Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wonderful Wednesday #8 Gothic Reads

Do you like books which give you the creeps or which make you feel uneasy? Well then gothic fiction is for you! Those books are all about atmosphere and the building of suspense and a good handful mystery and madness thrown in. Today I'm going to share with you my top reads in this genre.

The Monster's of Templeton by Lauren Groff which I reviewed here. This one is a bittersweet, melancholy read. I very much fell for one of the last chapters about Flimmy, Templeton's lake monster and how it comes that it died, it was sad but beautiful.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier which I have reviewed here. I won't give away anything. Du Maurier is a remarkable narrator and I think the best recommendation I can give is to grab the book and start reading immedietly if you havent't done so yet.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. That's my all-time favorite book we are talking about here. I haven't reviewed the book becuase I read it prior to blogging. But still. I love the atmosphere and the epic style of Zafon's writing. The characters harbor dark secrets which are not easily revealed. Ever since I read this book I want to visit Barcelona. It must have been amazing in the 1920s.

Which are your favorte gothic books? Do you have recommendations for me? Have you read any of those I mentioned? Did you like them? Discuss.

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  1. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned, mainly because gothic stories are not my cup of tea!
    I've read the classic gothic tales from English literature and I usually add them to my syllabus while teaching last year students: Frankenstein, Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Thanks for taking part in this meme. It's always stimulating to share and compare.

  2. I've not read any of these, although I do own The Shadow of the Wind. Rebecca is something I've wanted to read for a while - I've never seen a negative review of it yet.

  3. I can highly recommend the audio book version of 'Rebecca' narrated by Anna Massey - outstanding.

    I still haven't read Shadow of the Wind - I wish I could find a ebook copy!