Zombie Reads for the Squeamish Reader #YakketyYak

Posted October 30, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Yakkety Yak Let's Chat / 20 Comments

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Yep!  I’m going there in honor of the Halloween season.  Like an AA Meeting member I stand before you confessing that I am a wussy, squeamish reader and not ashamed to own to it.  I don’t do horror, oh nope nope nope.  I consider the folks who do the brave types with strong intestinal fortitude.

But then I decided to take that leap of faith- I read a zombie book.  Yep, I gakked, groaned, turned my head and prayed for strength a few times, but I read it- cover to cover.

What got me to do it was visiting Velvet’s vvb32 blog and seeing her annual Zombie blog event.  This gal lovessssss her zombies.  If she finds mention of them even in a non-zombie tale they get a shout out.  But once a year, she devotes her posts to all things zombies.  It made me eye the one zombie book I had on my shelf and gulp.  Let’s just say, it got there because some well-meaning person knew I read Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance so they bought me a zombie romance for Christmas.  Mmhmm, as Jamie Fraser would say.

So anyhoots, I decided to suck it up and give that bad boy a go.  Velvet cheered me on by inviting me to share a few thoughts about my experience on her blog and I do mean a few thoughts.  She has this cool review style she calls ‘Two Bits’ which I did (first mini-review folks, count it for the win), but naturally, I had to share my usual review with you, our regular peeps.

This got me to thinking.  In truth, I’ve encountered zombies before only it was the really soft fluffy bunny ones on the spectrum.  I thought, hey, why don’t I share a few of these with our readers, who like me, just want to dip the baby toe into the squicky zombie stories.  Now I get that the squick factor is subjective so I’m calling anything I was able to read and finish, a light-weight and for the squeamish types.

So here it is, my list of Zombie Reads for the Squeamish Reader.  Do enjoy!

  1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (had to include the one I just read, right?)
  2. Dearly Departed and it’s sequel by Lia Habel
  3. Jeanette Frost’s Night Huntress series (the ghouls count as zombies for me)Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler
  4. AR Von’s Wunder series
  5. Rebecca Zanetti’s Scorpius Syndrome series
  6. The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough
  7. The Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina

And just for kicks, here is the list of Zombie Reads that are on my wish list.

  1. Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series
  2. Jesse Peterson’s Living With the Dead series

Got any more I can add?  😉

Where do you fall on the squeamish scale with zombie books and shows?  If you like them, what are your favorites?  Do tell!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I used to read a lot of zombies books but it’s been a while, I need to go back to them. I have a few so I know I’ll read some soon again!

    • Oh neat! A zombie fan. 🙂 Hope you get the chance to read the ones on your shelves. I’m curious what ones you’ve got.

  • I’ve read some zombies, but not as many as I would like. The old Anita Blake have zombies. I love White Trash Zombie series (get the audios when you finally start this series. It is amazing on audio).

    The newest love in the zombie world is Newsflesh by Mira Grant. It is a great series that takes place about 20 years since the first zombie rose. Society is back in order with politics and technology to help protect people. This series is so full of great characters. Every book was a 4.5 or 5 star read. I hope you will try it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh, I forgot about the Anita Blake ones. Thanks for reminding me.

      I’ll have to put the White Trash set on my audio wish list so I can snag them on sale or if the gal at Audible asks me what I’d like to review.

      And yes, I just trotted over to GR to scope out the Newsflesh series- that does sound good. Looks like it meshes in some action thriller stuff, too.

  • I haven’t read a lot of Zombie books, mostly because I don’t do well with blood and gore. I can do creepy, like ghost creepy. Add the blood, guts and gore and I run for the hills

    • I can get behind that distinction. Usually, I’m the same way which it why my list of zombie books is short and some aren’t really about the zombies. I can’t even watch that show. Nope. Uh uh. 😉

  • LOL I’m so on the squeamy wussy side of things. I’ve read Frost’s but that’s it so far. I do have Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry on my list. It’s been there for years. One day I shall brave it 😉

    • Oh, I know that name. Let me check…yep, Mark Henry is the guy who wrote that funny one I read earlier this year, Parts and Wreck about the demon hunts (FYI that one had a bit of gore though it was a lot of macabre comedy, too.). Maybe you’ll get to your Happy Hour of the Damned. Not sure if I should encourage that or not. LOL. I do not want to be responsible for you hiding under the bed with the Herd all staring at you from the edges.

  • JenM

    Zombies are one of my least favorite paranormal creatures to read about. They totally gross me out and since there are so many other choices out there, I usually just avoid them. I would recommend Jesse Petersen’s Living With The Dead series. For some reason, I picked it up in spite of my general dislike of zombies and I really enjoyed the whole series, but it didn’t inspire me to read any others LOL.

    • I hear you there, Jen. This is why after four decades I am just now reading my first true zombie themed book. And that was a bit of a push to get through.

      Oh good, another vote for the Jesse Petersen series. That’s what I want to try at some point.

  • I loved zombies before zombies were cool. How hipster of me. lol! You have got to listen to the White Trash Zombie series! It is so not your traditional zombie story. I liked Warm Bodies & Dearly Departed. Wish the author would’ve wrote the third book to DD. I love Jonathan Maberry’s books too – more about the humans that the zombies.

    • You’re my heroine, Christy! 🙂 Oh so very hipster.

      Yay another vote for Diana Rowland’s series. And this is good to know that it’s better on audio.

      Oh yes, I did feel sad when Lia announced that for health reasons that she was stepping away from writing and wouldn’t be able to finish the third DD book. I always hate recommending them b/c I know the series will remain unfinished, but I did love her books.

      Hmm, I’ll have to check out Jonathan Maberry books. Those sound familiar.

  • I love zombies and would recommend Feed by Mira Grant 🙂

    • Aha! I just realized why that one sounded familiar when Melanie recommended it. I read your reviews for the series and got all excited as a result. On the list, Kimberly! 🙂

  • Love this post 😉
    Been meaning to try the White Trash Zombie series. The covers are cool with hip looking zombies.

    • Yes, it’s all your fault, dear lady. 🙂

      I’ve had that series recommended the most and to not miss it on audio so that will probably be my next zombieventure in 2017.

  • Same here, I don’t read horror or thrillers, I don’t like to be scared or get a scare and usually avoid those type of books. Strangely enough one of my favorite reads this year was a thriller, but it was by one of my favorite authors so that has more to do with it probably. I’ve never really liked zombies either, but I haven’t really read a lot of books in that genre to really base that on actual books I read, it’s more that I don’t like the ideas of zombies or find them creepy. Diana’s Rowland her zombie series is one I might check out once as I’ve enjoyed the books I read in her other series. I do feel that there are a bit more variety in zombie books lately and also some where they aren’t that scary, which sounds like a good thing. Great post!

    • I’ve pushed my scare limits more this year than ever, but I don’t see myself completely taking the plunge into the scary stuff. I’ll get around to Diana Rowland’s zombie series, too.