#SpooktasticReads Top Ten Tuesday | We can live like Jack and Sally, if we want


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…


Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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!


Tiffany D. Jackson

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.


Rebecca Roanhorse

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.


Christina Henry

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?


Justina Ireland

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.


Aiden Thomas

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.

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Becky Albertalli

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.


Kat Cho

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.

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Alice Oseman

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.

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Tehlor Kay Mejia

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!

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Karen M. McManus

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.


Alexis Henderson

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.

What did you talk about this week?

23 thoughts on “#SpooktasticReads Top Ten Tuesday | We can live like Jack and Sally, if we want

  1. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    Oooh, I love this! I, too, enjoyed the holiday anthology better than the summer one. A Halloween themed collection would be very cool. I’ve just started Monster Girls and Slasher Boys which is an anthology of horror stories. It includes Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu. Hopefully it’s good!

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  2. Greg says:

    I loved that anthology and this is a fabulous idea. I’d love a Halloween anthology. I’ve heard good things about Moreno- Garcia and would love to try her stuff. Alice Oseman would be awesome too.

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  3. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight says:

    I LOVE your idea for this topic and WOW do I want to read your anthology too! Like IMMEDIATELY. I just started Mexican Gothic tonight (based on my poll results ha) and I am already enjoying it so I clearly need Certain Dark Things. Also I haven’t read Trail of Lightning (YET- I need to remedy that ASAP) but I fell completely in love with Black Sun so I agree! I also have loved Christina Henry and Justina Ireland’s books, and WOW thank you for making me need this Becky Albertalli story! Seriously tag these authors in a tweet and let’s get this anthology started!!

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  4. dinipandareads says:

    Okay, so you know I had to immediately listen to the song when I read your post title! It’s now on endless repeat. Such a classic 😍 I love what you’ve done with this week’s freebie, Jess! I’m quite picky with anthologies but I would scoop this one up in a heartbeat! All these amazing authors 🖤 This needs to happen!!! Haha

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Haha yessss! I had to listen to it a few times while writing this post, not gonna lie. Thanks Dini! Even if all of these authors aren’t in it, I do really hope we get a Halloween YA romance anthology soon–I think it’d be so fun. 😀


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