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We need very few excuses to stay inside and read all day. A rainy day is a perfect excuse to stay indoors all day and read. There’s nothing like rainy weather to make you wish you were cuddling up with a warm drink, a soft blanket, and a good read. If you are a bibliophile as well, then you will know how it feels. When all your plans are cancelled due to the downpour, read a good book to chase away the boredom. When rain falls, books call. So here are 10 book recommendations that will make your lazy, rainy days even better:
1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Rainy days are perfect to read a spooky mystery. Even better is a spooky mystery set in an even spookier location. Eight strangers reach a remote island, all invited for different reasons—a work opportunity, a relaxing vacation, etc. But when the group members start to drop like flies, the remaining guests have no time to relax—they have to find the killer. This book is my most favorite Agatha Christie book. This book is for you if your ideal rainy day read includes goose bumps, an ensemble cast, and murder.
2. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev
Rains and romance go hand in hand. This modern day Pride and Prejudice retelling, set in the Bay Area will definitely keep you hooked till the end. We have Dr. Trisha Raje, the genius neurosurgeon daughter, and Chef DJ Cain. Both are trying to find their way in a new world, new culture and yet honor their families. Author Sonali Dev does an amazing job in describing immigrants holding on to Indian culture throughout the book.
I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.
— Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
This 19th century novel, featuring the famous fictional characters Catherine and Heathcliff, is drenched with furious storms, fatalistic love and phantoms. The lead lovers of Brontë’s Gothic classic brave the wild weather of the Yorkshire moors, and of the mind and heart. Heathcliff is every bit an abominable scoundrel and the English moors are every bit as creepy. Read it once, and decide whether you love it or hate it. The gloomy landscape and gothic feel make this a perfect read for the gloomy rainy season.
4. The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond
This very first literary fiction novel wrote by Ruskin Bond is a perfect monsoon read. Set in Dehradun, it is about a sixteen-year-old orphaned Anglo-Indian boy, Rusty who is not allowed to get in contact with other Indians and lives in a house with a guardian. Then one day Rusty runs away from his guardian’s house to the locality where Indians live. How Rusty deals with the real life forms the rest of the story.
The book beautifully captures the struggles of a young adult. The scenic beauty of Dehradun narrated by Mr. Bond makes you fall in love with the book. The story makes you rethink about life, slowing down and valuing the simple pleasures of life.
Solitude: it's become my trade. As it requires a certain discipline, it's a condition I try to perfect. And yet it plagues me, it weighs on me in spite of my knowing it so well.
— Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts
5. Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
Whereabouts is the latest novel by Jhumpa Lahiri that is captivating not only because of the beautiful prose but the dreamlike quality to the book. The book follows an unknown woman narrator who is a professor at a university through an unknown city in Italy for an entire year. We follow the narrator through her daily wanderings to the supermarket, vacation, pool and friend’s dinner. We get the inner workings of her mind, how she views herself, the people and the world around her.
There is a strong sense of aloneness but also strength in owning your time and being fine with being alone. This book is so beautiful, the writing is moving, and gives you this calming effect that reassures you that you are exactly where you need to be.
6. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Sometimes an unexpected rainy day makes me want to cast away my current reads and pick up something I can sail through quickly, and a good thriller always fits that bill. The Woman in Cabin 10 is set on a small luxury cruise ship. One night, journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. But when she tries to investigate, she finds that all evidence of the crime has vanished–and all the ship’s passengers and crew are accounted for. A chilling and suspenseful thriller which will keep you hooked till the end.
Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Are you looking for some inspiration on your rainy day? Look no further than Big Magic, which is full of brilliant insights on how to live your most creative life. The author Elizabeth Gilbert will empower you to listen to your muse, and infuse your everyday life with more passion. A must read for all you creative people out there!
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Monsoon is a magical season and so why not pick up a book with some magic? Be transported to another time and place with The Night Circus. This is a story of two young magicians immersed in a dangerous competition. This sweeping, gorgeously written love story will captivate you, and make you wish that the night circus was a real place you could visit.
9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This one is a young adult read. I am definitely guilty of indulging in a YA novel every once in a while. And this one didn’t disappoint! Lara Jean is 16, and has an unusual hobby. Whenever she has a crush on a guy, she writes him a letter telling him how she feels. Except that she never sends it. She only stuffs these letters in a box hidden under her bed. All is well until one day she discovers that her precious box is gone, and someone has sent all the letters she’s written. And now Lara Jean has to deal with the mess that follows. Quite an entertaining book to keep you occupied on a rainy day!
The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.
— Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
10. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Monsoons are not just for romantic novels. Reading a thriller when it’s dark and gloomy outside can be a great experience too. Sharp Objects is one of the darkest, most twisted books I’ve ever read. Reporter Camille Preaker is forced to return to her hometown and face her dark and troubled past in order to investigate the disturbing murders of two preteen girls. This one is a page turner with an end that would leave you stunned.
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© 2021 Shaloo Walia
Rinita Sen on August 18, 2021:
Great list. I just read Room om the Roof a few weeks ago :)
manatita44 from london on August 11, 2021:
Beautifully done. I love Agatha Christie's work and I've seen most of them on the computer. Hercule Poirot and Angela Lansbury are my favourite of all the writer's protagonists.
Naturally, love the Bronte Sisters too. Sharp object sounds like a scary read.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2021:
It's always nice to receive reading suggestions. Thank you for this list, my friend. I hope this finds you healthy and well.
Liza from USA on August 11, 2021:
Best selection of books to read and curl up whilst it's raining. Thanks for the recommendation! Now, I just need a lot of rain in my state. It has been a very hot season and long drought in Utah.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 11, 2021:
What a great list, Shaloo. I think I have read the first one by Agatha Christie, but I think I’d like to read every book from number 4 onwards.
Lora Hollings on August 11, 2021:
What a wonderful list of books for rainy days! We’re in our monsoon season here too in the desert and it’s always nice to have a good book handy to curl up with. I think #4 would be my first choice but all sound great. I read Wuthering Heights back in high school and it always was one of my favorites. I’ll have to revisit that one again as well.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 11, 2021:
Thanks for another great list. I think that #2 would be my first choice but they all seem wonderful.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 11, 2021:
This is a wonderful article as I love to read, Shaloo. I have read several of the books on you list, but not all of them. Thank you for these wonderful suggestions.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 11, 2021:
Very nice compilation. Must read some of them.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 11, 2021:
Am interesting list of books to read on a rainy day. I have read some of them, thank you for sharing these.