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Honestly, rainy day reads could mean a number of things. It could mean the books that you save for a rainy day, the ones that you don’t pick up otherwise. It could be comfort reads, the ones you love to sit back with. It could be rain check reads, the ones that you didn’t have the time for until you were stuck at home all day. For this list I’ve decided to mainly include comfort reads as they are they ones I typically turn to.
10. A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
I have a very strong emotional connection with this story despite the fact that I’m not immensely in love with reading it. But every once in a while I like to sit down and reread this book, another aunt recommended and then passed along book that I’ve had in my possession for a great many years. I fell in love with the main character and her protector, so much so that I still have tons of feels about them whenever I think of this book.
9. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This is such a wondrously amazing and, at times, cute, coming of age story about a young woman who has had to deal with quite a lot in her short life. There’s so much to this book that I have enjoyed over the years and it is my second most reread Sarah Dessen novel to date. I’ve always ranked her books by the ones that I’ve liked the most, and The Truth About Forever has always been number two. In fact, it very nearly was number one at one point.
8. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
All Our Yesterdays is an emotional ride of a novel and is actually the only one of these books I can recall reading on a rainy day off that I had. I spent the entire day that I was supposed to be spending cleaning the apartment reading this book. I started, continued, and finished it all in one day. And it was wonderful. It filled me with so much joy, broke my heart worse than so many other books before. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book is to you. If you’ve not read it, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not going out to buy it this instant.
7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I’ve always loved This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. It was the first book of hers that I ever read and it’s one that I will forever hold dear to my heart. In fact, a few months ago when I found out that I had lost my copy in my move from Massachusetts to California, I immediately freaked out, checking everywhere I could, and then went out and bought myself another copy, ensuring that it had the exact same cover. I’m very particular about this book and I do hope that I one day find my old copy.
6. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
This series simultaneously fills me with joy and breaks my heart. I have so many feels for these books that I can’t imagine not wanting to read them on a rainy day. I just want to have these books curled up with me while I make my way through each one, reacquainting myself with the stories of Kestrel and Arin. There are honestly very few better ways to spend your rainy days, in my opinion, and so if you’re looking for a series to binge, this one would be a great choice.
5. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
An adorable and beyond perfect graphic novel about a young prince who likes to wear dresses and the young girl he hires to make them for him. She has dreams and aspirations just as he does and together they set out to achieve them. The story, the relationship between all of the characters, the conflict, and the resolution are all sure signs of perfection to the point that I honestly believe, if you have not read this story already, you are missing out on more than you could possibly know and imagine.
4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I don’t think many would disagree with the fact that The Little Prince is definitely a rainy day read. It’s the kind of book that I would expect to sit down with my future children in a blanket fort and curl up to read. It’s a sick day read and the sort of book that just fills you with all sorts of feelings similar to love and comfort. In fact, I’m not sure I could think up a more perfect rainy day read, especially one when there are children involved.
3. The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
I’ve loved Eragon since I was little. In fact, there was a time in which I was sick and I carted this book around with me the entire time. I even stayed home an extra day so that I could keep reading. So, yes, Eragon and all the subsequent novels in this series are very much comfort reads for me. They are a pretty essential piece of my childhood and, to this day, I still have the impressively old and battered copy of the first book in the series, one that had first belonged to my Aunt and was later passed on to me due to how much I had fallen in love with it.
2. The Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld
I just adore Deryn and Aleksander. Any amount of time I spend with these two characters is well-spent and deeply enjoyable. I could definitely see myself curled up all day long reading about their lives and adventures. The personalities that Westerfeld built for his readers are nothing short of wonderful and amazing. And the story is pretty wonderful and impressive as well, but nothing beats my love for these two fantastic characters.
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Are any of you even the least bit surprised that this is number one on my list? If I had a day off there is no question that I would spend the whole thing reading this series all over again. I love everything about it, so it’s only natural that this would be my number one comfort read and the best book series to settle down with on a rainy day. I already reread it multiple times a year, so it really just makes sense.
And that’s all for my rainy day reads. Something tells me I wont be getting a rainy day off any time soon, though.