Top Ten Tuesday - Hallowe'en Freebie

 
Over to English! I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, so thought it could be fun to partake. It is after all a meme I very much enjoy - I just seem to forget about it... 
 
This week is a Hallowe'en freebie - and I've decided to go for a top ten of haunting novels or other texts. I am fond of the word haunting and am quite fond of things that are haunting - so there we are. 
 
  1. First up, of course - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It wasn't by chance that it became a Hitchcock film... I absolutely love this novel. Such a skilful piece of work.
  2. The Virgin Suicides by fantastic Jeffrey Eugenides. There is something haunting throughout this wonderful novel. 
  3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is not just a haunting novel - it appears that most of the members of the Compson family are indeed haunted themselves, in several ways. I love the Southern Gothic style and this is the epitome of it. 
  4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn must have a place here. Not only the actual crime which was committed, but the environment, the society, everything is haunting and decaying. And amazing. 
  5. Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy is also very haunting to me. The feeling that someone is constantly out to get you - or well, not me, then - certainly qualifies in this category. 
  6. My favourite novel, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, has an incredibly haunting element to it. The paranoia, or whatever I should call it, of the group is so well described that it really feels like you are there
  7. Let the right one in by Swedish John Ajvide Lindqvist... well. It's got vampires. And not shimmering, pansy ones but really scary ones. Excellent. 
  8. William Shakespeare deserves a place here, and nothing is more haunting to me than Macbeth. I vividly remember the first time I read it - I'm not one to be frightened by ghost stories per se, but this really did freak me out a little. 
  9. Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar childrenYes, I don't think I need to say much more. Peculiar children's home? It's haunting. 
  10. I loved Paula Hawkins's The girl on the train - a big part of what I thought was so fantastic was the way in which an unreliable narrator makes everything haunting. You constantly have to be on guard with a narrator like Rachel - that creates an unbelievably eerie atmosphere. 
 

Top Ten Tuesday 2014-07-29 ~ Authors I own the most books from

 
På tisdagarna presenterar The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday - jag har inte varit med tidigare men tänkte hänga på idag. På engelska, då! :-) 
 
 
Now - I'm not at home so I can't give exact numbers, but let's give it a try... 
 
Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From! 
 
1. Mike Gayle. I picked up Dinner for two for a couple of pounds in Tesco in 2002 without knowing anything about Gayle, and I think I own 9 out of his 11 books - e.g. all that had come out by the time I left the UK. Even though some of the books are a bit cliché, I enjoy them. 
 
2. Graham Greene. Let's put one thing straight - I own a lot more Greene novels than I have read. I just can't stop myself from picking them up at flea markets for a few pennies, and I fully intend to read them - it's just that other ones always seem to get in the way.
 
3. Astrid Lindgren. Of course! :-) I didn't have many Astrid Lindgren books as a child (they came from the library) but my parents have found loads at flea markets and most recently at an auction. 
 
4. Marian Keyes. I have all the Walsh sisters' books, Sushi for beginners, Last chance saloon, The other side of the story and This charming man - plus Under the duvet - so she's definitely up there. 
 
5. Jill Mansell. Another Tesco chance - I picked up Staying at Daisy's ages ago and after that kept picking up Mansells in charity shops and so on. They're quite predictable, but I like the settings and the people, and there are always nice descriptions of food and wine and stuff which is nice in stories like these. 
 
6. Maeve Binchy. Goodness, I just looked at the list of her books and it looks like I have... 16 of them?! Crazy. But - she was an awesome storyteller, and I re-read the novels on a semi-regular basis. 
 
7. Sue Townsend. I have all 8 Adrian Moles, Rebuilding Coventry, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla - not sure about Number Ten but I would have thought so. Another awesome storyteller. 
 
8. Denise Rudberg. Heaven knows why I have so many because they're pretty awful - except the elegant crime ones which are actually very good. I haven't bought them full price though, they're also typical flea market finds. 
 
9. Camilla Läckberg. Yep - I still like her books even though you're not supposed to. ;-) I like her environs. 
 
10. Viveca Lärn. Apart from some children's books, I have most of her books and read them often.