Top 5 Wednesday | Spooky Times #SpooktasticReads

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and hosted for a while by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic has been chosen by Gabriela from Hey it’s Gabs. If you want to know a little bit more about Top 5 Wednesday, you can visit the Goodreads group here.


I haven’t written a Top 5 Wednesday post in a while but this week topic suited Spooktastic Reads perfectly since it’s about spooky reads so… I had to do it! πŸŽƒπŸ’€πŸ‘»

I’m still very new to spooky books, I avoided them for years because I was certain that they were going to scare me to death. However, now that I have read a few of them, I have realized that I can enjoy them. Here are some of my favorites! πŸ˜€

1.When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

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I finished this one a few days ago and it creeped me out a lot. I don’t usually get scared while reading but this one gave me chills. It’s a thriller/horror book about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood. I loved how slow and unsettling it was and the ending gave me Get Out vibes! I also loved all the historical bits about Brooklyn.

2. Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohammed

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Beneath the Rising is a horror book following two teenagers who accidentally trigger the end of the world while trying to create an unlimited energy source, they now have to stop a bunch of evil gods from destroying the entire planet.

This story was so much fun, it has horror elements but it reads as a fun adventure story. It’s a bit over the top but it’s so engaging and crazy that I couldn’t stop reading!

You can read my review of Beneath the Rising here.

3. Ring Shout by P. Djèli Clark

Yes, I can’t stop talking about this novella! πŸ˜‚

Set in a world where some Ku Klux Klan members are human-eating monsters, Ring Shout follows Maryse and her two friends Sadie and Chief as they hunt them and try to stop a ceremony that could end their world.

It’s only a novella but it packs a punch, the historical references are fascinating, the characters are amazing and the story kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I really liked it!

You can read my review of Ring Shout here.

4. The Dollmaker by Nina Allan

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The Dollmaker follows a dollmaker as he travels to meet a woman he is fascinated by. During his travel, the main character reads a collection of eerie and strange stories that are oddly similar to his own life.

This book is an odd one, it’s not really a horror book because only the short stories contain speculative elements. However, the parallels between the narrator’s life and the spooky stories are striking and it feels like something magical might happen at any moment. The whole book reads like a dream and the atmosphere is very eerie and spooky.

I also loved the fact that the short stories were interspersed in the main narrative, they were well incorporated and I thought they added a lot to the story.

You can read my review of The Dollmaker here.

5. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

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Jack Sparks, a journalist famous for his controversial tweets and terrible attitude, wants to tackle a new subject: the supernatural. He is ready to show the world that monsters don’t exist, but what will happen to him if they do?

The Last Days of Jack Sparks is a crazy ride, some parts are hilarious and others are chilling. I think it’s a great book for people who are not used to horror since it deals with classic tropes in a unique and fun way!

You can read my review of The Last Days of Jack Sparks here.

πŸ‘» What are your favorite spooky books? Have you read any of my picks? πŸ‘»


Art by Sergey Nivens from 123RF.com

Spooktastic Read is an event hosted by imyrilLisa and Jorie from October 19th to October 31st. It celebrates the diversity of spooky stories: from gothic stories to cozy mysteries, to zombie and vampire books to thrillers and Lovecraftian tales, you are sure to find stories to spice up your month of October! 

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