Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is a Halloween-themed freebie. I thought about featuring horror/thriller novels…and then I remembered I am a total scaredy cat and that I don’t read horror/thriller novels.
Instead, I am imagining that some of my favorite characters and I have been dropped in a haunted house. I’m not talking about a touristy, fun haunted house; I mean a literal, oh-my-gosh-I’m-in-the-middle-of-a-paranormal-novel haunted house. (Not that I believe in hauntings, but they’re fictional characters, so anything is possible.)
So that they would protect me
1. Lysandra from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, so I’d want the entire cast of TOG by my side. But if I can’t have all of them, I want Lysandra. I think her particular skill set would be really freaking useful.
2. Vin from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Yeah, I’m not going anywhere near something unpredictable and scary without a Mistborn by my side.
3. Katsa from Graceling by Kristen Cashore
And as long as I’m surrounding myself with fantastical warriors, I might as well bring Katsa with me. She would 110% make sure that I survived.
So that someone could talk to the ghosts/monsters
4. Suze from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
It just seems pragmatic to make sure that I have a person who can talk to ghosts with me in a haunted house. Plus, Suze has dealt with a lot of crazy stuff, so she’d be able to keep her cool.
5. Gemma from the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
Gemma doesn’t talk to ghosts, per se, but she has dealt with a TON of paranormal craziness, so I think she’d be helpful for dealing with the haunted stuff.
So that someone would figure out how to get us out
6. Gansey from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Am I the only person who would want Gansey’s obsessive research brain with me in a haunted house? Because it sounds like a solid plan to me.
7. Lilac from the Starbound Trilogy by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman
Lilac took a while to grow on me, but now I appreciate her for what she is: a total badass. She has been through it all and she’s brilliant, so I would definitely trust her to get me out of there.
To counter my fear with intense sarcasm
8. Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh
So, yes, Shazi’s archery skills would also be nice, but honestly, I just want her their to keep making jokes to distract me from everything else. Also the idea of Shazi sassing a ghost is funny enough that I would endure a haunted house to see it.
9. Adina from Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Adina’s deadpan, take-no-shit personality would totally calm me down.
So that I would not be the only one screaming
10. Carmen from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I can’t be the only person freaking out, looking like an idiot among a ton of battle-hardened fighters, right? I just read this book, and I am 110% sure that all of the characters would do just as badly in this situation as I would. I’d take Carmen because I liked her personality the most.
So what do you think? If you were in this situation, who would you want with you?