Although I am a particular fan of lazy days spent reading in the sun, I also think there is nothing greater than curling up under a blanket and losing myself in a good book, preferably with a cup of tea in hand and the sound of the rain hitting the windows outside. Living in the North West of England means that throughout autumn (and also spring, summer and winter) there is no shortage of grey and rainy days to enjoy reading.
I had planned to pull out some of my favourite reads to show off but as my books are still mostly packed away *sob* you will have to make do with copies of the covers instead! One day really, really, really soon I will get all my books out and displayed once again.
The main criteria for the perfect rainy day read for me is that it has to be a book I can get swept up in. Although with the kids I don’t often get the chance to sit and read for hours on end, I still crave the possibility that I could find the time to read a book from cover to end in an entire day.
The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
No surprises here that a Jodi Picoult book is my first suggestion but if you haven’t yet picked up The Storyteller then you need to sort it out! I am a big Picoult fan anyway but this is hands-down my favourite book. A dual timeline, a World War Two mystery, the usual conflict and grey areas all mixed together with a love interest which ticks along gently in the background but complements the rest of the story perfectly…this is a book which will have you drawn in and turning the pages to find out what happens next.
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
If atmospheric, family-sagas with a strong focus on book lovers are your jam then you will love The Thirteenth Tale. This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far and I have recommended it countless times since I put it down. Again it’s a dual timeline story with an historic mystery and a present day setting but I LOVED.THIS.BOOK.
Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling
I feel as though you could pick up any of the seven Harry Potter books and devour them on a rainy day. If you can get some HP common room music going in the background as well then you will really be onto a winner. Adult or child alike, these books are just so so good and you can easily find yourself caught up in the story; imagining the rain hitting the window pane as you curl up in front of the fire in Hogwarts and not in your living room.
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Fantasy is one of my all-time favourite genres when autumn comes around as I love the idea of diving into another world, preferably one with a kick-ass magical system. I ummed and ahhed over which fantasy series I would recommend as there are so many I could have chosen other than Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology; the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb…but this series just pipped the others to the post. Morally grey characters, an impossible heist, an interesting backdrop and a clever magic system…if you haven’t yet read Six of Crows then I would highly recommend you do this autumn.
Station Eleven – Emily St.John Mandel
Station Eleven may seem like an odd choice because it happens to be one of the bleakest books I’ve ever read but it is because of the writing style and the setting that this is the perfect book to read on a grey and cloudy day. Of course, I should probably also mention that this post-apocalyptic story is laced with hope and humanity, and although there are dark moments there are also plenty of moments which fill your heart as well.
What are your recommendations for books to read on a rainy day?
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