Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly meme is hosted by That Artsy Girl and today’s topic is about Rainy Day Reads. I don’t generally read according to the weather or season but I can imagine what type of books I’d feel like picking up when it’s raining outside. When I think of rainy day reads, I don’t necessarily think of books with dark or gothic themes. On the contrary, I think I’d prefer lighter or more comforting reads that’ll make cozying up in bed, snuggled under my doona, with a cuppa on my bedside table, a more pleasant experience. These are the stories that I wouldn’t want to leave the bed for until absolutely necessary, but they’re also the reads that I wouldn’t mind putting down for five minutes to stare up at the ceiling or out the window just to listen to the rain fall. Off the top of my head, here are some of my top rainy day reads!
1 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. P&P is one of my favorite books of all time and my familiarity with its story and characters makes it one of my go-to comfort reads. People look at me like I’m crazy when I say that, but I love this book.
2 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Actually, I think any TJR book would do for a rainy day. I’ve only read two of her books so far but I loved them both so much that TJR is now one of my auto-buy authors. Her stories are absorbing, it’s so easy to forget that you’re reading about fictional characters, not to mention that they’re relatable.
3 Persuasion by Jane Austen. I read Persuasion during a rough point in life when I was feeling incredibly lost and alone. This book made me feel hopeful again and it brought me feelings of such contentment, just like Pride & Prejudice, I’ve read it so many times that it has become one of my go-to comfort reads.
4 The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. This is one of my favorite fantasy reads. Every time I read it, I find myself transported to a cozy fireside reading nook where I’m being read to by Kvothe (the MC). It’s soothing, magical, a little scary and amazing! Why not add a little rain and nice warm cup of cocoa to that scene in my head?
5 Memories (Collection) by Lang Leav. Reading poetry on a rainy day seems a little melancholy but I could definitely picture myself reading Memories, a collection of Lang Leav’s poems from her various books. Most of these ones really make me feel all the feels, especially the ones about love and loss.
6 The Dry – Jane Harper. Ironically, it rained heavily this past Sunday and I cancelled my morning plans to stay in bed getting into The Dry. Jane Harper creates an amazing atmosphere with her vivid descriptions of the Australian Outback and the pervasive heat that has made life in a quiet farm town unlivable. It surprisingly made for a very comforting read while listening to the rain fall.
7 Arc of A Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this up, but I was so pleasantly surprised by it! With its fantastic dystopian world building and intriguing concept, I absolutely couldn’t put it down. If you’re into YA, fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian books, and you still haven’t read this book, my question to you is: what are you waiting for?!
8 Shades of Magic Series by VE Schwab. I have loved pretty much everything that V.E. Schwab has come out with and the Shades of Magic series is one of my all time favorites. I love the world building, the complex characters and relationships, the magic and adventures. This is definitely a perfect rainy day read when you have all the time in the world to get lost in this one!
9 Saga (Graphic Novel) by Brian K. Vaughan. Saga is just simply the best. I could binge all the volumes in this crazy addicting series in one very cozy rainy day. If you’re looking to try out a graphic novel and love space, sci-fi, fantastic characters and world building, and beautiful artwork, you have to read Saga!
10 Natchez Burning Trilogy by Greg Iles. I don’t even know if I’d have the words to do this trilogy justice. I picked up Natchez Burning without knowing anything about the author or the MC, who was in three books prior to this one, but I fell deep into this consuming story about lies, crimes, and secrets from the past. This series combines two of my favorite genres (thriller/mystery and historical fiction) and were all jaw-dropping page turners.
Now I’m kinda wishing tomorrow as a rainy day so I could stay at home and cozy up under my covers with some of these books!
Would any of these make your list of rainy day reads? Have you done a Top Ten Tuesday too? Leave your link in the comments below!