Top Ten Tuesday #45: Favorite Atmospheric Books

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (October 1st 2019) topic: Book Titles with Numbers. Since it’s October and that we both love this spooky season and that we are gearing up to Halloween we decided to Favourite Atmospheric Books.

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Here There Are Monsters by Amelina Berube
I love the cover on this one – it’s as mysterious as the book is.  Not everyone is going to love Here There Are Monsters.  The main character is very unlikable and somewhat unrealible.  I thought it was a bold story with some really interesting and hard choices.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
This might seem like a weird pick at first but this book is all about atmosphere, it’s basically another character – it’s so thick.  It’s completely unsettling in the best of ways.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This story just reads like a good folktale.  You have a small island town, a tradition that could get you into a deadly situation and throw in three witchy sisters and you have the The Wicked Deep.  Perfect fall read.

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
Katrina Leno is fast becoming a favorite author of mine – I couldn’t decide whether to put this book or Summer of Salt on the list – they both are perfect for it.  I decided on You Must Not Miss because it’s so different from my other picks.  This is magical realism at its best and the atmosphere could almost swallow you whole in this one.  The anger and grief gives a sense of dread through-out this entire story.  Major trigger warnings for sexual assault and violence.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Another perfect fall/Halloween read.  Cat Winters is an expert at writing atmospheric historical fiction, I automatically think of this author when I think of this topic.  Blackbirds is no exception, this takes place in early 1900s when the deadly Spanish influenza is sweeping over over the country.  The imagery in this book is beyond creepy, throw in a little supernatural elements and you have one eerie book.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. It’s weird and eerie and just the way I like it. The Raven Boys is the perfect series  for this time of year. Plus with Call Down the Hawk coming out soon

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
I just read this book a couple months ago and loved loved loved it! It is so fun and goth just perfect for Halloween. Christine Lynn Herman just made my auto-buy author list with this one.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
In Sawkill Girls, Claire Legrand makes us travel to a secluded island where an ancient evil roams. This book was so eerie and creepy I should’ve kept it for Halloween season.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This is one of the first series I read when I got back into YA. I love this one so much. The old photographs in the books give them a “je ne sais quoi”.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This is just the perfect little cozy mystery. I love that Kerri Maniscalco chose Jack the Ripper and Victorian England to base her book on.

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What are your favourite atmospheric books? Let us know in the comments!

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54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #45: Favorite Atmospheric Books

  1. The wicked deep and the devouring gray are amazing atmospheric books!
    I really want to pick up sawkill girls and ou must not miss!


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  2. I have never heard of most of those but I still haven’t saved The raven boys off the piles and I have to admit that Miss Peregrine is probably the only book where I liked the movie better. 🙈 Stalking Jack the Ripper is on my wishlist though. I heard so much good about it.

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  3. The numbers in the title was fun to write, but I am so not disappointed to see all these atmospheric reads! I’m so in the Halloween mood already.

    I’ve actually got The Turn of the Key that I’m planning on reading soon! I love to hear that it’s got a good atmosphere. I really want to read The Wicked Deep, too.

    Oh, I hadn’t even thought of Ransom Riggs’ series, but I just got that a few months back! I might have to pick that up this month, too. 😀 I love the old black and white pictures, and that’s what originally drew me to the covers.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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      1. It was. I haven’t read any of the sequels yet though. Have you? Are they as good as Stalking Jack the Ripper?


  4. I’m really not one for creepy reads, but for some reason I am interested in “Stalking Jack the Ripper.” We’ll see if I actually pick it up, read it AND if I make it through the entire book! Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit. 🙂

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  5. I’ve read a lot of these! (And I will admit, Here There are Monsters was not the book for me. I didn’t like it all that much!)

    I just bought The Wicked Deep, and am so excited to read it!

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