Rocking the rainy day reads!


orangutan in rain umbrella

Look at me being all British, talking about the weather. And for a whole post as well- youโ€™re in for a real treat ๐Ÿ˜‰ Obviously cos Iโ€™m a Brit, when the topic of โ€œrainy day readsโ€ came up for Top Ten Tuesday, I thought it was excellent timing: itโ€™s Spring. In England. Need I say more?

I also noticed that it was really cool how everyoneโ€™s answers seemed as changeable as the weather. Which makes sense- what makes one person feel cosy wonโ€™t work for another. And I was struck, as if by lightning, how great it is that we can all show off our varied tastes in this way. So, I decided to throw my brolly into the ring and share some of the things I like to read on a rainy day:

(yes I am not-so-sneakily doing this meme weeks late and on the wrong day ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


war and peace

It seems like a good time to catch up on my reading, so maybe it’s time to tackle one of those hefty tomes!

Immersive Reads

six of crows duology

Otherwise, I like the books that really transport me to other worlds, that build a picture from scratch, that take me to far off and well imagined lands.

Long AND Immersive Books

mistborn series

Of course there are lots of books that fulfil both of those categories really nicely.

Something to reflect the GLOOM

wicked deep

On a rainy day, I really like the books that bring a level of *atmosphere* to the table.



If I can’t go outside, I want something that’s really going to capture my attention and keep me glued to the page.

Urban Fantasy/Magical Realism

raven boys

This is another genre full of atmosphere and cool world building- and I especially love that feeling of being connected to the real world, while dipping my toes into fantasy.

Creepy worlds (especially dystopias)

hunger games

When the weather is grim, it seems like a good time to delve deeper in to dark recesses of the human mind… or I could go for something totally different like:

All the classics!

jane eyre

I don’t know why, but classics give me a cosy feel. Maybe it’s connecting to a time gone by or maybe it’s the abundance of pathetic fallacy in books like Jane Eyre ๐Ÿ˜‰



Nothing says cosy to me like a beloved book I’ve read so many times the pages are falling out! Perfect for feeling all warm inside!

So what about you- whatโ€™s your rainy day read? Long books, short books, or the random ramblings of a monkey? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know whatever youโ€™re thinking in the comments!

49 thoughts on “Rocking the rainy day reads!

  1. Great choices. I don’t have a go to for rainy days but I do love a creepy and atmospheric read especially when it’s a dark, wintry, rainy day with gusts of wind to make things rattle and creak.

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  2. I think rainy days need lighter books full of humor. But still, the wicked deep and hunger games are great reads too. And the raven cycle – all four books – as well.


  3. War and Peace ( 2882 pages!) and Jane Eyre; two must reads for the literary adept. Maggie Stiefvader; good recreational reading about love and death in a fantasy setting. The hunger games; a manual for the movies. Reread Harry Potter only when you really, really have nothing better to do. I know nothing about the other books, so I’m abstaining of ventilating any opinion about them. Have a nice Drop Ten Weekend.


  4. For me those rather dreadful novels you buy at the airport were the best choice on a miserable day. Dan Brown and James Patterson evoke a sort of combination of rage and absorbtion that can occupy me, which is better than staring glumly outside as the rain falls (if only just!)


  5. Your rainy day reads are just like mine! I like to reserve fluffy, contemporary books for warmer weather and just bask in the doom and gloom during the rainy season ๐Ÿ˜‚.


  6. Love anything that can pull me into the book and I submerge into the world. I read the latest Alex Craft and didnโ€™t come up for air or food until I finished the book. Thanks for the recommendations! โค๏ธโค๏ธ


  7. I am in a faze where romance is the answer to everything. ๐Ÿ™‚ Saying that, I’m currently reading The Other Woman by Daniel Silva. To be fair, we currently live in India and there are no rainy days right now.


  8. These are all such perfect rainy day reads! I’d love to be immersed in the Mistborn world on a rainy day, and books like The Raven Boys and Harry Potter just SCREAM cozy weather to me ๐Ÿ˜€ Great picks!!


  9. No no you don’t need to say more! I am used to spring in England LOL I just began Brandon Sanderson’s books and I plan to go on with it …on rainy days LOL


  10. It would have to be a very long rainy day to finish War and Peace (I think I took a week the first time I read it), but itโ€™s so worth it!

    Rebecca is another great rainy day read – I think itโ€™s really suited to great thunderstorms!


  11. Oh these are such great choices! Especially love Sanderson and Stiefvater. It only rains rarely here so I don’t get to enjoy much rainy day reading. When it does I usually go out and splash in puddles ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Lovely post! For rainy days, I love reading classics and old childhood favorites! Something about the rain reminds me of my childhood, and make me reconnect with my inner child! Haha. I do like to read a little magical realism during this type of weather as well, though I’m not sure why!


  13. I agree about classics and rereads (especially Harry Potter) make for such cosy reads. I don’t know what it is about classics but Jane Austen is such a cosy author sometimes.


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