Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books About a Death

Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Top 5 Tuesday! The prompt for today is the top 5 books about a death. Quite a few books came to mind for this one, but these five really stood out to me (probably because of recency bias…lol…but seriously I really liked all of these). Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted at Meeghan Reads!

Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham

Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold.

This is Alys’s.

When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why.  But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives. 

Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

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.

The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan

The Justice of Kings, the first in a new epic fantasy trilogy, follows the tale of Sir Konrad Vonvalt, an Emperor’s Justice – a detective, judge and executioner all in one. As he unravels a web of secrets and lies, Vonvalt discovers a plot that might destroy his order once and for all – and bring down the entire Empire. 

As an Emperor’s Justice, Sir Konrad Vonvalt always has the last word. His duty is to uphold the law of the empire using whatever tools he has at his disposal: whether it’s his blade, the arcane secrets passed down from Justice to Justice, or his wealth of knowledge of the laws of the empire. But usually his reputation as one of the most revered—and hated—Justices is enough to get most any job done. 

When Vonvalt investigates the murder of a noblewoman, he finds his authority being challenged like never before. As the simple case becomes more complex and convoluted, he begins to pull at the threads that unravel a conspiracy that could see an end to all Justices, and a beginning to lawless chaos across the empire.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

So, there you have it. My top 5 books about a death. What books about a death have you enjoyed? Let me know what they are down in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books About a Death

    • Yeah. I realized I read a lot about death from doing this post. Those two books are some of my all time favorites exactly because of all the feels. They definitely created an existential crisis of sorts while reading them. 😆

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  1. Ninth House was mind-boggling. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin was a fun read. A teenager (the titular Denton Little) lives in a world where everyone knows the date they’re going to die. Denton is going to die in two days – the day of his senior prom. But he’s got a lot of living left to do, and a lot of questions that need answering! I came across it when my older son had to read it for an English class.

    Odd Birds by Severo Perez was another good one. Not my usual fare, but an intriguing read.

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    • Ninth House was definitely a good read. It was a wild and interesting ride, and I am looking forward to the sequel. I’ll have to check both of those others out. Denton Little’s Deathdate sounds like it might be somewhat similar to They Both Die At the End, and I loved that book. Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

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  2. OMG. I can’t believe I forgot about They Both Die at the End!! This is the problem when I write posts while I’m on holidays — no checking spines for inspiration 🙈
    AMAZING list as usual, and I hope you had fun with this topic 💕

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