Top Ten Tuesday: Disturbing Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

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My topic is:

Disturbing Reads

These books aren’t all scary or anything. Some of them were mentally disturbing.

1. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

Ghosts haunting a run down hotel and a possible serial killer had me reading with one eye open.

2. Echoes Between Us
Author: Katie McGarry

I was on edge with this one due to the possibilities of ghosts and the empty tuberculosis hospital.

3. Marrow
Author: Tarryn Fisher

There wasn’t one thing about it that didn’t get under my skin or make me uncomfortable.

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Brynn Greenwood

Beautifully written, but all those ugly things were truly ugly to read about.

5. Nine Minutes
Author: Beth Flynn

Disturbing, but in a good way? There’s Stockholm syndrome involved in this one and a lot of other bad motorcycle gang stuff, but the twists and turns are fascinating.

6. Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma

One word: Incest.

7. The Weight of Blood
Author: Laura McHugh

The tone of this book was so disturbing and stressful to me that I was constantly having to take breaks while reading it.

8. Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover

I think what made this book even more disturbing was that it’s written by a romance writer. I wasn’t expecting to feel so… disturbed.

9. After
Author: Anna Todd

I know this book/series gets a TON of love, but it has one of the most disturbing college relationships I’ve ever read. Hardin is emotionally abusive and I can’t romanticize his and Tessa’s relationship is romanticized so much.

10. Fear Me
Author: B.B. Reid

Here’s another one that’s disturbing based on emotional, sexual, and physical abuse content. In no way should the relationship between Kerian and Lake be romanticized. Not to say that Reid isn’t a talented writer, though.

65 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Disturbing Reads”

    1. I know, right? I feel like I have to mentally prepare myself before I read her books.

    1. Yes, it was a great creepy read. As for Forbidden – as long as you can stomach that topic and the way the author will make you feel about it, the writing is good.

  1. I like your twist on the topic – there’s definitely more than one way a book can be disturbing!

    1. SO TOXIC. It makes me sad that people love that couple. I mean, I did like that last book of theirs. I felt like that made peace for me, but STILL. Too many books of toxicity.

    1. I don’t think I knew what I was getting into with that one… The Sun Down Motel was really good — and I don’t normally like creepy.

  2. The blog title got me clicking and I actually read a couple of the books you mentioned. And the first book that came to mind when I read “disturbing reads” was SICK FUX by Tillie Cole – lol.

    ~ Corina |

    1. I have not read that one by Cole. I can only imagine how disturbing that one would be. I’m sure it would have made the list if I had read it.

  3. Awesome list. I want to read The Sun Down Motel. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was on my wish list, too. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    1. If you like CoHo’s writing, then you will probably still enjoy it. Even if it is a tad creepy.

  4. I really love disturbing books, which is probably a little weird ha. I really want to read Forbidden, it has been on my list for ages! Great choices, I think disturbing books can often be scarier than books that are supposed to frighten!

  5. I haven’t read any of Katie McGarry’s books, but see them around all the time. Totally know what you mean about a story not being visually “scary” but being mentally “scary.” I find some movies like that, but don’t know that I’ve really read any books that fall into the category. Appreciate you stopping by Finding Wonderland – thanks! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you loved it. I just had a hard time reconciling the fact that the writing was so good and hating the actual story.

  6. I’ve read the first two books in the Fear Me series and I agree with you that it’s quite disturbing. The Sun down Motel is currently on my TBR list. I hope I’ll get to it soon! I really want to read Nine Minutes! I’ve heard so many great things about it!

    1. If you read Nine Minutes, you have to let me know what you think. Even if the first book isn’t your favorite, I would read the second because it might change your mind.

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