Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Thunderstorms

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A dramatic photo of lighting striking the ground just after sunset. You can see the dim outline of a tree and a house on the land, but everything else is dark. The sky above is partially black, partially purple near where the lightning is striking, and partially lit up from the lighting itself. Assuming I’m able to remain safely indoors during them, thunderstorms are my favourite type of bad weather.

There’s something majestic about seeing the entire sky light up for a moment as lightning strikes in the distance or hearing the deep rumble of thunder as a storm gathers strength.

It’s like watching nature’s version of an action scene!

Here are some books from a variety of genres that are at least partially about thunderstorms. I really thought there might be more of them, but maybe someday there will be.

1. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

2. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

3. Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

4. Storm by George R. Stewart

5. A Magical History (The Mauve Legacy, #1) by Emma Hart

6. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison

7. The Invention of Clouds: How an Amateur Meteorologist Forged the Language of the Skies
by Richard Hamblyn

8. Photographing Weather by Storm Dunlop


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66 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Thunderstorms

  1. I’m one of those quirky people who loves a good thunderstorm. I think I’ll add Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison to my wishlist.

  2. Oh, I completely forgot about The Lightning Thief! Well thought of. Rain is a book I definitely have on my radar.

  3. I love thunderstorms, too. It’s fun that you found so many books that involve them. I really liked Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning. I wish she’d write more in that series. 😀

  4. Athena @Onereadingnurse

    Frankenstein is a good idea for this list! I did the goals topic this week at

  5. Ooh! That last one definitely sounds interesting. I featured three titles on early meteorlogy and will look at Invention of Clouds.

  6. I love Frankenstein! One of my favorite stories.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  7. I love the Percy Jackson series!

  8. Great list! I love watching thunderstorms too, but we don’t get them very frequently. (Probably a good thing, since where I live they all too frequently cause wildfires.)

    My TTT this week:

  9. My edition of Frankenstein has bolts of lightning. It’s a dark blue sky and black city with a giant lightning bolt hitting a manor

  10. I love this topic! I just saw a book on another post that I read and loved that would fit right in with your topic: The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard.

  11. I also really love storms! (If I’m safe and dry inside of course) 🙂

  12. I never read the books, but I know the Percy Jackson books are well loved. That’s a great title fit for this prompt and Frankenstein seems like a good one, too! Perfect read (I’d guess!) for this time of year, too. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website today.

  13. Well, that’s definitely a stormy selection!! Ha! Ha!

  14. This was definitely an interesting topic for this week, and I have The Lightning Thief on my list too! haha

    I need to check out Rebecca Roanhorse’s other series because I loved Black Sun and want to read more of her stuff (:

  15. I don’t mind thunderstorms either, as long as I don’t have to be out in them 😉 Nice list, I like how you focused on one type of weather event. Have a great rest of your week!

  16. Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    That looks like a good list. I thought that I had read more weather related books than I actually had!

    Have a great week!

  17. I like storms too. I feel like we can’t have enough thunderstorms in stories 🙂

  18. Great list! I need to have a look at your #7

  19. I also love lightning storms and yes, assuming I’m safely inside at the time! Great list and thanks for visiting my TTT!

  20. I absolutely LOVE a good thunderstorm!

  21. Good job! I was surprised by how much I liked Frankenstein. I had Rain: Four Walks, too! Good little book.

  22. I have read Trail of Lightning, but not enough to continue the series or pick up anything else by Roanhorse. I do agree about enjoying thunderstorms from the inside of my apartment with a good book…

  23. When I first moved north, I had my first experience of lightning during a snow storm – it is pink!

    I love your list.

  24. Great choices for this week’s topic. The Lightning Thief was on my list too. Hope you have a nice week.

  25. I love thunderstorms too! The lightning around here is impressive. I love sitting inside and watching it.

  26. What a great list! I also love watching thunderstorms from indoors. I’ve had Trail of Lightning on my TBR for a while. And I remember reading Frankenstein in high school, but I’m curious to see what I’d think as an adult.

  27. Yeah, I love being curled up warm and comfy, hot drink and a good book, when a storm rages outside, I find it kind of peaceful – and it’s how I’ve spent more of this morning, actually. I love your thunder-themed list

  28. I love to read during thunderstorms! Someday I want to read the Percy Jackson series. Happy reading this week, Lydia!

  29. Lighting is always a good one to go with! I don’t get to experience lighting storms very often, but I also am fond of this kind of bad weather. Great list!

  30. RS

    I love thunderstorms too — well. 98% of me does. I can never fully enjoy them here without worrying they might turn severe enough to become a tornado. But I fully agree with your description of their majesty. What a fun spin on the topic.

    The first one I thought of is a random not-well-known children’s book I picked up a couple of years ago — Death Mountain by Sherry Shahan; a couple of young teen girls get lost while hiking during an electrical storm.

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