Monday, April 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Rainy Day Reads

Rainy day reads is a topic that I think I've done a few times before, but it's always a fun topic to explore so I never get tired of doing it. I usually pick out ten individual books to feature, but this time I decided to go mostly with general themes or ideas that I like to read when it's beautiful and rainy outside (with individual books as examples, of course). Listed in no particular order.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)
1. The Winternight Trilogy. These are the books that came to mind immediately when I saw this week's prompt, largely because I read each one while it was raining out! I knew I wanted to read these during the winter/rainy months and that was probably one of the best decisions I've made. I even started reading The Girl int he Tower impulsively because it started raining out and I could feel it calling to me to read it. This is the perfect rainy trilogy.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The Winter of the Witch  by Katherine Arden

Once Upon a RiverThe Queens of Innis LearIn the Night Garden (The Orphan's Tales, #1)
2. Fairy-tale/Folktale-inspired stories with strong prose. Nothing scream perfect cozy rainy read more than books with a classic fairy-tale like feel and some beautiful prose style that draws you in and makes you feel like you're in a dream.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

The Wolf in the WhaleA Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows, #1)To the Bright Edge of the World
3. A freezing, snow-filled adventure. There's nothing I love more than reading about people in a freezing cold setting while it's dark and stormy out. There's something about it that makes me feel more connected to the story and able to lose myself in it better than if it were a hundred degrees out. The Wolf in the Whale takes place in the subarctic, A Cavern of Black Ice takes place in an Alaska-inspired freezing fantasy setting, and To the Bright Edge of the World takes place in Alaska itself.

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky
A Cavern of Black of Ice by J.V. Jones
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)NightbooksThe Secret Keepers
4. A cozy middle grade (fantasy is best, but not necessary). I love reading middle grade books for the creativity and imagination that tends to flourish between the pages, so nothing feels more comforting and delightful than sinking into a rich middle grade book on a rainy day. Nevermoor has an overflowing amount of whimsy and adventure if that's your thing, whereas Winterhouse has a strong winter vibe and a wonderfully intimate hotel setting.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Nightbooks by J.A. White
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

Little DarlingsThe Silent CompanionsThe Phantom of the OperaThe Madman̢۪s Daughter (The Madman̢۪s Daughter, #1)
5. Something dark and perhaps a bit spooky. There is truly no better time to read a spooky/dark book than on a dark, stormy, and/or rainy day. There really isn't. Little Darlings isn't out just yet (May!), but it fits this perfectly and includes some changelings. The Madman's Daughter and The Silent Companions also provide some excellent spooks, and The Phantom of the Opera isn't necessarily as scary as the others, but it does have a rather dark and foreboding atmosphere that I just love.

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
The Silence Companions by Laura Purcell
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)The Crimson Petal and the WhiteThe Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)The Paying GuestsMrs. Poe
6. A cozy historical fiction/fantasy. There's something about a lot of historical fiction that gives me a warm feeling inside and makes me so happy (even though a lot of historical fiction tends to be rather depressing, if we're being honest)--which is exactly how the rain makes me feel! Torn is probably my favorite rainy day read out of these four listed here; it's a fantasy with a strong historical fiction feel and low(ish) fantasy settings with an incredible protagonist whose job is as a tailor sewing magic/charms into clothing. And there's some political upheaval/revolutions in it as well, which is always a bonus.

Torn by Rowenna Miller
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite rainy day reads?


  1. Ooh, I'd not thought of fairy tales! That's such a good choice. My TTT

  2. Great list! I how you divided your list into different categories. They all sound so good for a rainy day, especially fairy tales and historical fiction. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

  3. A Cavern of Black Ice looks like such a good read.

    My TTT.

  4. I like how you categorized the books. I'm reading The Bear and the Nightingale right now. I figure I better read it before the weather turns nice and I'd want to wait until next winter to finish it.

    1. That was pretty much exactly why I read the last two as quickly as I did, haha! I knew we wouldn't be getting too much more rainy weather so I had to take advantage so I didn't have to wait months... the things we do for books. :)

  5. Oh I like the idea of exploring themes, what a great idea! And isn't it funny how we can sometimes remember what the weather was like when reading a certain book? Like it almost becomes part of the experience!

    I like a good spooky read on a rainy or dark day, and Little darlings looks fabulous! And I love a wintry setting!!

  6. Oh yes, definitely The Winternight Trilogy. I can't believe I forgot to put that one on my own list this week.

  7. Ooh, I’ll have to look up those snow-filled books. I love snowy books on rainy days and every other day.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. I would definitely say something spooky would be good! Totally agree with The Silent Companions.