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Fence by C.S. Pacat
I feel like graphic novels are the perfect rainy day reads. They’re usually easy to get into, and the illustrations truly help you get lost in the story. What could be better on a dreary day than Fence? Lose yourself in the competition between Nicholas and Seiji, and what I hope will end up becoming an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story in the next issues.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
If you want to coordinate your mood with the weather, you might want to go for a bit of a darker and moodier read. If We Were Villains is perfect in that case. It’s the story of Oliver, who has just been released from prison after serving 10 years for a crime he may or may not have committed. It’s partly set in the present, where Oliver is telling the story to a former detective, and partly in the past, when the actual crime took place. Did he really kill his friend? If so, why?
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I chose Sadie as the perfect rainy day read because I can just imagine someone listening to the audiobook while looking out the window, staring at the rain pouring down. It’s such a moving and sad story, and I think it really suits the mood. Sadie follows a character of the same name, who goes on a hunt to find the person who killed her little sister, and a radio host personality who is making a podcast of their story.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
If you don’t want to go for a moody or dark book, The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the one for you. As it’s middle grade, the novel is incredibly easy to get into. You’ll find yourself falling in love with the magic and wonder of Nevermoor immediately, trust me. Rainy days are perfect for discovering magical lands, don’t you think so?
The City of Brass (Daevabad #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
In case you want some escapism, but don’t like middle grade, you might want to go for The City of Brass. It’s one of the most atmospheric and captivating fantasy reads I’ve read in a while, and it’ll transport you from your rainy surroundings into the hot desert.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Want to get away from the rainy atmosphere of planet Earth? Well, the weather’s worse on Mars! You might be stuck inside, but at least you’re not left behind on a planet after a sandstorm.
Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb
In my opinion, rainy days are the perfect time to truly get lost in a book, to immerse yourself in another person’s life. While most people expect an action-packed novel when they pick up Assassin’s Apprentice, that’s really not what the book is. It’s more of a character-driven novel, where we follow Fitz’s life from a little boy onward. Robin Hobb has mastered the art of creating a fantasy series with complex characters.
Illuminae (the Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
One more way to escape into outer space! I’d highly recommend listening to the audiobook of Illuminae on the next rainy day. It’s action-packed, funny, creepy, and captivating. It has a full cast narration, which makes it seem like a TV show in your head. It’s truly perfect for a chill day at home.
I Hear the Sunspot Volume 1 by Yuki Fumino
Are you more of a contemporary reader instead? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. It might be time to consider picking up the three volumes out so far of I Hear the Sunspot, a wonderful manga I need everyone to read. It’s a romance between two university students, who meet when one accidentally falls “from the sky” when the other is having lunch. It’s queer, it has a disabled main character and talks about hearing impairments quite often, it’s adorable, and it’s sweet.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
If you truly want to match the weather, you might want to go for a book that’ll leave you weeping at the end. Enter The Song of Achilles, a novel that made me cry my eyes out by the end – even though I already knew how the story played out. It’s a retelling of the Iliad through the eyes of Patroclus, Achilles’ best friend and partner.
What do you think of my picks? Have you read them? Do they seem like good rainy day picks to you? What are your rainy day recommendations?