Top Ten Tuesday: Monster Books

Happy Halloween! The prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so I’m going to discuss stories with monsters in them. I think that’s fitting for Halloween, since a lot of monster tales can also be spooky/creepy/scary. So who’s ready to monster mash?

(This is the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie! [Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!])

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor: This series is about a monster (or chimaera) that falls in love with an angel and the chaos that ensues because of it. Thus, these books are overrun with monsters and strange creatures. (I mean, one of the titles is literally Dreams of Gods and Monsters, so you know, monsters.)

Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab: One of the main characters of this series, August Flynn, is a sunai, a monster that uses music to steal souls. While August is basically a giant cupcake in a monster body longing to be human, there are plenty of other monstrous characters in this books from the other soul-consuming sunai to the creepy corsai and the malicious malchai. The books are dark and gritty and definitely scary.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: One of the most iconic monsters in literature is the Creature from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Most people visualize the Boris Karloff monster from the 1930s film, but the Creature in the classic novel is actually quite different. He can speak and write and even feel things. I actually found myself liking the Creature more than Victor, who is actually the real monster of the story.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are was always a favorite book growing up. I love the imagination behind the story and the illustrations. Of course, most of the characters are “monsters” that like to take part in the Wild Rumpus. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Beowulf: Between Grendel and his mother, Beowulf is pretty much the epitome of a “monster book” and has inspired countless other works. With the right translation, the descriptions of the monsters are absolutely fantastic.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs: This quirky books have a plethora of strange and bizarre characters, including the creepy hollowgasts. These monsters are former peculiars turned monster during an experiment that went wrong that feed off peculiar souls, which turn them into another type of monster: wights. I really enjoyed how they depicted the hollowgasts in the movie; it had the right amount of bizarre and unnatural to make them scary.

Fire by Kristin Cashore: The second book in the Graceling Realm series is about a monster girl named Fire. With a monster father and a human mother, Fire is often hated but also adored. It’s been a while since I read Fire, but I remember being impressed by how she was described and what her abilities could do.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson: These comic books are about a group of girls at a scout summer camp, which is surrounded by an enchanted woods. Thus, the girls frequently encounter supernatural phenomena, including strange creatures and monsters. I love these comics so much. They’re full of hilarious moments, wonderful characters, and just the right touch of the fantastical to set them apart.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Any of Rick Riordan’s books are overrun with monsters since mythology is usually full of monsters. The Percy Jackson books specifically have encounter after encounter with monsters. From chimera and gorgons to harpies and hellhounds, Percy Jackson has fought almost every kind of monster in existence (as well as a few gods and titans).

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: The newest addition to the Grishaverse, The Language of Thorns is a collection of short story fairy tales. Most of these tales are darker, twisted versions of well-known fairy tales. Thus, they definitely include monsters. In addition, this book includes beautiful illustrations to go along with each story.

What are your favorite monster stories? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Monster Books

  1. Of course Seaweed Brain and his monster slaying skills is here! Love Rick Riordan’s books!
    But I’m also looking forward to reading some Leigh Bardugo books..

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  2. Fun! I really want to read Miss Peregrine, so it’s fun to see it on your list. And I enjoyed the Percy Jackson books a lot, too. Plus – Where the Wild Things Are! It’s been way too long since I’ve read that book.

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    • Where the Wild Things Are is a sentimental favorite. 🙂

      I know some people enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s and some did not. I thought they were interesting, so you might want to give them a try!

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  3. You know I didn’t think I was much of a monster fan but I’ve either read all of these or have them on my TBR! I loved Miss Peregrine though I want to reread it soon as I’ve got plans to get around to The Hollow eventually and I want to see the movie. Pretty much the only book I didn’t care for is Beowulf though that may have more to do with reading it in high school than the actual story!

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    • I’m not usually a monster fan either because I don’t like being scared, but apparently /some/ monsters are okay! XD

      If you find a good translation (I recommend Seamus Heany’s translation) of Beowulf, it is much better than anything you probably read in high school. I know many people who hated Beowulf in high school as well.

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  4. My son and I just read the first Percy Jackson book together and we’ll definitely be continuing on with the series. We really enjoyed it 🙂 The things in Miss Peregrines really confused me. I had a hard time picturing what exactly the hollowghasts and wights were. Maybe I should watch the movie LOL.

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    • Yes! Percy Jackson is wonderful and I recommend it to kids all the time. It’s a fun way to learn about Greek Mythology.

      I had a hard time picturing the hollowgats and wights when I read the books as well, but I liked how they portrayed them in the movie. It made sense and was just the right amount of creepy and unusual.

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    • I’ve heard good and bad about Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I enjoyed it, though I think Strange the Dreamer is better. (Her newest novel.)

      I read Graceling and Fire so long ago that I know I enjoyed them, but I can’t really remember what happened. I read Bitterblue a few years ago and I think it was my favorite because it tied everything together and brought all the characters in. That was a nice touch.

      You should definitely read The Language of Thorns soon!

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