For this week's topic, I'm going (largely) with books that have a gloomy mood, rainy setting, or both. Things that just feel very atmospheric to read in bed, or in a tolerant library's reading corner where you can have a hot drink, with rain pouring outside the window.
1. I Was Here - Gayle Forman
Always the first book that comes to mind because not only is it sad, I also read it stretched out in the backseat of my car, because I had driven boyfriend to work and figured I would just stay there with my book during his 4-hour shift, while the rain pounded down. It's one of my favorite reading memories.
2. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie
Another book I read on a gray, overcast day -- which was exactly how the gloomy atmosphere of the Washington setting sounded.
3. The Assassin Game - Kirsty McKay
As played on a semi-isolated Welsh island!
4. The Masked Truth - Kelley Armstrong
A multi-layered story with many twists. Dark and somewhat claustrophobic.
5. The Fall - Bethany Griffin
In a bleak, bleak house...wait, wrong classic. This title can be completed by "of the House of Usher," a YA take on it, and per my review, "the perfect thing to read on bleak days. Not recommended for sunny ones unless you want the day to darken around you. [...] I was completely surrounded by the story, able to feel the darkness of the rotting, decrepit old house closing in around me, trapping me in, confusing my certainty about what's real and what isn't."
6. The House - Christina Lauren
This house, too, wants you to stay. Stay inside with it, reader...
But we'll close with a couple of brighter ones:
7. Anything by Nick Bantock. (Griffin and Sabine, The Forgetting Room, etc.)
You can always puzzle over a good visual novel.
8. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Or a visual scrapbook!