4 Books That Scared The Daylights Out Of Us

4 Books That Scared The Daylights Out Of Us

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Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 24, 2010

Around these parts, there are not many of us who would rather do much of anything besides curl up with a good book. When we were younger we thought we could read anything. It was all about devouring every last bit of literature we could. That said, there were a few of those reads that left us quaking in our boots and had us chewing our fingernails down to little nubs.

Here are our top 4 books that scared the pants off us when we were younger, do you share any of the same sentiment for these reads?

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Having Lord Of The Rings obsessed fans (back when it was cool to love the book and not just the movie) for parents, we read The Hobbit when we were really (really) young. It is still one of our favorite books, but we swear our imaginations were far more creative back then, so wizards and trolls were more than just a fuzzy beard and funny clothes.

2. Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz: So obviously the book title would have been a clue to stay away, but we couldn't help ourselves. It was the coolest book to pick up at the book fair that year and even though we were in Junior High these books were still too much for us. The fact that we did know a little more about the real world (and watched the nightly news) made these books almost plausible and therefor terrifying!

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl: The Witches came around a little too early for us, in fact we weren't even really ready for the movie either. Those bald heads still to this day sometimes haunt our nightmares when we're extra sleepy.

4. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman: Although this book didn't come out until 2005 we still read it too early in life. We're sure others won't have the same problem that we did with it (a complete and total freak out fear of wolves... we also don't like spiders if you want to make fun of that too), but for us, this book was a total creep out! Wolves in walls... like ACK!

What was the scariest book you read when you were little? It might not seem so scary now, but due to timing or age it might have seemed like it made you feel a little uneasy back then! Let us know below!

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