The shiny, reminiscent moon hides behind the angriest of clouds. The unforgiving rain falls incessantly. The thunder roars through the sky.
It is on these nights which I like to wrap this natural homebody up in a warm blanket with a good book. Interruptions and (some) responsibilities do not exist at this point; just the particular world and characters I have engrossed myself in that moment. But, which are the perfect reads when this time rears its head? Keep reading to find out my top 5 books to read on a dark and stormy night.
Firstly, I must mention I was tagged by the lovely Book Princess Reviews (my first tag!) to participate in the Listicle Tag; Mandy came up with this cool list. Thank you so much! It was originally created by Not-so-modern girl. Click their respective links to check out their posts!
Here are the rules:
- Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
- Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that I can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
- Nominate as many people as you want!
- Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!
Basically, you are tagged to list and talk about the best 5 books you believe fits into the prompt chosen for you. Afterwards, you make up your own listicle prompt and tag some people to (hopefully) create their own post! So, without further ado:
The Prompt: 5 Books to Read on a Dark and Stormy Night
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: When I think of darkness and storms, my mind immediately focuses on the scary and unnerving. While The 5th Wave isn’t your typical campfire, scary story, it unsettled me to my core. This book throws you into the midst of the aliens invading earth, striking it with four waves: electricity shuts down, earthquakes destroy, disease spreads and Silencers kill. Cassie Sullivan witnesses her human population whither to tiny numbers. She is forced to walk alone in order to find her brother who has been taken by the Others (aliens who look as though they can be a friend, family member or any normal human being). I was hooked from the first page with the descriptive setting, gripping story and compelling characters. This subject just generally interested me and made me sit down and honestly think. What if this happens? That thought haunted me the entire time I was reading it.
Sister by Rosamund Lupton: A great psychological thriller is the perfect compliment to a blustery late-night reading session. Sister grasps you within the first page, Beatrice (Bee) receives a call from her mother revealing that her younger sister, Tess, is missing. Beatrice takes matters into her own hands, taking it upon herself to figure out what really happened to her sister, whose case is later ruled a heartrending suicide. Lupton wrote Sister in the words of Bee conversing with Tess in a letter/diary format, which I found unique and captivating. These letters exposes the great lengths a sister would go for truth, justice and peace for the both of them, and even some other characters around them. A story filled with mystery, secrets, stalking and murder? Terrifying. Amazing.
Winterspell by Claire Legrand: Does a late-night snow storm count as a dark and stormy night? With Winterspell it does! This book is a dark fairy tale inspired by The Nutcracker full of war, love, faeries, loneliness, power and royalty. On Christmas Eve, Clara Stole, the mayor’s conventional daughter, is forced to confront her fears when her home is invaded and destroyed and her father is abducted by faeries and taken to an unknown land known as Cane. Joined by a mysterious prince, Nicholas, she searches through the war-torn land. Later, Clara finally comes face-to-face with the one and only faery queen Anise, the very powerful and prideful faery who has been hunting her since she arrived. This is a perfect read for a cosy night in.
Defending Jacob by William Landay: Let’s take a breath a moment. Am I missing the most typical genre to read? Nope, here it is: the mystery novel! This is the story of a murder accusation of the son of assistant district attorney, Andy Barber. A classmate is found in the woods, and Jacob arrives first at the scene. He goes to school without reporting the incident. Even as his father questions students at their high school, Jacob remains silent. Despite the evidence that builds against Jacob, Andy defends his son’s innocence until the end. You are transported into the courtroom, which is where the struggle between loving, protective father and professional, trustworthy DA wrestle in his thoughts as well as yours. Did he do it? **Spoiler alert: You’ll be asking this question until the very last page.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: This book could probably be read during the course of a dark and stormy night. Ironically, The Giver made me feel every kind of emotion (interest, curiosity, sadness, anger), when its society calls for “Sameness” and suppressed emotion. This is the world Jonas grows up in, comes to terms with and breaks away from. On his twelfth year, he is chosen as the “Receiver of Memory” by the Elders. As The “Giver” shares the memories of their society before their utopia, Jonas begins to see the error and lack of humanity. This novel is the perfect read when the clouds are most angry; it fuels your desire to question society and contemplate what’s important.
I thoroughly enjoyed these books. Each were attention grabbing, mysterious and eerie; the ideal companions for a dark and stormy night.
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