Well, this is a bit out of character. Here I am with a book recommendation post that’s not based on a meme or book tag. I’d like to congratulate myself for stepping out of my comfort zone, but this is all because I haven’t seen a meme or book tag that focuses on only atmospheric stories.
I’ve been working on this post for weeks because I keep overthinking it. I feel weird recommending books sometimes because I start thinking that I haven’t read enough and I don’t know much, but I’ve gotten over myself for the moment and will share in this post a few books I’ve read that I’d describe as atmospheric.
The term “atmospheric” sometimes baffles me. I’ve only ever seen it applied to stories that are dark and gloomy and eerie, which makes me wonder if it’s only such books that can be described as atmospheric. But I’m sure that’s not right. I call a story atmospheric if it convinces me of a particular feeling… Okay, that probably didn’t make much sense, but I now realize that this is hard to explain. For me, an atmospheric novel is one that convinces me of a particular “feeling” about the setting, which doesn’t necessarily has to be dark and eerie.
So, here are a few novels that have a strong sense of atmosphere:
A month has passed since I last posted one, which isn’t a big deal, but…I’m just surprised at myself that haven’t thought of posting a haul in a while. Also I needed a topic for this post. Anyway, here’s what I got!
I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week, Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).
September 21 topic:
A Mental Case
A totally crazy character
Davos from Iron Fist
I recently binged on the two seasons of Netflix’s Iron Fist — a TV show about a White dude who disappears for a couple years following a fateful plane crash and returns looking like a sexy hobo but with badass Kung Fu fighting skills AND a hand that lights up when he makes a fist — so the story and characters are still fresh in my mind.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:
Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read
I’ve decided to switch up the topic a bit and will instead list books I want to read by authors whose work I’ve read and liked. (So not necessarily my favorite authors.)
Mother of the Sea is another one-sitting read I completed a couple weeks ago. I forgot why I decided to read it then, probably because I wanted something quick, but I bought the book after seeing it featured in this booktube video.
YA fantasy; Historical fiction
When her village is raided, a teenage girl finds herself on a brutal journey to the coast of Africa and across the Atlantic. Her only comfort is a small child who clings to her for protection. But once they board the slave ship, the child reveals her rebellious nature and warns that her mother — a fierce warrior — is coming to claim them all. (Goodreads)
“When the skinless men leave, the taste of salt lingers on her lips.”
Since I did the ’90s Cartoon Book Tag a week or so ago, I thought it was only right that the next tag I do is the ’90s Movies Book Tag. I discovered this over on Kristin Kraves Books. It was created by A Book Lovers Playlist.
I grew up in the ’90s, so many of these movies were my favorites back then and I still enjoy watching some of them now. Some make me a little nostalgic for when I first watched them.
She’s All That
Name a book couple that are an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The couples in Garden Spells are all odd pairings because they are all opposites of each other, but it’s their differences that draws them together and makes them perfect for each other. Garden Spells is about the estranged Waverley sisters who reunite after 10 years. The Waverleys are considered an odd bunch and their town believes that they grow magical flowers and have an apple tree that bears prophetic fruit.
I read Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops a couple weeks ago because I’d completed Shaun Bythell’s The Diary of a Bookseller and wasn’t ready to stop reading about hilarious experiences in bookshops.
This Sunday Times bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’
A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.