Let’s Talk Bookish – Books That Give You Nightmares

Hello, everyone! Today I’m participating in Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week. Since April 2022, Aria @ Book Nook Bits has been the host of LTB, and she posts each month’s topics on her blog! This week’s topic is about books that give you nightmares.

Have you ever had a nightmare about a book you read?

Luckily, I have not. I don’t tend to dream much, in general. I actually don’t think I’ve ever had a dream about a book I’ve read, good or bad.

Do you try to avoid scary books? Or do you really enjoy reading them?

I don’t necessarily avoid scary books as a rule, but I also don’t read a ton of them. I tend to prefer books that put me in a happy or sad headspace for some reason, probably because I already live with a high enough base level of anxiety. lol. I don’t need someone else’s imagination to come up with things to give me that “thrill” because my brain already does it for me on the daily, much more than I usually want.

I do love reading things that have creepy/spooky vibes, though, and paranormal fantasy stuff is fun to read. I’m sure some people would classify those as scary. I mostly try to avoid things that have intense psychological and/or body horror, though, because they usually make me very uncomfortable.

What are your favorite and least favorite scary books?

I do have a few favorite scary/spooky/creepy books:

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Fraternity by Andy Mientus, The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

I don’t particularly like making lists of least favorite books. So, I’m going to share a few scary books that are currently on my TBR instead:

Beholder by Ryan La Sala, Boys in the Valley by Philip Fracassi, Howl by Shaun David Hutchinson, My Dear Henry by Kalynn Bayron

What about you? Do you enjoy reading scary books? Let me know down in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Books That Give You Nightmares

  1. I’m very much with you about reading scary books. I don’t go out of my way to read them, but neither do I shun them. Idk…I guess I’d rather not be unsettled all of the time by my reading, though I have read a wee bit more horror this year relative to the past. The only 2 books that gave me nightmares involved pandemics/scary diseases: HOT ZONE by Richard Preston, which I read years ago; and SISTER, MAIDEN, MONSTER by Lucy Snyder, which I read in July.

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