Tuesday Memes

I started participating in these memes a couple of weeks ago and used them to make my Saturday posts. But feel it does make more sense to do a Top Ten Tuesdays or Teaser Tuesdays on ….. of course, Tuesdays!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Wonderful Top Ten themes are put up each week and book lovers can post their top tens there.
For Top Ten Tuesdays, my top ten list of books (includes many short stories) to read around Halloween – books that are scary,creepy, or fall-ish:

  1. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe – This is easily my favorite read for Halloween – every time I read this (and not sure how many times I have read this after the first time I did read it in high school in India – was part of the syllabus!), I still get goosebumps – Edgar Allen Poe’s story telling is crisp, and just wonderful!
  2. The Open Window by Saki – this is not exactly a scary or creepy story but there is something in the story telling that makes your heart skip a bit (as you wonder in fear) for a moment.
  3. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde – this book is less scary and more funny, humorous, sweet, and has lots endearing moments but the ghost is so good (literally) that I added this here.
  4. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson – If you have not read this, you should. Telling any more might mean spoilers so Mum is my word! (and am adding The Haunting of Hill House to my list now)
  5. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe – another Poe classic and I only read this very recently but could not stop once I started.
  6. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne – read this also recently and now am going to read more Hawthorne..(reread Scarlet Letter to begin with)
  7. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – I saw this movie when I was much younger hiding behind my mom during all the scary scenes, so actually should not have been scared at all! And I did fall asleep soundly through the night after watching it. But I read the book well in my 20s and I have to say, I had a couple of sleepless nights over that.. So this is definitely making my top ten list here.
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  9. Dracula by Bram Stoker – because..
  10. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
*Grab your current read.*Open to a random page.
*Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

*Share the title and author too, so other TT participants can add it to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.
For Teaser Tuesdays, wanted to stay with the theme and picked a snippet from ‘The Open Window’ by Saki.

“You may wonder why we keep that window wide open on an
October afternoon,” said the niece, indicating a large French window
that opened on to a lawn.

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