Top 5 Tuesday #73: Death

Here’s a Top 5 Tuesday post on a Wednesday because I forgot that yesterday was going to be Tuesday. 😩

You might think that’s odd of me, and you’d be right. My internal clock is a bit skewed at the moment, and I’m even more off schedule than I’ve been since this year started because now I’m very sick. 😷

Hopefully things will get back to some sort of normal around here soon.

Btw, Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books about a death


Well… I didn’t realize until after drafting the post that the topic is “about a death” rather that “about death” as a theme, hence my limited selections below. 

Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers (illus.)

Ocean Meets Sky is a children’s picture book about a boy remembering his grandfather, who has passed. His grandfather used to tell him stories about the place where ocean meets sky, and by reflecting on those stories, he is able to remember and reminisce on the times he spent with his grandfather. The tone of the story is subdued, but it’s wonderful and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. I read it when I lost my grandfather and found the reading experience to be comforting.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I think the Harry Potter books are all about losing and coming to terms with losing those close to you. The story begins on this note with Harry losing his parents and growing up as an orphan. As the story progresses through the seven books, Harry loses more people that he has grown to love and care for. Death becomes a constant in his life and, I guess, in some ways begin to define his life since there’s the bit in the later books that he can’t live while Voldemort lives.

In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

Such a well-written story, this one. It’s about a couple that moves to a secluded country home in England following a fatal accident involving their child. The story is partly about the couples’ grief and how they manage it, which sometimes made parts of the story a bit heavy as we see them struggle to cope.


Yep, only those three for me.

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