Top 5 Wednesday

Favorite Creepy Settings

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Hello fellow bookworms 💀 It’s time for another Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly meme which was created by Lainey and is now hosted by Sam! This week’s topic is Favorite Creepy Settings!

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of horror movies or books, but I can take a bit of creepy and spooky at times! Therefore, Halloween is still a favorite of mine, even though I read and watch a lot that’s creepy but not terrifying 💀

This month I’ve aimed to read only spooky books that have a halloween-y setting or are otherwise spooky in any way. Therefore, I quite like todays topic, as it’s a great way to get even more recommendations (maybe for now, maybe for next year)!

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Life’s no fun without a good scare 💀

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) 💀 THE PECULIAR HOME & ISLAND 💀 This book series is one of the most creepy, which is why I originally didn’t pick it up. However, I’m glad I did because the books are really good and I love the creepy photographs, which give the story this special, eerie feeling and work so well together. We’ve got children with creepy, peculiar abilities and evil monsters that hunt them. I personally found the hollows to be especially terrifying because of how they look and how helpless most children are since they cannot see them. I would consider the setting to be really spooky, especially with how tragic and horrific the story starts.

2. The Call (Peadar O’Guilin) 💀 THE CALL & GREY LAND 💀 I  totally loved the book, because it was terrifying and the perfect Halloween Read. The premise really is spooky, because teenagers are Called into this evil fairy land where they have to survive a day (3 minutes 4 seconds in real life). However, only 1 in 10 teens survive and most return either horribly deformed or mentally scarred. There were so many terrifying things happening and it was so bloody and creepy. The Call could literally happen any time and I devoured the book in one day, because I couldn’t resist the gripping plotline. I also loved how the romance was realistic and not just a typical YA romance, which perfectly fit the overall atmosphere of the novel

3. A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) 💀 THE MONSTERS VISITS 💀 This book completely broke my heart. I loved the illustrations, which perfectly underline and visualize the text and also give off a creepy vibe! Despite its serious theme, A Monster Calls feels like the perfect read for the fall/Halloween season, since The Monsters Visits are quite spooky. They are not really scary, but definitely grip you and create a perfect atmosphere together with the illustrations. This is one strange book since it’s both a bit spooky but also heartbreaking, combining two very different themes. As far as I know this is Middle Grade so it won’t terrify you, but I highly recommend checking out the edition with the illustrations!

4. Three Dark Crowns (Kendare Blake) 💀 THE POISONER’S CITY 💀 The books setting in general is pretty creepy, since the island Fennbirn choses their queen Hunger Games Style. Queens here are born in triplets and have to murder each other for the crown, the last Queen standing wins and the cycle repeats. The Poisoner’s City and especially the Arron Household is by far the scariest location, since every queen has a special gift. Poisoner’s themselves are deadly and can never be trusted. Even worse Queen Katharine has shown no gift, but is forced to take in poison which means endless torture for her. The people she grew up with aren’t gentle but instead many of them bully and scorn her for her weakness, since they want to keep up the streak fo have a Poisoner Queen …

5. Dream A Little Dream (Kerstin Gier) 💀 THE DREAM HALLWAY 💀 Despite its humorous tone, there are a few creepy settings in this book, called Silber in German. It’s about dreams and every person in the book has a dream door through which they can go. Outside the door there is what I call the Dream Hallway, where all the doors are lined up. You can enter others dreams if you have a personal belonging and can overcome any passwords and riddles. The Hallway is really creepy because someone is always watching and listening in as well as lurking in the shadows waiting to attack. You’re not really safe there and there might or might not be a demon involved as well …

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What are your favorite books with spooky/creepy settings? I’d love to get some recommendations  💀

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7 thoughts on “Favorite Creepy Settings

  1. The book which made me stop reading creepy horror books was The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul. I haven’t read anything strictly “horror” since. If you’re looking for something shorter and perhaps less horror, I’d recommend My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier or The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Three Dark Crowns are on my TBR, but I don’t think I’ll get to them this year :/

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  2. Great list! The only book I’ve read of these is Three Dark Crowns, and I’ll never forget that feast scene in the first chapter (…poor Katharine).

    My favorite creepy/horror books are those by Cassandra Khaw. She writes short stories and novellas (adult fiction; most of the short stories are free online) and I love her writing style.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, the hollows were really creepy and frightening. Three Dark Crowns is really good, but rather slow paced if you don’t mind that 🙂 Thanks! I hope to get to as many halloween-y books as I can.
      I’m gonna check out your post as well 🙂

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