2) The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
Why this book?
Similar to Coraline, this book’s premise is very much “Be careful what you wish for.” However, it goes further by not only examining the divergence between what we think we want and what we actually, but also by reminding all of us of the fragility of time. In short: Do you want something truly scary? How about a reminder of how brief our lives truly are?
“Perhaps the House had heard Harvey wishing for a full moon, because when he and Wendell traipsed upstairs and looked out the landing window, there–hanging between the bare branches of the trees–was a moon as wide and as white as a dead man’s smile.”
Book cover and quote from Goodreads.com. The Thief of Always written by Clive Barker.