Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo & Top Ten Tuesday: Southern Gothic Tales

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)

It's November everybody! That means it's time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! Starting today, I (and about 500,000 other people across the nation) am trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

This crazy time of year means that I won't be reading much if at all, so don't be alarmed if you don't see many reviews or posts popping up! I promise, I will return. Possibly bleary eyed and overcome with exhaustion, but I will be back, and I will have completed a novel!

This year I, along with my writing buddy over at The Gnoming Librarian, are trying our hands at some Jane Austen. She will be taking Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet into outerspace! And my characters will be rocking a little bit country and a little bit supernatural as they get haunted down in Georgia (You know, where the Devil went).

So with that thought in mind, I came up with a Southern Gothic Top Ten just for you!

5. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

7. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
He is young. He is hot. He is also evil. He is ....... the librarian. Cynthia's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, but after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn't quite right. Maybe it's the creepy look in the librarian's eyes... or the blood and horns and bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking. He's a demon.

8. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

 9. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
A family comes to terms with their estranged father’s death in Oliver’s first novel for adults. Told from the perspective of two ghosts living in the old house, this unique story weaves characters and explores their various past connections.

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.


  1. This is such a great list, I absolutely loved Rebel Belle, though I've yet to reread it so I can reread the other books in the series. Mara Dyer is amazing too. It creeped me out so much.

    1. Rebel Belle is fantastic! You should definitely finish the series! It's funny, romantic, and full of fun surprises :)


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