Top 5 Tuesday: Books About Death

Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

I spent most of this day thinking it was Monday, so imagine how happy I am that I’m doing a Top 5 Tuesday post! The topic this week is can be a bit of a mood killer, though. That’s because I’ll be picking five books that deal with death. Now, the books I’ve pulled from some of my favorites don’t necessary completely revolve around death, but a death is usually the catalyst of the story. I think that works for today’s prompt!

With that being said, let’s get to the post and my choices 💀


#1. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Of course, when the topic of death was mentioned, this book immediately came to mind. It is, after all, centered around a young brujo who accidentally summons the ghost of one of his recently departed classmates. This was such a great read, with touching moments and the sweetest romance between Yadriel and Julian (the ghost boy). It was also scary as hell in some parts, but that’s why I loved it!

#2. Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

I’m picking the first book in this iconic series that blends horror and thriller into one tantalizing read. However, a number of the books in this series would fit the theme! I’m so glad I joined in on with a book club for this because I had honestly not heard of it before it was picked as our next series to read. I love that it’s all based around a true crime podcast and I love that there is always some kind of scary story lurking in the periphery.

#3. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Speaking of excellent thriller series, I had to include this one on the list! I absolutely loved AGGGTM and am I little shocked that I still haven’t continued with the series. This book centers around a young woman looking into a murder case from years ago, so I think it qualifies for the theme. I loved Pip, the main character, so much and the author does an incredible job of building the tension throughout this story.

#4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I had to get Agatha Christie on this list, of course. I’ve been reading through her Poirot novels with a group of bookish friends (though I’m woefully behind…) and found myself loving that funny little detective. That being said, for this list I had to pick my favorite Christie that definitely centers around death, And Then There Were None. This was actually the first Agatha Christie book I ever read and, to this day, it remains her best, in my opinion. I still have a lot of Christie books to read, though, so that may change!

#5. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

So this book is about a lot of things, but it certainly kicks off with a death! And I feel like death is a definite theme throughout the story. I also may be trying to squeeze one of my favorite recent reads on this list, but that’s neither here nor there! This mystery with bits of fantasy was an absolute delight to read. It was impossible to put down because I was completely wrapped up in the events that Peng Shepherd created. It definitely made me want to read more of her books.


What are your top five books that involve death? Any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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