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I recently went through the list of books I have read on Goodreads and I had a realization. I found so many different types of paranormal books in there! That made me realize that paranormal is a very flexible genre, since you can find it in so many other genres.
Inspired by my little Goodreads discovery, I’m bringing you a list of a few recommendations for paranormal books within different genres! Here are a few books that I have read that have that special paranormal element. Enjoy!
Paranormal pairs beautifully with mystery, for obvious reasons! And I remembered this small, but very interesting book that fits perfectly in this category: A House At The Bottom of the Lake by Josh Malerman.
In this story, you’ll follow two teenagers on their first date and while they’re spending time at a mysterious lake, they find a normal-looking house at the bottom of the lake. Things quickly get scary when they find out there’s something special that gives life to the house… and that’s where I’ll leave it! It’s a very interesting paranormal/mystery story, and very out of the ordinary as well. If you’re curious, definitely check it out!
Paranormal and thriller is also a very common mix, so there are many options out there. I thought of two books for this category, and here they are!
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a really creepy book that gave me chills! It’s a story about a mother who gives birth to a set of twins, but at some point she feels like they’re not her babies and that her real babies were stolen. Of course the story goes from there and you can imagine what happens! It’s a creepy book, but a very interesting one that will give you goosebumps!
The Patient by Jasper DeWitt is the kind of story you usually find on paranormal/thrillers. It’s about a young psyquiatrist who tries to work with a 40 year-old patient that was admitted to the psyquiatric hospital when he was only 6 years-old. Everyone who tried to treat this man descendend into madness and even suicide. No one knows what he has, so he’s confined between the hospital doors for the rest of his life. Interesting, right?
A not-so-popular combination to find is paranormal and romance. Which is a shame, because the queen Colleen Hoover wrote an incredible one: Layla!
This book is very unique. It’s different from EVERY romance I have ever read. I can’t even explain this book without spoiling it, so I’ll leave here the synopsis here so you can see it for yourself:
“When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.
Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.”
Interesting right? Although I prefer Colleen’s typical romances, this one definitely left a mark on me in a good way. Definitely worth checking out if you’re curious!
This is probably the most popular genre mix in this post: paranormal and horror! Sure, thrillers are popular too, but nothing beats the horror/paranormal combination! Here is a book within these genres that I would recommend: Horrid by Katrina Leno!
This book starts with a girl moving to another state with her mom after her dad died. They move into a manor that was from her grandparents, and they soon get to know the history behind the creepy, old house. You can also guess what happens next!
5. YOUNG ADULT
There are a few young adult/paranormal books out there, but today I’m bringing you a duology from one of my favorite authors of all time: Pivot Point by Kasie West.
The paranormal element in this book is related to having special abilities. In this world, people have special abilities, and when facing a choice, the main character is able to see the future and see what are the two possible outcomes and the consequences. Her parents are divorcing and asked her who she wants to live with, so she decides to see the future to make her choice. It’s a very clever book and it gets even better with the second book. Highly recommend it!
6. GRAPHIC NOVEL
You could never go wrong with graphic novels! So why not pair it with paranormal? Here are two really cool paranormal books that are also graphic novels:
Thornhill by Pam Smy is a triple threat because it also dives into horror! This amazing graphic novel follows a girl that moves to a new house, and there she finds a mysterious girl living next door. She only sees her from her bedroom window, until one day she leaves to follow her. This is such a cool book and I highly recommend it if you’re into these genres.
Sheets by Brenna Thummler is definitely on the lighter side! There are a few difficult topics, but the book is full of humor and it’s perfect if you’re in the mood for something lighter. It follows the relationship between a cute ghost and a girl who lives above a laundromat. It’s an adorable book that I’m sure you’ll love. And if you reeeeally like this, there’s a second book you can get!
And that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these recommendations. As you can see, paranormal books dip into other genders frequently… so I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your taste. Why not give it a try? 🙂
Tell me about you! Do you like paranormal books? If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments.
Thank you for reading!