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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 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!