Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally The Broke and the Bookish). For information on how to participate and the topics of each week, click the link!

This week’s TTT prompt was to pick ten recommendations from my favourite genre. As I’m doing my month of TWENTIES for my twentieth birthday, I’m doing 10 contemporary reads and 10 horror reads just to give a bit of variety!

Without further ado… the reads!


  1. Kulti by Mariana Zapata: Slow burn romance following a football player and her manager. (Latina MC, content warning for lesbophobia)
  2. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: Alternate history following the descendants of Holmes and Watson. (CW for substance abuse, past sexual assault)
  3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: A girl who has only ever had crushes finally gets the chance to have a romance. (Anxiety rep, fat rep, LGBT+ side characters)
  4. Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence: An anthropomorphic dog makes his way through high school. (presumed LGBT+ rep)
  5. Sweet Blue Flowers by Takako Shimura: Two girls who used to be friends in kindergarten reunite in highschool. (Sapphic romances)
  6. My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara: Takeo, used to being rejected in romance, finally experiences love after saving a girl called Yamato on the train. (CW for harassment, some small discussions of loss of a child)
  7. Sadie by Courtney Summers: Dual narrative following a podcaster who is trying to track down Sadie, a girl who has disappeared after the murder of her younger sister. (Sadie is attracted to both a boy and girl, West is gay; CW for sexual assault, rape, pedophilia, violence and murder, substance abuse)
  8. The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen: After the death of her mother, a young girl finds herself whisked into a world of music and fame when her rockstar father finally enters her life. (CW death of a parent, some dubious consent and pressure into sex)
  9. Coffee Boy by Austin Chant: Graduate Kieran finds himself working as an intern for a political campaign, and falls in love with campaign strategist Seth along the way. (gay trans male MC, bisexual love interest; CW for some transphobia and deadnaming)
  10. I Was Here by Gayle Forman: After the suicide of her best friend, Meg, Cody travels to her college town to collect her belongings and begins to learn what led to Meg’s death. (CW for suicide, depression, suicidal thoughts, loss of a loved one)


Just a general CW is that all of these feature horror; I’ll make it explicit if there’s body horror emphasis, but if you’re not a fan of scary things, maybe avoid these if the synopsis doesn’t catch you.

  1. Uzumaki by Junji Ito: A town becomes haunted by spirals. (CW: body horror, violence)
  2. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell: After the death of her husband, widow Elsie moves to their country estate, only to be haunted by the presence of wooden companions. (CW for some violence, loss of a baby)
  3. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: Eleven year old Ollie finds herself on the run with two classmates from evil forces who will stop at nothing to get to her and the book she saved from destruction. (CW: loss of a parent, bullying)
  4. Demonata Series by Darren Shan: A series following multiple characters as they grow and come into supernatural powers, facing up against demons and corrupt magicians and humans. (CW: body horror, major and minor character deaths, a lot of violence and gore, loss of loved ones)
  5. Survivors’ Club: The Complete Series by Lauren Beukes: Six survivors of major occult activity in 1987 come together and must escape the horrors that plagued them as young people. (CW for violence and gore, horror imagery)
  6. The Elementals by Michael McDowell: After the death of the matriarch, two families go back to the Summer homes they lived in years before, where the same horror that pushed them out years ago returns. (CW for hauntings, child deaths)
  7. Lazaretto by Clay McLeod Chapman: A college campus is locked down after a flesh eating virus breaks out amongst the students. (CW for body horror, character deaths, assault and harassment, horror imagery)
  8. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay: Now an adult, Merry recounts her experiences as the child star of a reality TV show The Possession that tracked the breakdown of her family and her older sister’s mental health. (CW: violence, mistreatment of mental health, psychological horror)
  9. The Unsound by Cullen Bunn: A young nurse is thrust into the middle of a supernatural mystery on her first day at a psychiatric hospital. (CW violence, body horror, graphic self harm and suicide, addiction)
  10. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Six students find shelter in their old high school during the zombie apocalypse. (CW: depression and suicidal ideation, suicide, violence)

And those are all my recommendations! If you want to know anything more about these, feel free to message me, especially if it’s to make clarifications. See you next week!

Thank you for reading! 

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: TWENTY HORROR&CONTEMPORARY READS

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