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As a huge reader, you can bet I spend just as much time reading about zombies than I do making them (actually, I read a lot more, no surprises there). If you are in the market for some Halloween Zombie reading, then you will love these!

Top 10 Zombie Books

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1. The Girl With All the Gifts, M. R Carey

When this book was gifted to me last year by my good friend Sarah, I trusted her choice implicitly and dove in without even reading the back cover. Little did I know that I was in for one of the most surprising and wonderful Zombie novels I have ever read. I don’t even want to begin to describe it in the hopes you will pick it up and be just as pleasantly surprised. Worth every read and re-read so far!

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2. World War Z, Max Brooks

A common selection on zombie book lists, but Brooks has more than earned this position. Told from the perspective of a historian recording world accounts of the Zombie War after the fact, it is a great look at how zombies would effect the world on a global scale, and so many human survival perspectives from many different cultures.

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3. The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks

A companion to World War Z covering all of your zombie survival basics. A well written and fun read!

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4. Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, Seth-Grahame Smith

A parody novel that incorporates the original story line of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Grahame-Smith brings a fantastic chaos to a set of strong heroines.

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5. The Stand, Stephen King

Ok, cheating a little here as it is post-apocolypse and not actual zombies… but it does incorporate all aspects of a virus wiping out humanity as we know it, literally encapsulating the spirit of zombie novels with everything except, you know, zombies. As my first love in the dystopian novel category, it had to make the list.

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6. Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?, Max Brallier

OMG do you remember the “Create Your Own Nightmare” series? I used to keep myself up super late at night reading these, bookmarking every possible choice so I could go back and try again… and sometimes terrifying myself into the wee hours of the morning. This book brings the same concept to life in the zombie apocalypse!

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7. Origin Z, Tony Hartzell

Would you take a vaccine that would cure you of all diseases, including cancer, and slows aging if it made you a target… to the undead? Hartzell takes a fascinating look at how the creation of this medical holy grail causes the collapse of society and creates a whole new problem for those fighting for survival.

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8. The Zombie Combat Manual, Roger Ma

Can you tell I am a bit of a planner? I just love these manuals! If the Zombie Survival Guide doesn’t give you enough battle ready instruction, then this manual will help you finish your apocalypse preparations.

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9. The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse, Lauren Wilson

All it took was the title for me to immediately fall for this book. I love recipes, and always thought one of the essential survival tools was a can opener. With wonderful tongue-in-cheek humor, Wilson adds the Savory Survival Tin to the survival essentials such as the Bug-Out-Bag (BOB) or Get-Out-Of-Dodge (GOOD) Bag. A great read with good information for “cooking on the go.”

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10. Feed, by Mira Grant

I love the media component of this novel, as it is bloggers that disseminate the truth to the masses about zombies that share group consciousness and get smarter as the hoards grow. Book one in her “Newsflesh” series, I am excited to read the next two!

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