*Shockingly* not everyone likes scary reads. Obviously, I don’t fall in that camp as I love me some #WickedGoodReads, but if you just want a little bite-size dose of … uncomfortable feels … these are my 3 recommendations for you – books that might make you squirm a little, but not hide your face in fright or disgust.
A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
Beautiful story about a scholarly witch who doesn’t want to be a witch, and the vampire who she falls in love with her. It is a big book, and a bit dense at times, but well worth taking the time to read it.
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
In the small community of Claysville, the dead walk free unless there their graves are not properly tended. And now that Rebekkah’s grandma is dead – killed by a ghost while she was tending a grave – she must return and take over the family business. Not very scary … and dare I say it … but it’s quite a cute story.
Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King
You didn’t really think this Stephen King fan was going to make a list without him on it … did you?! This short stories in this book are fictional, but the situations that arise are all too possible, and so are the choices that have to be made. King does as an excellent job writing with enough vivid detail to bring the stories to life. As one review that I read put it, “I love how Stephen King can make me squirm, shiver, and laugh out loud all at the same time.” (Source)
What books would you recommend for not-so-scary reads?