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Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 Each Tuesday, there’s a theme, and we do fun lists for each theme and talk books! This week’s topic:


My favorite type of reads are rainy day reads! I love reading when it rains, and although I am not really a believer of certain books being perfect for a single season or weather, but I do think there’s just something about reading these particular books when it’s raining outside. So let’s jump in!

1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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I am still reading this, but it’s such an aesthetically dark and moody and academic book, and I think its atmosphere really matches the dark rainy days. I am really enjoying this one so far btw, I just have no idea when I’ll finish it!

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

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Listen, reading Gillian Flynn on a rainy day is such a mood. What more can you want from a rainy day than a book about awful women? Gone Girl is still my fave of hers, but truly any of her books are good.

3. Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

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Rainy days sometimes call for really quick and light reads – and Fence is all that and more. I adore these characters so much and they are all so important. Definitely check this out next time you need to brighten up a gloomy day. Plus, fencing? Fascinating.

4. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

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I would read this on a gloomy day and I would read it in a single sitting and everything would be right in the world for a bit. It’s such a heartwarming story. Truly. If you want to know more of my thoughts, find them HERE.

5. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills 

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Just like with Simon, this book is pure and good and light, but also serious and perfect to read in one sitting while the rain is making the outside unbearable. Highly recommended. My reviews for all Emma Mills books (including this one can be found HERE and HERE).

6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Of course this is on the list. In my defense, it’s a really good rainy day read. Because it’s about maladapted kids searching for dead Welsh kings. And the atmosphere is so rich and dark and MYSTERIOUS and it’s perfect for a rainy afternoon.

7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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It’s been a while since I’ve been as impressed with the lushness and vividness of a world as much as I was with Orisha in Children of Blood and Bone. The world is so saturated and bright, but the story is dark and high stakes, so it’s exactly the right mix for a rainy day. My full review can be found HERE.

8. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 

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There’s something about Scott Lynch’s incredible characters that makes you so invested in a story, and a rainy day is a perfect backdrop to get invested in a fictional world. And this one is a good one.

9. A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert 

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Why yes, rainy days are awesome for binge reading romance novels. And while you’re at it, why not read a ownvoices one, focusing on an amazing black, autistic woman in a small town. It’s so good you’ll buy all of Talia’s books for the next rainy day.

10. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

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Middle Grade novels for the win! I think rainy days are made for rereading, and if you’d ask me what I want to reread right now if it were raining – I’d say anything Rick Riordan, but mostly The Kane Chronicles. This series gets overshadowed by his other ones, but it’s just as good and I love it.


And those are my rainy day reads! I would love to hear from you – what are yours? Do you like any of mine? Let me know!


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