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!
It’s pretty late on a Tuesday and I’ve had quite the day 😅 Still, before we roll into the middle of the week, it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! The themes during August are all scavenger hunts and, I have to admit, this one threw me for a loop. I, apparently, have not read a ton of books with keys on the cover. That being said, I’ve cobbled together a list that only stretches the theme a teensy bit, haha.
Let’s jump into the post, shall we?
#1. Duma Key by Stephen King
So there’s definitely not a key in this beachy cover, but there is one in the title! This also happens to be one of my favorite Stephen King novels, if not my favorite. I feel like this is one that people don’t talk about often or really know about, but it’s absolutely incredible! It follows a man named Edgar Freemantle who moves to the beaches of Florida after a construction site accident leaves him without an arm. He gets back into art, something that used to bring him joy… and things get weird from there. This is well worth the read!
#2. Nightbooks by J.A. White
We’re playing a little bit more loose with this scavenger hunt with this one 😂 There’s no key in the cover image or in the title… but there is a keyhole! Shape! The suggestion of a keyhole at the very least! Look, I told you I had a rough time with this one, haha. All that aside, I loved this middle grade horror. It was spooky yet endearing and left me wanting more from this author. My favorite bits were the scare stories sprinkled throughout the already scary story, curtesy of our MC, Alex. I could read a whole book just filled with those!
#3. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
I finally found a book with an actual key on the cover! We’ll not talk about whether or not this is the actual cover of the edition I read… Either way, this may not be my favorite Agatha Christie, but it is the first book in the Hercule Poirot series. For that reason alone, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I love that little egg-shaped headed detective and I’m having so much fun reading through his adventures. Especially if Captain Hastings is tagging along. The way those two play off each other is just art. I really need to continue on as I’ve had a pretty good momentum going lately.
#4. Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key by Estelle Grace Tudor
This one has both a key on the book and a key in the title! I’m getting the hang of this 😂 This was a fun, quick middle grade fantasy that I read awhile ago. It was sweet and magical, with a beautifully crafted fairy world that is hidden just beyond a secret door. I loved the characters and their familial bond. I couldn’t help but find Octavia, her sister, and her cousins all incredibly endearing and I was rooting for them throughout the story! It’s also just the beginning to a series which… I haven’t continued with just yet. I’m so far behind on so many series, haha.
#5. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Now we have key in the title and a keyhole so… almost double points? One and a half, I guess! This also happens to be my favorite Ruth Ware book to date. Something about the creepy atmosphere and even creepier kids had me hooked! I also loved how you think you know the story going in and it gets flipped on the head as you read. At least that’s what happened to me! This was an eerie, thrilling read that is perfect for spooky season. Maybe don’t read it alone in a big, empty house, though. It’ll have you glancing over your shoulders!
What are your top five books with keys on the cover? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!