It happens to all of us. Despite our best intentions, and in opposition to our plans, it rains. And not a nice, light, spring shower, but a long, miserable, gray-day sort of rain, complete with thunder and lightning.
The kind of day that makes you want to curl up with a book.
Unsurprisingly, this happens to me, too. And even though I know that there’s posts to write and art to draw and various crafts to make–things that I normally consider fun–I just can’t help myself.
To the bookshelf I go.
So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Best Books to Read on a Rainy Day.
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Have I ever mentioned what a genius Brian Jacques is? No? Well, now I have. Though they are classified as children’s fiction, his Redwall series defies boundaries and is literally fun for all ages.
The good guys are true heroes, the bad guys are epically evil (I would not want to meet Cluny the Scourge in a dark alley), and the hares are. . . well. . . the hares. (You know what I mean, right? I’m not the only one who loves the hares, right?!)
In other words, this isn’t your standard dark novel with a conflicted anti-hero protagonist who has questionable morals, or book with a thousand shades of gray. It’s a classic good-versus-evil tale, a perfect Hero’s Journey myth, a welcome breath of clean air.
And, of course, perfect for a rainy day.
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Yeah, I know. This isn’t one book; it’s seven. In my defense, I have the big collected
version–so technically, for me, it’s one book.
In any case, all seven Narnia books are gray-day-escape material. Besides the obvious thrill of an adventure in another world, there’s C.S. Lewis’s amazing writing skills and the fact that I can jump around to all of my favorite parts. (Just another benefit of having the complete collection. :))
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Yet again I beg the “I have the omnibus” excuse. Yes, I have all three books collected in one handy volume–therefore I count it as one book. And even though I technically haven’t finished it yet, I still love it.
There’s really no explanation necessary for why this is on the list–I could say something about how amazing and exciting Lord of the Rings is, but I won’t. And for those days when you don’t feel like reading, there’s always the movies.
Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP
The writing is superb. The art is stunning. And did I mention that it includes Mokona? Exciting, adventurous, hilarious, and heart-wrenching by turns, this is my favorite manga. Ever. No wonder I reach for it on gloomy days!
Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter
Teenage spies. Awesome missions. A touch of romance. My personal favorite in the Gallagher Girl series has matured from earlier installments, and it’s an adventure that starts a new chapter in the Gallagher Girl series. Too bad about the cliffhanger ending. . . but hey, at least I have the next few books on hand, too.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Come on, you knew that a Harry Potter book was going to be on this list. Think about it: Imaginative storyline? Check. A healthy dose of magic and mayhem? Check. Satisfying ending? Double check.
Plus, I love to hate Voldemort (who doesn’t?), and Rowling’s personal rags-to-riches story is inspiring. Perfect rainy day material!
So there you have my rainy day booklist! Writing about it made me wish for rain!
What are your favorite books to read on rainy days?