This is just a booklist I have in my head that is about quiet desperate emotional cores wind-whipped by a muted and desolate setting and pierced by moments of alien magic. (When I read these books I spend a lot of time thinking about these other books.)
1. Summer & Bird by Katherine Catmull
2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
3. Dust by Arthur Slade
4. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
6. Red Shift by Alan Garner
7. Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
8. Skellig by David Almond
Read these books if you want to feel kind of sharp and shivery and aching inside for a thing you might lose, covered in sand and cobwebs that are looking at you with glinting cut eyes from a long long way away.
They’re all very good books.