Top Ten Tuesday

10 Atmospheric Books I Highly Recommend

10 Atmospheric Books I Highly Recommend

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Hi everybody and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s all about ‘atmospheric books’ and I LOVE atmospheric books! There are 2 ways to describe this:

The Novelry explains this concept as: β€œA novel feels atmospheric when the setting and the narrative are deeply involved with one another; when characters and plot are physically embedded in their surroundings, and a near-tangible mood lifts from the pages and wraps itself around the reader.” 

Study.com explains that, β€œThe atmosphere is how a writer constructs their piece to convey feelings, emotions, and mood to the reader. The atmosphere in literature might be tense, fast-paced, mysterious, spooky, whimsical, or joyful and can be found in poetry, stories, novels, and series.”

I’m going more the route of the first description. These are 10 books I LOVED in which the story was wrapped up in a big MOOD that just lifted from the pages.

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Tell Me:
Did you read any of these and if yes, do you agree that they are atmospheric?

Lindsey xoxo

41 Comments

  1. We heard SO much about Ninth House back when it released. It was such a hyped book and made me curious just for that reason. πŸ™‚

    1. It was indeed super hyped but I thought it was totally worth the hype πŸ™‚

  2. So many great books there! And so many that have been lurking on my TBR for longer than they should! Belladonna has such a great cover!

    1. Thanks! Hope you’ll love all the ones you haven’t read yet! I do love that cover for Belladonna too.

  3. Ninth House did have a very academic creepy atmosphere going on.

    1. It definitely did!

  4. I have read The Night Circus, Uprooted, Ninth House, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Circe, A Discovery of Witches, Red Winter. And I really want to read Belladonna!

    1. I hope you’ll love Belladonna when you give it a try!

  5. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I don’t know why but atmospheric seems always associated with dark or mysterious or ..but never joyful to me! That being said I have read maybe the half and totally agree!

    1. So true! The second definition says atmospheric can mean joyful too, but to me it also always means something dark or mysterious or fantastical.

  6. Ninth House has been very popular this week!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    1. It definitely counts as atmospheric! πŸ™‚

  7. The Raven Boys and Night Circus are both excellent choices for this topic. I can still remember how those books felt.

    1. Right, they were some of the first ones I thought of when I first saw this topic.

  8. A good looking list. I’ve got to read the last book in the series of A Discovery of Witches.

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2023/10/24/top-ten-tuesday-atmospheric-books/

    1. Thanks! I also still need to continue the series πŸ™‚

      1. I’ve been trying to read them since before my first son was born in 2018 😢 one day…

        1. Haha they are huge though so I understand! I’m also aiming for one day πŸ˜€

          1. They are πŸ˜‚ maybe next year for Halloween πŸ˜‚

  9. Addie LaRue is so good!

    1. It really is!

  10. storiedconversation says:

    I keep saying I am going to read The Night Circus and I haven’t yet. I guess I need to dive into it.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post: https://storiedconversation.com/top-ten-tuesday-atmospheric-books/

    1. I hope you’ll love it when you dive in!

  11. I haven’t read any of these but their covers give off atmospheric vibes. I went a different direction today. Have a good week!

    1. So true about these covers! Have a good week too!

  12. There are so many of my favourite books on your list! =) Love it!

    1. Yay, glad we have so many favorites in common!

  13. Oh. Raven Boys. Yes, Yes, Yes. The whole series is that way, as it the side series about Ronan. Very dark.

    1. I still need to read the Ronan series but hope to get to it soon as I did love The Raven Boys!

  14. masterspj says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, but many of the covers give atmospheric vibes.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/atmospheric-thrillers-and-mystery-books/

  15. We have a few of the same answers. Red Winter is a great one that I didn’t think of.

    1. Glad we have some books in common!

  16. These do look so atmospheric! I especially want to read Circe.

    1. Circe was such an amazing book, hope you’ll love it!

  17. I can’t wait to read A Discovery of Witches! I borrowed it from the library last October but had a few too many books to read and never got around to it. Great list!

    1. It’s a long but super atmospheric read, ideal for the fall season too. Hope you’ll love it when you a chance to read it!

  18. I’ve only read THE NIGHT CIRCUS from this list and, I agree, it’s super atmospheric! Great pick.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. Thanks so much!

  19. Ooh, The Night Circus! One of my all time faves!

    1. Such a classic and atmospheric read!

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