#5OnMyTBR – Death

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

We have finished with the spookiest month of the year and find ourselves in November. You wouldn’t know that by the topic of today’s 5 On My TBR, though! Today, we will be talking about books that deal with death. Now, I kind of did a loose interpretation of this theme (as you’ll see), but the five books I picked are ones that I’m incredibly excited to read. They are all at least death-adjacent, so I think they work, lol.

Anyways, let’s get to my picks, shall we?


#1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I feel like I’m one of the only souls that hasn’t read this book, lol. It’s an obvious choice for this list as the narrator of the story is Death. I know I’ll probably love this story… there’s a bookish element which is one of my favorite things! I also know that this book will probably devastate me. I mean, the narrator is Death! This can’t have a happy ending…

#2. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

This is a non-fiction book that I’ve been wanting to read for what feels like ages! I work in the medical field and, while I was in training, I got to witness an autopsy. It was both sad and incredibly fascinating. So when this book appeared on my radar, I was excited to pick it up. My TBR, however, is where books go to be forgotten, apparently 😅 I’m still excited to read this book, but it’ll probably be awhile til I get to it.

#3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I couldn’t compile this list and not put this book on it. The whole plot revolves around a corporation of grim reapers, after all. I love the concept of this story, with the world in a state of seeming utopia where no one dies, so there are people trained to cull the population. It sounds so twisted and intriguing! I’ve heard great things about this series and I can’t wait to pick it up.

#4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The book with two very slightly different titles. I cannot tell you how confused I was when I initially went to add this to my TBR 😂 But this is a mystery novel that had really piqued my interest. It has a bit of the fantastical mixed into a murder plot and it sounds incredible! And it’s clearly centered around a death, so is perfect for this list. Will I love it? Will it leave me completely confused? Who knows, but I’m more than willing to find out!

#5. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

I bought this book almost immediately after finishing the first one in the series, Small Spaces. I absolutely love that spooky little book! I’m waiting until we’re more into winter to read it, but I cannot wait! There are ghosts, my three favs are back, and it just looks like it’s going to be just as creepy as the first one. Give me all the horror, no matter what age group! Also, look at that cover. Just… 😍👻


What are some books centering around death that you want to read? Have you read any of my choices? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!