Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, and it’s now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out her wonderful blog to get the details and the prompts for each week!
This week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic is ghosts, which was an incredibly difficult topic for me to write about. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of spooky things, and I haven’t read a lot of books featuring ghosts. When I was brainstorming this topic, I texted my friend to ask her to name some fictional ghosts, and then I got hung up on my use of the word fictional, and the conversation didn’t go anywhere productive. Eventually, I managed to think of three books that I’ve read that feature ghosts, and the last two entries on this list are books featuring ghosts on my TBR.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I feel a little bit weird including this book on this list because it is far too early to think about Christmas, but at the same time, the ghosts in this book are pretty iconic. The story of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future has been adapted so often, and it would feel weird not to include them on a list of books with ghosts. I also feel like I have to include them because this is one of the few books I can think of that I’ve read that features ghosts.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – When I saw this prompt, The Graveyard Book was the first book that I thought of. If I remember correctly, Bod grows up in a graveyard, and the ghosts help raise him. I don’t think Silas, the character that protects Bod, is a ghost, but I know that there are ghosts in this book. As you can see, I really need to devote some more time to ghosts and spooky things because this list is a struggle.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – This is the most recent book I’ve read that features ghosts, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should add it to your TBR. In this book, the pirate ship known as the Ship of Shadows has ghost-like creatures on it. I don’t think any of the ghost creatures in this book had names, but they were pretty cool, and they played a significant enough part of the story for me to include them on this list.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – This is one of the ghosty books on my TBR. I haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab yet, but I want to read some of her books because I’ve heard so many amazing things about them. This will most likely be the first book of hers that I pick up because it’s a middle-grade book, and I’ve been enjoying middle-grade books lately. Ideally, I’d like to pick up this ghosty book this month because of Halloween, but we’ll see what happens.
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega – This is another middle-grade ghosty book that’s on my TBR. When this book came out earlier this year, I fell in love with the cover, and the plot also sounds like a lot of fun. Once again, I don’t know if I’ll get to it before Halloween, but we’ll see.