5 Best Books … Ghost Stories

5 Best BooksCassandra of Indie Reader Houston runs the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.

This week, the topic is Ghost stories. I don’t read a lot of fantasy-type books, but a ghost story every now and then is fun. Here are my 5 Best:

The White Devil by Justin Evans

The White Devil by Justin EvansA ghostly thriller about an American boy who spends a year at a private English school, where the poet Byron used to study, too. As he resembles Byron, he is recruited to play the main part in a play about this poet

But killings start to happen and the boy keeps seeing a ghost. It becomes rather scary when he realises his best friends are the next on the killer’s list.

Here’s my review.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey NiffeneggerJulia and Valentina are 20-year old twins who inherit a flat in London, near a grave yard.

Some time after they arrive, Julia and Valentina become aware of the ghost of their aunt Elspeth, who is still present in the apartment. They talk with her a lot (via an Ouija board). During their stay in London, the relationship between Julia and Valentina deteriorates because Valentina has had enough of being told what to do by her sister.

Valentina then plots a way to be independent of her sister. Here’s my review.

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Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara (27) is at her great-aunt Sadie’s funeral (whom she’s never met), when a girl of her own age asks her to stop the funeral because her necklace has gone missing.  No one else can see the girl and soon Lara discovers it’s the ghost of her great-aunt, in a younger form. She wants Lara to help her find her necklace as she can’t be laid to rest without it.

Sadie’s ghost keeps bothering her so in the end, there is no other option than to go looking for the lost necklace. What she finds is a thief and crook, love, and a better job.

Here’s my review.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The famous old story about Ebenezer Scrooge whose idea of Christmas is “Bah! Humbug!”. He’s got money enough but doesn’t want to spend it and has no interest in the miserable circumstances his clerk is living in.

Then just before Christmas, he is visited by 3 ghosts and they show him how great his past was, how miserable his current life, and how he will end up if he doesn’t better his life.

Just when Christmas starts, Scrooge changes into a better person and hands out goodies to the poor calling “Merry Christmas” to all who wish to hear.

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Changeless by Gail CarrigerThere are a lot of ghosts in this book, except they aren’t featured much. In fact, they have disappeared!

This is the second part of the Parasol Protectorate series. Alexia Tarrabotti is mystified by the sudden cessation of supernatural powers: werewolves and vampires can only take their human forms and ghosts have disappeared altogether.

Alexia travels to Scotland in a dirigible (a kind of zeppelin) to try and find the cause. My review is here.

What ghostly books are your favorites?

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20 Responses to 5 Best Books … Ghost Stories

  1. I love ghost books! Great choices, Judith! The only one I haven’t read is The White Devil which I really must. Oh, I’m lying, I have only read Souless so I have Changeless to come🙂

  2. Nadine Nys says:

    My first reaction was: ‘I never read ghost stories…’ and then I saw Her Fearful Symmetry and A Christmas Carol on your list. It seems I do read ghost stories, after all🙂

  3. I don’t read many ghost stories but I have met a ghost… really. So I believe in them!

    I LOVED Her Fearful Symmetry.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Mari, what can I say? I don’t believe in them, but I guess seeing is believing. I’m too scientifically educated to accept them as possible unless I actually experience them myself.

  4. I haven’t read a lot of books with ghosts in it, but I really loved twenties girl and it’s one of my favourites by Sophie Kinsella. Actually I like most books by her, so this isn’t a surprise. But I don’t like fantasy and I don’t read much books with ghosts, so I couldn’t take part for the meme.
    Nice list anyway!

  5. Yvette says:

    I’ve only read A CHRISTMAS CAROL, but your other choices look very intriguing. Especially, The White Devil.🙂

  6. I don´t often read books with ghosts, but The White Devil sounds intriguing, and as you liked it, I think I´d enjoy it as well.

  7. Athira says:

    I definitely agree with Twenties Girl! It was one of the best books by Sophie Kinsella that I’ve read. I couldn’t stop laughing all through the book.

  8. Leslie says:

    Christmas Carol has to be my all time favorite ghost story… even though it is a Christmas book and this is Halloween. Her Fearful Symmetry was an interesting story. I didn’t much like the main characters, they were so annoying, but I loved the ending. I listened to The White Devil and I think I might have liked it better if I read it. Listening to it while gardening out in the sun… it just wasn’t scary.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Leslie, I didn’t like the main characters of Her Fearful Symmetry too much either, but neither did I like the ending (or at least the “solution” to one of the girls’ problem).

  9. Leslie says:

    What I meant about the ending was that I wasn’t expecting it and I liked the twist, so to speak, not that I agreed with the solution. The only character I really liked was the neighbor (I can’t remember his name).

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  11. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is one of my favorites. It’s a brilliant vampire story.

    Great list by the way.

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