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Top 10 Tuesday 30th October

on October 30, 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created & hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now resides with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book/literature related theme each week. This week’s topic is a freebie…..Halloween/creepy reads themed. Now I’m Australian and Halloween wasn’t really a thing here when I was growing up at all. It kind of began to become a thing probably about 10-15yrs ago with the permeation of American TV and books and I have to admit, I’m not a big fan. Perhaps because I didn’t grow up with it, but I just don’t really….get it. Dressing up and going around knocking on people’s doors for lollies and chocolates just seems a really weird thing to do for me. I also don’t do horror books. I hate being scared. I don’t like horror movies or books and I’m not into anything gory. I do however, like books that I think give a really intense atmosphere, where the setting or something is so strong that it’s basically a living, breathing character so I’m going to adapt this topic just a bit.

Top 10 Atmospheric Reads

  1. The Passage  by Justin Cronin. I remember exactly how I felt when I read this book. It is one of the few vampire-style books that I’ve felt had a real tinge of potential authenticity to it, like this was something that could evolve. I really enjoyed the societies that built bright lights and walls to stop the jumpers/flyers from being able to penetrate once it got dark. This book had such great atmosphere to it, it was just the right sort of creepy but with this human side too.
  2. Illuminae & Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman. And presumably Obsidio too but I still haven’t read that yet, I seriously need to do that. But both Illuminae & Gemina for me had that presence that really pulled you into the setting, be it the space craft in the first one or the jump station in the second. There’s enough going on in both to just keep you on edge the entire time but it’s still such a good story that all the bits connecting those big moments are just as good.
  3. The North Water by Ian McGuire. This centres around a whaling ship heading to the Arctic Circle in the 1850s and it’s a savage, brutal read. The men are rough and uneducated, violent and bloodthirsty. There’s a lot of clubbing baby seals and tormenting animals – this is not a read for the faint hearted. But it’s written so well that you get a real snapshot of this sort of lifestyle and the sort of men that are drawn to it. Can’t say I loved this book but it’s one of the most evocative I’ve read in recent times.
  4. Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. A dual timeline book set around a crumbling manor is the sort of story that just sings my name! I’m a big fan of timeslip novels and this one includes a house that is just so much a part of the story. The mystery was really interesting and I just enjoyed this whole story.
  5. Dark Horse by Honey Brown. Honey Brown is an Australian author that I’ve included in probably many of my past lists. She writes these amazing suspense thriller type novels – but not fraught ones, slow build ones where everything kind of creeps up on you in the most amazing ways. This is definitely one of my favourites of hers.
  6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. Gosh this reminds me that I never read the third book in this series. It seemed to take so long to come out that I think I forgot about it in the end. I bought this on a whim because I was going through a stage where I was really into opposite pairings – like goth Varen and cheerleader Isobel. This ended up being far more complex and interesting than I thought going into it and parts of it are pretty damn creepy.
  7. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Ahhhh one of my faves. I love the Scottish setting in this, both in the modern day component and also the part that revolves around the failed Jacobite uprising of 1707-08. It makes me want to live in a castle on the top of a Scottish cliff overlooking a savage grey sea.
  8. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. This is a book with a bleak, bleak setting – Russia in WWII during the Siege of Leningrad when the entire city virtually starves. It’s freezing, there’s no heating, rations are ridiculously small, it’s just such a miserable time. I think I almost felt like freezing to death reading it. It contrasts a lot to the summer days of Tatiana and Alex falling in love.
  9. Silent On The Moor by Deanna Raybourn. I love this book, it’s my fave of the series. The moors are moody and misty and depressing and there’s shit going on between Julia and Brisbane. It’s like Wuthering Heights but without 20 other assholes all with the same names.
  10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Enough said!

So a bit of a different take on the theme this week but I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has….maybe I’ll find some reads that will help lure me over to the creepier side of things? Anything is possible!



10 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 30th October

  1. Great list! I love The Illuminae Files series but haven’t actually read any of the rest of these. The Bronze Horseman is one I always hear about and it sounds really interesting so I might have to add it to my TBR!

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  2. Greg says:

    I thought Illuminae and Gemina both had a really tense atmosphere too- especially Gemina with the jump station setting. And The Passage I’ve heard really good things about…

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    I completely agree with you about The Bronze Horseman and Rebecca! Such good choices. 🙂

  4. ooooh, REBECCA fits your topic so much. 🙂 Great list, by the way.

    Here’s my TTT:

  5. Aymee says:

    I’ve not read any of these, but I’m checking into them all! Great list!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  6. The North Water and The Winter Sea both sound pretty good. I sense a pattern here today…

    The last time I went to Australia was a long time ago. It’s strange to think that you do Halloween there now too.

  7. Great list – I really need to get around to reading the Illuminae series! I’m so behind on that one, haha!

    TTT: Thrillers I Want to Read!

  8. Great list idea! I always love a great atmospheric read, so this list is perfect. I could not agree about Rebecca more–it has such an intense atmosphere and I enjoy it so much. I think it’s time for a re-read. The Illuminae Files are also great ones. The rest I’ve yet to read, but I’ll be checking some out!

  9. I agree about Illuminae. That series is pretty intense, and I love the atmosphere. I still need to read Obsidio, too.

  10. Marg says:

    Bronze Horseman and The Winter Sea….le sigh!

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