Top 5 Wednesday | Non-Horror Books That Scared Me

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted Sam from Thoughts On Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s topic is top 5 non-horror books that scared me.

This one was … really hard. Books don’t scare me normally, so. I kind of went with books that more scared me because I was worried about something than because I was actually scared. Is that the same thing? Hm. Anyway.

5 – Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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The situation in this book is terrifying. The moon getting pushed too close to Earth and it wrecking all kinds of havoc on everything living here? Yikes!

4 – This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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Again, extremely terrifying setting. Even moreso, because school shootings (and shootings in general) are a very real threat to the population.

3 – Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

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Okay, I know this seems like a random and joke-ish option to throw up on this top 5 for the week, and you’re right, it is. But I went into this genderbend of the original book, terrified of what I might witness, and left feeling relatively the same as I had going in. What was Meyer thinking? How could you not go into this one without at least being slightly apprehensive of what it is you might read?

2 – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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I won’t give spoilers away, but this book scared me because I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering what was going to happen with my beloved Gansey. I didn’t trust Stiefvater to somehow forget the prediction we heard in the very first chapter of the very first book, so I knew shit was going to go down.

1 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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This, hands down, was the scariest non-horror book I ever threw myself into, because we had no idea what Rowling was going to throw at us in this final book. None.

It was absolutely terrifying.

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