👀 Friday the 13th: Books You’ll Love to Be Mind-Boggled By 👀

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Prepare to get some spines tingled and hairs raised with Book Princess Reviews’ Friday the 13th book recommendations! We’ve got selections that will boggle the mind, defy science, and outright spook you out your seat. Oh, yeah. It’s that good (bad?).

Oh. Oh. Oh. And apparently there’s going to be a SOLAR ECLIPSE this Friday the 13th? Darkness will officially fall upon the land on the most accursed day of the year, I don’t know if I’m ready. At least I have these books to keep my brain occupied on other matters.

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  1. The Spy who Haunted Me (Secret Histories #3) by Simon R. Green

The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, #3)

Now, keep in mind I said these were *mind-trippy* reads. I picked Green’s novel up at my local bookstore when I saw it on the sale table for $5. Enter me then reading a book where I had *no clue* what was happening from page one, and my confusion having nothing to do with the fact that I jumped in mid-series. The Spy Who Haunted Me is urban fantasy to the extreme. I now remember only something about a giant sea monster and a *very* odd ensemble cast. This book is mind-trippy for sure. 


2. Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone, #1)


I read this series quite a while ago, but it has always stood out as one of the best YA series I’ve ever read. Likeable characters, believable villains, and teachable lessons entangled in some crazy plots. And the events at the beginning of the first book (which set everything in motion) are the kinds of things you would expect on a Friday the 13th: some downright spooky dealings. (Maybe it’s time I did a re-read and dropped a review on the blog? Let me know in the comments below!)


3. Georgeous by Paul Rudnick


Do Friday the Thirteenth wishes exist? If they do, Rudnick’s Gorgeous would grant a few of those, where you think you’re getting something wonderful, but then everything turns out a little … twisted, shall we say? If you’re interested, you can check out my review of Gorgeous right here




4. Swoon (Swoon #1) by Nina Malkin

Swoon (Swoon, #1)


Think possession, think ghost obsessed with the living, and you get a huge chunk of Swoon right there. I had the full on creeps with this book, though maybe not for the reasons the author intended? Who knows, but ghost-turned-human Sin is completely and utterly creeeeppyy. A good read the remind you why the spooks of this world must remain on the other side.



5. Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade (Shade, #1)


More ghosts? Yes please! Shade challenges the idea that ghosts can only be seen by the “select few.” I mean, imagine creepy spookiness every day of your life? This book series is a major fave of Mandy and I’s, so if you put anything on your Friday the 13th TBR, it better be Shade!



Any recs you need to have now, like, RIGHT NOW? Are you a huge believer in Friday the 13th bad luck mojo? Comment below and let’s discuss!


25 thoughts on “👀 Friday the 13th: Books You’ll Love to Be Mind-Boggled By 👀

  1. I am not a creepy book reader, but I think I may have read a few books with benevolent ghosts. I am not superstitious. I must admit, I didn’t even remember it was Friday the 13th until right now.

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    1. ~now you know~ Will you be watching out for some black cats, worried your lack of belief will get you caught up in some magical trouble? Hahaha, not a big believer either, actually, but it’s still a fun day to acknowledge in brief.

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  2. This might explain why I almost got hit four times on the way to work today. 🤦‍♀️ Stupid Friday the 13th. Great picks though and yessss please reread Gone! I only remember “hungry hungry in the dark.”

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    1. OH NO. Or maybe because you did not go to bed exactly at 10, so you are not well rested enough. Or you keep picturing the princess wars banner and cackling and then losing vehicular control. It could be a toss up. GONE is such the funness from my memory but also a huge blank on actual details hahaha

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      1. ARE YOU PUTTING THE BLAME ON MOi?????? So so rude. But if anything, we can blame the buddy read audiobook you forced me to read. Anyway, I remember random obscure things like Sam who was a surfer who I thought was really cute and Astrid and some thing in a cave that was hungry darkness.

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      2. Yeah, pretty much, all blame = you. HAHAHAHHA nah the buddy read audiobook is perfect it cannot be blamed. OMG I also have all the random memories from that book too.

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  3. Hello! Thanks for these recommendations! Gone sounds like an interesting series and I would love to read your reviews if you are planning to reread it anytime soon 🙂
    I personally don’t believe in Friday the 13th. I feel like it is just another day and that people tend to attribute anything unlucky that happens on that day to the fact that it is Friday the 13th.

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    1. Then it seems I will need to put Gone on my TBR! My belief in Friday the 13th is so minimal… but then on Friday at work alllll the kids were misbehaving worse than ever before. So maybe there is something to it? I don’t know! I want to believe in magic but not bad luck magic…. hahaha!


  4. I’m half italian so i was always taught to fear friday the 17th, not the 13th! Even tho the 13th is pretty popular now bc of americanization, fearing the 17th is more old school lol

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      1. The roman numeral, XVII, can anagram to VIXI, which translates to “I have lived,” and could be an omen of death! At least that’s what I was always told and google confirms it lol

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