We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Atmospheric Books. I love reading books with a great atmosphere. You get pulled into the world and can just picture yourself there. I do think this one is really subjective, so I hope you agree with the ten books I picked. Let’s jump in!
1. Gallant – V.E. Schwab
This one came to mind right away! I could pick a lot of V.E.’s books to be honest but I think this one fits ‘atmospheric’ the best. The book was more about the vibe than the actual plot in my opinion.
2. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
A ‘slow’ book according to a lot of readers, but a favorite of mine haha. I can just picture the island and I think especially the Mist gives this one even more of a memorable atmosphere.
3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
I wish I could experience this book for the first time again. You have no clue what’s going on at the start and I feel like the atmosphere changes depending on the ‘day’ you’re at. It was really well done and I never saw the ending coming.
4. The Serpent and the Wings of Night – Carissa Broadbent
Personally I think most vampires book can be classified as atmospheric. Of course not all of them, especially not if they have a more modern setting but with a fantasy setting like this one it is definitely all about the vibe.
5. The Diviners – Libba Bray
The historical setting in this fantasy book is amazing. It truly felt like I was in New York in the ’20s. The atmosphere was amazing and incredibly creepy. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick up this series but would recommend it to everyone now.
6. The Beautiful – Renée Ahdieh
Another vampire book! The atmosphere in this one is great, the story is pretty slow and it’s probably not the vampire book you expect it to be. I really loved it and felt like I was in historical New Orleans.
7. A Dead Djinn in Caïro – P. Djèlí Clark
The setting in this book was really cool, an alternate Caïro where there is some magic. I loved the atmosphere in this one a lot. There are 3 short stories you can read before the full length novel in this series. And I would highly recommend them all, you will not be disappointed.
8. Small Spaces – Katherine Arden
I’m not a horror reader at all and I scare easy. This is a middle grade horror but it was so creepy! It was also a great book and that creepy atmosphere was just really well done. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished it.
9. A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik
Dark academia, another trope that already feels atmospheric. Also another book I really loved! The school was really cool (and scary) and I loved reading about it. Just ‘normal’ days were already interesting and I just want to reread this series now that I’m talking about it.
10. The Lovely and the Lost – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I never expected to love this Jennifer Lynn Barnes book as much as I did. All of her books are hits for me but this one seemed a bit different. Turns out I like different haha. A lot of this book takes place in nature and I just loved the atmosphere of it all.
Never in my life have I typed the word atmospheric this much haha. I’m really curious to hear what you thought of my picks! Do you agree that these are atmospheric books? Let me know in the comments down below!