Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
You don’t have to be a horror fan to love a good zombie tale. Zombie books take two different paths these days: the serious, horror type or light-hearted which are also typically humorous. Personally, I love both so without further ado, here are my recommendations for each.
For the “Serious” zombie fan
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey [Review]
Everybody raved about this one and I’m happy to say that it’s hype that is more than well deserved. Far from what I would expect from your typical zombie tale but nonetheless fantastic.
‘…the Breakdown, when the world filled with monsters who looked like people you knew and loved, and every living soul went scrambling and skittering for cover like mice when the cat wakes up…’
Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant [Reviews: Book 1 – Book 2 – Book 3]
I’ve probably demanded people read this series more than any others. Zombies + Politics would never have been a combination I thought would work but oh man does it ever.
“My mother once told me that no woman is naked when she comes equipped with a bad mood and a steady glare.”
“And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”
The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers #1) by Alden Bell [Review]
This was not only a superb story with a character that I LOVED (Temple) but the writing ability of Alden Bell (also known as Joshua Gaylord) was even more so. I’ve gone on to read another story of his and loved it almost as much. He’s definitely one to watch for.
“You somehow make it outta here and track me down, you best come with a furious rage–because I got no use for your sympathy.”
As the World Dies Trilogy by Rhiannon Frater
This collection was one of the first zombie stories I ever picked up so they hold a special place in my heart. They are also incredibly exciting.
‘She’d been questioning Jenni’s sanity for a while now, but then again, they were all slightly insane now, weren’t they?’
For the “Light-Hearted” zombie fan
“So you killed him with what now?”
“I tried that Dr. Phil book at first”…”And I finished it off with the toilet seat. Just so you know, you left it up again. That drives me crazy.”
My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland [Review]
Yes, this is really about a white trash girl named Angel who dies in a car accident only to wake and find she has a serious craving for brains. It’s hilarious and corny and all sorts of fun.
“Zombie Super Powers, Activate!”
Bad Taste in Boys (Kate Grable #1) by Carrie Harris [Review]
I had seen this one but was immediately turned off by the cover. I don’t know about you but that cover does not scream zombies to me. This one was so hilarious though… jock zombies on steroids. Looking for a laugh? Look no further.
‘Being gnawed on had pushed me over the edge. Mike had always been a tool, but not the kind of tool who bit people when he had the munchies.’
“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.”
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? (Zombie Apocalypse #1) by Max Brallier
Even though this one is a bit more serious, the choose your own adventure aspect of this one makes it incredibly fun. Zombie eat you? That’s okay! Flip back to the beginning and give surviving another shot.