipping that is a good idea, haha!
    Great list Larkin! 😁

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    1. Oh man, I am not a fan of scary books or movies so you’re a lot braver than I if you can read Stephen King’s horror novels! But I really do recommend Asleep. It’s an indie novel and I thought it was really good when I read it last fall. Very dark!


  2. I found Survive the Night by Danielle Vega to be pretty creepy. She’s written another horror YA book as well, The Merciless. As far as film, anything that plays on SyFy’s 31 Days of Halloween always creeps me out. I will force myself to watch scary movies during Oct, but sometimes they get to be to much and I’ll switch back over to…The Hallmark Channel. Lol

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