Top 5 (books about a death) Tuesday

Well, it’s the end of April so I think the prompt fits? Maybe it’s just me πŸ˜… Anyway! As always, you can get your prompts for next month by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and definitely to see which books she picked here!

Slight spoilers for some of the books, sorry – like just putting them on here would’ve been spoilered already by just being in this post πŸ˜‚


A Monster Calls - PatrickA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator), Siobhan Dowd (Conception) (GR/SG) – I’ve only seen the movie (utterly wrecked me, do recommend) but I really love Patrick Ness (even though I’ve just read one book by him). So I’m bound to really like this as well.

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

The Fault in our Stars -The Fault in our Stars by John Green (GR/SG) – Yes, it’s utterly cliche that I’m putting this here but also I feel like you can’t not have this book here when you have a post like this πŸ˜…

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.


Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Book Thief - Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak (GR/SG) – I will get to the book and movie… at some time…

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Under the Whispering Door - T.J.Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune (GR/SG) – I’ve recently read this and it also broke me, made me cry, need the adaptation right now; and also want to read it again 😭

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with. 

Scythe - Neal ShustermanScythe by Neal Shusterman (GR/SG) – It’s literally a book about death and dying πŸ˜† still very much need to finish this trilogy – hopefully this year?

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end lifeβ€”and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scytheβ€”a role that neither wants. These teens must master the β€œart” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. 


I really enjoyed this one! Even though it’s… Literally about death πŸ˜… But Under the Whispering Door is very sweet and if you cry, you’ll cry out of love for the characters. Plus you won’t be alone in the crying πŸ˜‚

How many of these have you read? I’ve been good and read 3 of these here! Are you more of a fan of tragic or happy plots? I’m an angst lover so I’m all for the sadness!

9 thoughts on “Top 5 (books about a death) Tuesday”

      1. It is yes! A cosy game where you’re the spiritfarer; so you take on the spirits to help them pass, do little missions for them, etc. I got it on switch but iknow for sure its on steam too

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