Real Life Monsters: Top Ten Terrifying Realistic Reads

October 27, 2015

I do not do horror or vampires or zombies. However, I have read some realistic fiction that has disturbed me/creeped me out to varying degrees. So, without further ado, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (links go to my reviews):


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1. Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard & James Marshall — I find the fact that sweet Miss Nelson was replaced (and let’s be real, probably eaten) by super mean Miss Swamp totally terrifying. Okay, so Miss Nelson probably just dressed up as Miss Swamp, but that makes it even more creepy. (I read this in elementary school and still remember the plot. See? Terrifying.)

2. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott — If I were counting down, this would probably be at the top of the list. This book CREEPED ME ALL THE WAY OUT.

3. The Circle by Dave Eggers — Okay, so The Circle seems like a cool place to work until you realize that they completely encroach on their employees’ personal lives and erase any semblance of personality from them.

4. The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coates — This book made me truly understand the conditions that bore out Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Horrifying.

5. The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab — These are the kinds of books that make me happy I’m not rich.

6. The Selection by Keira Cass — I’m sorry, but I don’t want to live in a world in which teenage readers consider Aspen a viable love interest. The thought of anyone actively rooting for him horrifies me. (Technically, this is a dystopian novel, but there are no sci-fi/fantasy elements, so I’m keeping it on the list.)

7. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn — This book is dark, y’all.

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn — Oh, hello, psychopath.

9. Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyNo spoilers, but the bad guy in this is even worse than I originally thought.

10. Invisible by Pete Hautman — Something ain’t right with Dougie.

All right, let’s hear it. What are some realistic reads that have creeped you out?

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  1. christine danielle

    Ah, Aspen. Haha, I prefer Maxon.

    Here’s mine I hope you check it out 🙂 MY TOP TEN TUESDAY

  2. Rosemawrites

    Yay! We both don’t read monsters or zombies books and I am glad to see familiar novels on your list. 🙂

    Big Little Lies is on my TBR. I loved Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret and I think I would love Big Little Lies too! 🙂

    I agree also that Aspen is not a man that we should root for. 😀

    Great list!


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