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Ten Rainy Day Reads / #toptentuesday 184

One of the things we sometimes seem to do as reader and bloggers is creating themed list of books that have to do with the weather or holiday season. Perfect Valentine Reads, Perfect Beach Reads, Perfect Christmas Reads and so on. We don’t always fill in these kind of themed reads in the same way however. We all have different associations with these kind of books. So for the day we have Rainy Day Reads for Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) and I thought I’d give a quick idea of what I consider rainy day reads. Which was hard to decide on by the way.

When I think of a rainy day my ideal would be to curl up on the couch with a blanket and some tea or hot cocoa. A book for that would have to be gripping and perhaps slightly creepy. Something mythology or fairytale based would be ideal. The book shouldn’t be too big so I could easily hold it and drink something.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children 2) by Seanan McGuire
A little creepy and as a novella so easy to read during an afternoon.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
This is just all kinds of creepy and as such just very gripping. It will hold you for the whole day.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelShutter by Courtney Alameda
Another creepy read that is based on Dracula (van Hellsing side of it)

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A very gripping, emotional tale.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThis Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee
Based on Frankenstein, of course this is creepy.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight 1) by Katherine Arden
The start to a creepy, Russian folklore inspired tale that is very gripping once you start it.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike 1) by Robert Gailbraith / J.K. Rowling
The only real detective on here

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelPerfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
So much creepy in this book.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings 1) by Mackenzie Lee
Not creepy but it is gripping.

So there you have it. What would you consider an ideal rainy day read?

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40 thoughts on “Ten Rainy Day Reads / #toptentuesday 184

  1. Yes to the couch and tea! I don’t think I have Rainy Day reads. It would depend on the season and the lenght of rain, I guess. For just one day (or maybe even only an Afternoon) of rain I probably would just get on with my reading plans. But during longer periods of rainy weather I usually turn to old favourites at least once. Keeping company with characters I know and like, preferably in a series.
    I tend to find books that disturb me or are for some reason or other hard easier to read in smaller chunks, so on a rainy day I would probably find other things to do instead of reading. Most recent examply is “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James – I tried to read it on vacation, during a week with stormy weather. Gave up after four days, the structure of stories within the story, the topics especially of abuse and the language weren’t my thing. And while I might have persisted if ordinary day demands had broken up my reading time, reading ( or trying to read) it during long stretches of time made me intensly dislike the book. Next book I turned to was “That Ain’t Witchcraft” by Seanan McGuire, because although that book was new, the author and series are a favourite of mine.

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    1. That is a good point. Just a random day would also not make me pick something else up. But with longer periods my interest might start diverging to these others.

      To each their own in that. There are certainly a lot of books that aren’t fit to read in one sitting. Some books you just need to digest over a longer period. And that is okay too. i”m sorry Black Leopard, Red Wolf didn’t work out for you. Abuse is such a hard topic to read about as well so I can imagine that. Seanan McGuire is great. She knows her craft so well.

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    1. They would be perfect for you. Speaking of what would be perfect for you, I think Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda would work better for you than Shutter that is on this list. πŸ™‚


  2. Great list! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a fun read, and Hex and The Bear and the Nightingale are both on my TBR. πŸ™‚

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  3. Have you seen the film based on A Monster Calls? I started watching it and had to stop because I was crying so much. It’s just as emotional as the book in a good way. Just need to grab a big box of tissues before I go back to it again. Haha.

    My post.

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  4. Love your criteria for a rainy day read! I usually go for tea when it rains (hot cocoa when it snows or is cold!). Because I’m weird. xD I still need to give Patrick Ness a try! I can’t believe I haven’t yet. I’m just slacking, is all lol. These all sound like great rainy day reads!

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      1. Dat ben ik momenteel aan het doen. Ik ben er alleen nog niet uit of ik hem ga lezen als sequel (potions) of als een boek in de toekomst (divination). πŸ™‚


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