Top 5 Wednesday, Young Adult

Favourite Creepy Settings | T5W 11th


Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about some of my favourite creepy settings.

I love me an eery atmosphere! I can’t help it, but this time of the year I’ve finding myself fancy of some creepy and Halloween-y books. So this was a favourite topic of mine, to be honest, dispite taking me so long to come across five. I have a few more, of course, but I think this are my I-know-I-have-to-read-it type of books, and the ones I love reading the most!

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Wednesday, it is a Goodeads group now currently run by Sam over at ToughtsOfTomes on Youtube, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. You can join the group here if you want to participate!

Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s topic!


Boarding Schools

My thoughts: Okay, this is such a cool creepy setting and one I like reading the most, because I feel you can create a very eery atmosphere and get away with it. Also, they are usually really fun to read, I feel because we all know and been inside a school and so are familiar with them, and that’s what I think makes it so interesting to read. They are usually so secretive and mysterious it’s easy to get into and sometimes they give you the chills!

Books Above

Hunting Prince Dracula, The Name of The Star, A Great and Terrible Beauty.


Small Towns

My thoughts: I don’t know why I came across this setting, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense to me. Think about it: a lot of creepy things can happen in a small town not a lot of people know about. And I adoore the tension created in those books (actually some of them have become my favourites, so there’s that!). They are the perfect stories to read at night while you’re cozy on your couch or bed.

Books Above

The Female of The Species, The Raven Boys, Little Monsters.


Forests, woods, and lakes

My thoughts: Boy, oh, boy, aren’t these settings scary! I don’t reach for these ones as much as the others, but sometimes I can’t help myself and I need my creepy books, and so those are the ones I usually pick. They are always such interesting and odd stories, and me being the chicken nugget I am, I end up always creeped out. But I love them anyways.

Books Above

Drown, The Wood, The Creeping.


Circus & Carnivals

My thoughts: Okay, before we go any futher, I have to say this: I hate clowns. They scare the crap out of me and I completely dislike them, even when I was a kid. However, circuses and carnivals have that eery and weird atmosphere I adore, and they usually have amazing settings, so that’s why I love them so much. Also my favourite book has one of those settings.

Books Above

The Night Circus, Caraval, Daughter of The Burning City.


Post-Apocalyptic Worlds

My thoughts: Now I have to say I don’t really reach for dystopian novels that often, because I’ve come to the conclusion I’m usually not a big fan of those, but despite that they usually have such creepy and scary settings, they often freak me out. I do like books that lean towards paranormal more than dystopia, or have any sort of monsters in them, so that’s why I’m still including this setting in here.

Books Above

The Immortal Rules, Alice, This Savage Song.


What are your favourite creepy settings and books? Let me know in the comments if you have any Halloween recommendations, because I’m on the hunt of some of them and I need your help!


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2 thoughts on “Favourite Creepy Settings | T5W 11th”

  1. Ahh I love how you do this week’s prompts ❤ I agree with small town and boarding school; the first one because they always seem unassuming and boring, while the latter because they are pretty normal, that a lot of people just didn't anticipate things to happen. I'm going to check some of your book recs, amazing post!

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    1. I thought about talking about only one specific book but I couldn’t! I had so many favourite creepy settings that I ended up writing it that way😅.

      Yess! Also you can create something spooky out of something completely ordinary everyone’s aware and familiar of, and that’s something I find really awesome!


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