Be honest, you made that sound when you read ‘rainy day reads’. Picture this. You’re inside your house, you have a reading nook that looks out onto the beautiful English countryside. It’s pouring with rain; full on large vertical drops of water. It’s pattering against the window like little feet. You have a hot chocolate. There’s a cat purring next to you. And you’re reading these books (in no particular order)…
Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This was a library book, and I borrowed instead of bought on purpose. I was determined that I would hate it. Cutesty, predictable, lovey dovey heterosexuals? Ugh, no thank you. But instead, I found a story that I could not put down, and read in about two full days. It’s an addictive story about changing everything about your life, from the setting and the way you interact. Meeting new people, pushing the boat out. And it was set in Paris, which is the perfect place to be for rainy days.
Anna & The French Kiss is part of a trilogy, though you don’t have to read one to understand the other. I’ve read 2/3, but this was definitely my favourite. But Isla & The Happily Ever After is on my TBR!
My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors
Ok, so it’s Christmas themed, but what can make you feel more cosy than snow falling outside while you’re cuddled up by the fire? I garuntee you’ll find one story that’ll make you breathe a deep sigh of relief that you don’t have to leave the house today. Some of the best stories are from Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and Kiersten White.
And if Christmas isn’t your thing on a rainy day, how about dreaming of summer? Stephanie Perkins, editor of My True Love Gave To Me, is releasing a new anthology of stories all based around the hot summer months, Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, coming May 17th! Includes authors Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, and Libba Bray.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
And that’s a perfect segway into one of the most popular Rainbow Rowell books to date. Honestly, any RR book would work on a rainy day. But Cath, cosied up in her dorm room writing mxm fanfiction? Yes please. Add a hopeless romantic of a love interest who smiles all the time. What else can make your toes scrunch up in their socks?
Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
A story that takes place mostly during the summer, Ari and Dante are two characters you just wanna smush together. Cute is very important when finding a book to read on a rainy day, and dreaming of summer loves is the thing you need. A sometimes sad book, Ari & Dante is a story of confusion, finding who you are, and beautiful romances that make your heart flip. You could probably read this in one afternoon, like I did.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Ok, so I’m throwing you a curveball here. I’m not a giant fan of this series (the films however, comedy at it’s finest!), but sometimes on a rainy day, you need your guilty pleasures. And hey, even if you genuinely like Twilight, good for you! It’s great to find a book to fall in love with, even if others hate it.
But for me, Twilight has become such a cozy thing (like High School Musical), that just watching/reading it takes me back to fifteen year old me who would do nothing but read on weekends and have no responsibilities. I think of camping holidays in Cornwall, where I threw Breaking Dawn across the caravan and decided to be a writer myself. Ahhh, memories…