Creepy Atmospheric Books | Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is all about our favorite spooky books, as Halloween is just around the corner!

These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.

I’m not a big horror book/movie person, so most of these are creepy books, or just very weird.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins- The first book in this series is seriously creepy. You never know what’s going on, and you don’t even know if Mara herself is a reliable protagonist because she thinks she’s being haunted (which she kinda is?).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- While I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, and it isn’t the creepiest thing in the world, it’s still a fun Halloween read if you aren’t a big horror person. At least the photos and the peculiars themselves are pretty weird/creepy.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness- Here’s an extremely heart breaking creepy read for you. The story and message in this book are beautiful, and the illustrations are so hauntingly beautiful to look at. The illustrations truly do set up the atmosphere for this book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- If I had to pick a book that fits the macabre setting, this is definitely the one. The world that Taylor weaves is seriously one of the weirdest and slightly unsettling, but also one of the most gorgeous worlds I’ve ever read. I need to finish this series, because it’s so good.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn- Alright, you’ve probably never have heard of this book, and I actually forgot about it until I was thinking about this topic. I read this book way back in elementary school (8 or 9 years ago), and I don’t remember much about it. However, I do know there’s a ghost or something in this lake and that it scared the hell out of me when I was younger.


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