Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Bones


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!

It’s late on a Tuesday and I am just now getting to sit and write this post. School starts tomorrow and clothes shopping was accomplished today after a long day at work. Ya girl is T I R E D. Still, I can’t let this day end without joining in on the Top 5 Tuesday fun! Mostly because today’s scavenger hunt was one of the easier ones for me. I had to pick five of my favorite books with bones on the cover.

I suppose it says something about that this came so easily… 😂

Anyways! I had to tough time narrowing this down to five books, but I’m happy with the books I’ve chosen. Let’s get to the list!


#1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Starting off with a fairly obvious one, though not all covers feature the classic “Alas, poor Yorick…” scene. This is hands down my favorite Shakespeare play. Always has been and always will be. I’ve consumed so many renditions of this play that it’s slightly obscene, lol. Unfortunately, my version of the play has this creepy looking guy on it… but at least there’s also a skull so I can feature it on this list!


#2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This doesn’t feature any actual bones, but ‘bone’ is in the title, and I say that counts! This might also be an excuse to gush about one of my favorite series of all time. This is the first book in the Great Library series, which is criminally underrated. It features an alternate timeline in which the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down and now it’s this super shady organization that controls the flow of knowledge. The series is incredible!


#3. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

You gotta look real close with this cover, but I promise there is bone! If you zoom in, you can see Death and his bony face driving the car. I also wanted to talk about this book because it’s an old favorite of mine that I barely ever mention. I was assigned to read this in one of my high school English classes. I probably love it so much partly because it wasn’t another musty old classic! The story follows a man who has to take over for Death after shooting him and it was a great read.


#4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I don’t really talk about my love for the Shadow & Bone trilogy much. Mostly because this series is so hyped, I feel like everything that could possibly be said about it has already been said! Still, this is a solid series that I enjoy revisiting every now and then. Especially now that the Netflix series is a thing. This first book, though it doesn’t have actual bones on the cover, at least has the word! It’s also my favorite of the series. Just talking about it now makes me want to re-read it 😂


#5. Deity by Matt Wesolowski

I completely forgot that the cover of this book featured a skull but I’m glad it does! That means I get to talk about my favorite book in the Six Stories series. Deity follows our favorite true crime podcaster, Scott King, as he delves into the mysterious death of a pop legend, Zach Crystal. This book goes to some pretty dark places, so make sure to check trigger warnings. I think it’s my favorite because the creepy elements are truly spine-tingling. The audiobook is all A++.


What are your top five books with bones on the cover? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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