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I love thrillers, if you’ve been here at all, you’ll know that. Ive read so many over the last year and am still going strong on that kick with no end in sight.
I like to think I’ve read a good variety of thrillers but thought a thriller reading challenge would be a fun way to make sure I get variety in there.
I’ve accepted I can’t read something if it’s something I have to read, like a book club. It just doesn’t work for me, I can’t force myself to read something if I’m not in the mood for it.
I think it’s got just enough flexibility to be challenging without the forced reading of a traditional book club.
I’ve wanted to make more reading challenges and figured this would be the perfect place for me to start since it’s what I’ve been into reading right now.
At first as I was making the list, I had separate challenges (I guess that’s what they’re called?) for a thriller by a Black author, an Asian author, and an Indigenous author, but I don’t want you to just read them because of who the author is, I want you to read them because they sound good.
So instead of having them separated, I mixed them in throughout all of the other challenges. I’ve included a few suggestions for each of these so you’ll have a place to start when looking for books to read.
Of course, they don’t have to be read in this order and you can choose anything that falls into these categories, it doesn’t have to be one from the list here, it’s just a place to start.
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- Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on Bookshop.org (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my bookshop.org book lists here.
Domestic thrillers usually focus on interpersonal relationships between family member, usually involving secrets and disturbances. They are usually psychological thrillers, too.
Popcorn thriller is a term I learned from Crime by the Book and I love it. It’s books that are easy to read and just kind of fun, light thrillers instead of some of their heavier counterparts. These are perfect for between darker reads.
Nordic noir is something I’m loving a lot lately. It’s usually less thriller and more mystery and suspense with a dark, creepy, or moody setting set in Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, or Finland.
All four of these are on my TBR but I have read quite a few others and have quite a few more I would like to read.
2022 release thriller
This is pretty obvious (and will be updated yearly) but this is just a new-release thriller that you want to read. There are a lot I’m looking forward to this year and these are four of them.
Thriller set in Latin America
I’ve only read Saint X and have The Mosquito Coast on my TBR but will update this if I read any others that I would want to include.
A thriller from your TBR
Obviously, this is subjective but I’m including four from my own TBR and wishlist that I haven’t read yet. I have way more I want to read though, like, so many.
Thriller set in the UK
UK thrillers seem to be a pretty big part of the thriller genre. I’ve only listed four here, but anything by Catherine Ryan Howard, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, CJ Tudor, and B.A. Paris will check this one off.
I’ll pretty much read anything by any of those authors. Catherine Ryan Howard is one of my favorites in general.
I actually didn’t realize what exactly a psychological thriller was until right now but it’s a thriller where, usually, the narrator or antagonist has a complicated state of mind. I haven’t read any of these but want to read all of them.
This is pretty obvious but it’s just a thriller in the young adult category. Some of these are scattered throughout the post as well. I love these, have read all of the ones I listed and about a million more.
This is also pretty obvious, but it’s a thriller with a paranormal or supernatural element to it, like a haunting or something similar. I like these a lot when I know to expect it but don’t like when a thriller that seems normal is supernatural, if that makes sense.
Thriller from the year you were born
This will vary for everyone, of course. I did a quick search for me (1992) but didn’t see much in that quick search so I’ll have to look more when I get to this one.
Thriller set in Africa
The last one in the specific location category is a thriller or mystery set in Africa. This was probably the hardest one to find books for but I managed. I read the first one on the list, have a few in the second series, and want to read both of the others!
Thriller recommended to you
This one, like the TBR and birth year challenges, is also subjective. So I included one that was recommended to me (I Remember You) and three that I would recommend to you!
Thriller set in Asia
The last in the location thrillers is a thriller set in Asia. I haven’t read any of these yet but they all sound interesting and I know I have Ghost Month so I would really like to read that one.
Classic mystery thriller
This is one that will be a challenge for me because I don’t tend to enjoy classics or (gasp!) Agatha Christie. Well, at least And Then There Were None.
I haven’t tried any others and would like a recommendation if you have one I might like more. It was the writing style I didn’t love, though so who knows. But there are a few others I might like, like Shirley Jackson.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle
- Death on the Nile
- Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock
- A Study in Scarlet
I’ve been on a winter thriller kick recently having just read No Exit and I’m Thinking of Ending Things. I also recently read Rock Paper Scissors and really enjoyed all of them. These Silent Woods is high on my TBR.
Now we have locked-room mysteries and thrillers. This is when a group of people are, you guessed it, locked in a room together, someone dies or something happens, and they have to figure out who did it.
I read both Ten and All Your Twisted Secrets but both of the others I listed are on my TBR. I usually enjoy this kind of story and definitely want to read more of them.
Are you going to join me on this thriller reading challenge?! I hope so! Have you read any of these yet? Which ones? Any you’ve got your eye on?