Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is a Halloween freebie! I haven’t read many anthologies recently, but one of my favourites is My True Love Gave to Me. Sadly I didn’t enjoy Summer Days and Summer Nights as much, but ever since its release I’ve been desperate for Stephanie Perkins to compile a new collection of YA romances centred around Halloween.
So today I thought I’d talk about the authors I’d choose to contribute to that particular anthology! Like the rest of the anthologies, I’ve picked 12 authors instead of 10. I had so much fun putting this together and, to be honest, I kind of wish this anthology was happening now…
Moreno-Garcia is a big fan of horror and the gothic and two of her novels, Certain Dark Things and Mexican Gothic, fall into the horror genre, so she’s a must-have for this anthology. She’s also written a lot of short fiction which I’ve enjoyed!
This year Jackson released her third YA thriller, and I love me a YA thriller. Outside of horror and dark fantasy, thrillers are the books I like to reach for during the spooky season so I’d love a shorter tale from Jackson for Halloween.
Trail of Lightning is an urban fantasy novel and a post-apocalyptic novel, but to me it’s also a horror novel – in fact I wrote a whole post about it – and I’d love to read some spooky First Nations horror this Halloween. One of my favourite creatures from myth and folklore is the wendigo, so I’d love to see a wendigo story written by a First Nations author.
I haven’t read any of Henry’s work yet, but I know she enjoys her dark, creepy stories, so she seems like a no-brainer for this collection. Who doesn’t want a creepy fairy tale at Halloween?
I love Dread Nation and Deathless Divide, so there’s no way I could leave Ireland out of a Halloween romance anthology. I’d love another story set in her zombie-infested version of 19th century America.
Thomas’s debut, Cemetery Boys, is literally about a boy who summons a ghost, so it seems crazy not to include them in this particular anthology—particularly as this is an anthology in need of some own voices trans rep.
I’m going to be specific here: I want a short story about Molly and Reid from The Upside of Unrequited going to a Halloween party dressed as Aragorn and Arwen, because Reid is a huge Lord of the Rings nerd and I need this content in my life.
I haven’t read any of Cho’s work yet, but Wicked Fox is a YA paranormal romance novel set in South Korea and I think we could do with more stories that aren’t set in the US in YA anthologies. I think Cho could write an adorable K-drama-esque Halloween romance story, and I would gobble it up.
I guess we should have some more purely contemporary stories in this anthology, and I’m including Oseman for a YA romance story with own voices asexual rep. Her Heartstopper series is so readable that I’m sure she could write a really fun Halloween story.
Mejia’s Middle Grade debut, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, is all about La Llorona, so how could I not include her in this anthology? Give me a story with creepy Mexican folklore and a queer romance, please!
Another author whose YA thrillers I’ve really enjoyed, so I think a condensed Halloween thriller with a dash of romance would be such a fun read.
Henderson sounds like the ultimate horror fan, so it would be nothing short of foolish to exclude her from an anthology like this. If she could give me a creepy Halloween romance tale with witches, I’d be a very happy bunny.