Hey everybody! It’s Wednesday today, and for many, that means Top 5 Wednesday! This is a weekly meme moderated by YouTubers Thoughts on Tomes and gingerreadslainey
This weeks prompt is your top five rainy-day reads recommendations! I love nothing more than to curl up with a book when I can hear the rain coming down, wind howling, and a storm rolling by. There is nothing more comforting than transporting yourself to another world while the weather around you is almost supernatural. I love it. That being said, here are my top five books to read in this situation:
5. More Than This by Patrick Ness – This book is fast-paced and emotional. It delves into life and death and the choices that we make with those that we love. Not only is it hard-hitting, but it has an intensely immersive plot and world. Once you start reading it, it is almost impossible to stop, which makes it perfect for the type of day where you want to read and not be disturbed for hours.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This must go without saying, but another emotional read must be included on this list. Rainy days are meant for emotional reads, historical fiction (we’re getting there, don’t worry) and fantasy. I have not read this book for more than five years, but I read it so many times before. The story will never leave me, and it is always comforting to go back to it.
3. Misery by Stephen King – Stephen King is the god of all things rainy day. Does that make sense? Read this book and it will. If you do not know what Misery is about, open it and start reading. This is a chilling thriller and it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole story. I have a very distinct memory of reading this book in one day at the lake while it was pouring outside. I sat on the porch at the cabin, hidden from the rain. I could hear it around me and smell it. Opening this book and reading this story is transporting myself back to that time.
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I love historical fiction so much, and this story has such a special place in my heart. The cover reminds me of a rainy day, and the emotional and real story of this novel allows for the perfect atmosphere of a rainy-day read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Of course, The Book Thief is on this list. OF COURSE. I have read this book more times than I have fingers on my hands. I have read this book during rain, sunshine, snow, and storm. It will never leave my mind or my heart. It is such a familiar world to me, and the characters are like old friends. It is a very comforting story to return to when it’s raining outside.
What are some of your favourite books to read on rainy days? Let me know! (Also, Harry Potter is of course on this list as a hidden #0.5, but it’s kind of a given, isn’t it?)