What Would They Read?: Fox Mulder from the X-Files

I grew up watching the X-Files, so I was really excited when I heard that the show would be reappearing this spring.


If Mulder and Scully were to walk into my library, I’d probably want to follow them around to find out what weird things have been happening, but if they asked for book recommendations, this is what I’d give them.

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Amanda’s family leaves their home in the mountains to live out on the prairie and hopefully leave behind the memories of the last, harsh winter they had to face. Her father chooses to move the family into an abandoned cabin that is covered in dried blood, and unfortunately for Amanda, things only get creepier from there.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults)

After drinking a mixture of beer and desiccated bat dust, Glory and her best friend begin having strange visions of the future.

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cynthia’s best friend is in love with the new school librarian, but Cynthia is sceptical. The new librarian isn’t just creepy; he might be an actual demon.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Harper Price just wants to finish high school and become the true Southern Belle she was born to be. But when she inherits magical powers that enable her to toss her quarterback-boyfriend across the school yard, she realizes she may have more difficult challenges to face than the Homecoming Dance.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (2011 Morris Award Finalist, 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Sam is just trying to survive another shift at a fast food chain when he is attacked by a man who thinks Sam is a necromancer. Sam receives advice from his friend’s (still living) severed head, which he keeps in a bowling bag. Will Sam be able to defeat the other necromancer and claim his territory?

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

Cal is a carrier of the vampire virus, so all of his girlfriends become infected. He joins a secret society bent on eradicating this virus and hunts down his first girlfriend, the person who initially infected him.

Project 17 by Laurie Stolarz

Six teens break into an abandoned mental institution with the plan to film the ghostly events that are said to occur there.

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Juliet is attempting to escape her past and her father’s reputation for unorthodox experiments when she is summoned back to the island he calls home. There, she finds a slew of experiments gone wrong, one of which is bent on killing the inhabitants of the island.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers)

Meg is invited to an exclusive party on an island getaway, where things quickly turn dark and creepy as the guests are killed off one by one. Can Meg discover who’s behind the murders and save herself?

Be Not Afraid by Cecilia Galante

Marin sees people’s pain as colors shining around them. When her classmate, Cassie, has a breakdown in class and points at Marin, shouting, “YOU!,” Marin feels compelled to help solve Cassie’s pain, no matter what the cost.

— Jenni Frencham, currently reading All Involved by Ryan Gatis

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