T5W – Rainy Day Reads

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So, getting back on track, this is another Top 5 Wednesday post. T5W is a weekly meme hosted by Samantha on Goodreads. This week’s topic is Rainy Day Reads. It’s very hard for me to define what qualifies as a rainy day read, but some books just have that kind of aura that tells you that they should be read on a rainy, gloomy day.

Misery – Stephen King


I am not a Stephen King fan. I can never get into his books. But I loved this one and it’s definitely a perfect rainy day read. It’s a story about an author who gets “rescued” by his biggest fan from a car crash. But when she finds out that he’s not planning on continuing with her favourite series, things start to get ugly. It’s the perfect amount of scary and creepy, and I can’t imagine a more ideal ambiance to this story than a patter of rain and a dark, grey sky.

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah


I’ve read this book this year, but I still haven’t gotten around to reviewing it. It’s because it was a very difficult book for me to read and I feel like it’s going to be just as difficult to reflect on it and show you my thoughts. This story talks about domestic violence in a very accurate way, but that makes it extremely triggering. I can’t imagine reading a novel like this one on a sunny day. Even though it’s a very heart touching story, it would make a beautiful day feel much more dreary.

CW: domestic violence

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss


I can’t really explain it, but this book feels like a perfect rainy day read. The atmosphere it creates just asks for a bit of rain. It’s a beautiful book about a man telling his incredible life story to a chronicler. It’s slow, but crafted with extreme care, showing you a harsh, but very whimsical world. It’s just perfect.

This Crumbling Pageant – Patricia Burroughs


This is another slow-paced fantasy, that just needs some rain in the background. This book is written in a very beautiful way, at times it feels almost like a poetry. It’s a story about a young girl who was taught to be ashamed of her power her entire life, but slowly starts discovering her true worth. At times it’s a very difficult book to read, but it’s a good novel nonetheless. And it had a really interesting, morally grey character as well!

Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence


Well… and isn’t a rainy day without a good grimdark novel a rainy day wasted? I’ll admit this grimdark definitely isn’t my favourite, but it’s a pretty decent book. It starts out very bloody (as every dark fantasy should), but it gets more mild as the story progresses, which was something I didn’t enjoy all that much. Nonetheless, following a child protagonist in a book like this one is definitely an interesting experience

CW: rape (I think, I am not 100% sure), murder, death, blood


And that’s it! Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? What do you like to read on rainy days? Let me know!

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  1. A note on the Prince of Thorns content warning: I definitely recall sexual violence and harassment at the beginning of the novel, enough that it turned me off from finishing the book.

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    1. I am glad we agree, haha! Can you recommend another King’s book that you enjoyed ? I have read a few of his novels and so far Misery is the only one that I really liked, but I am trying to give this author another chance 😁

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      1. I haven’t read the others in the series. While I liked the writing style and setting in the first book, there were several things I didn’t like that kept me from being interested enough to continue the series. At the time, I was reading one each of fantasy books from a handful of authors.

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  2. The Name of the Rose is one of my favorite books, and i’m hard put to say exactly why. It really shouldn’t work. There are so many narrative and other problems. All I can really say is that once I had finished the last of the 700+ pages, I turned right back to page one and started reading it again. I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before. Here’s a book that begins with a well-worn trope ( well-worn for a reason—very powerful—use it myself), an orphan cast out all alone into a cruel world. From there, it veers wildly around to the Ye Olde Boarding Schoole type of fantasy, to the hopeless love story, to the ghost story, to the fairy tale, to the heroic quest, to the buddy tale, and back again. Meanwhile, we find lots of crazy characters to love or maybe disbelieve, with a little bit of sadistic torture thrown into the mix. There’s a big Oliver Twist part. There’s even, I swear it, a scene right out of “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” dragon substituting for the rhino. I never could quite believe in the femme fatale-ish elusive love interest. She seemed like some guy’s fantasy idea of a desirable, mysterious woman. As for the protagonist, Kvothe, he seems in his 30s or 40s at least, when he’s actually barely out of his teens. So why, why, why do I love the book this much? The writing is superb. I believed every word this guy penned about lutes, horses, and several other matters that convincingly built the fantasy world. I adored the sidekick Bast. I willingly suspended my disbelief and begged for more. (I read The Wise Man’s Fear, this book’s sequel, too— I guess I agree with other readers that maybe it’s not as good, especially the hokey sex parts, but I don’t care. Just let me keep inhabiting that world a little longer!)

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    1. I have to admit I feel exactly the same way about this book. It shouldn’t work but somehow it does. I think that the narrative is so beautiful and compelling, that everything else just doesn’t feel as important.


  3. Oh, silly me. I said “The Name of the Rose” when I meant “The Name of the Wind”! Could any 2 books be more different? Love “The Name of the Wind.” Another weird feature I should mention: the usually awkward “as told to” POV. I’m very intrigued by unusual narrative devices like this. This one actually works. Writing workshop leaders tell you, “Don’t try this at home.” Glad Mr. Rothfuss didn’t listen.

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