I’m not sure if this makes me sit amongst the minority or majority of the reading community here, but I definitely have some books that I like to reserve for a rainy day. To me, some books just don’t read as well when it’s sunny. I sometimes feel like I can’t fully absorb into a novel if I am sat outside in the sun, or if I can’t hear the hammering of rain against the window. And some books, I feel, are just appreciated so much more when I have a rainy-weather hot choc with me rather than a glass of lemonade. Sometimes I have to wait just for a rainy day before I choose to pick up a particular book, hoping for one of those stormy days that comes in the midst of summer. This may make me seem weird to some people, but i’m sure there are some out there who agree. So what books do I think just read better while its raining? I’ve complied a list of five types.
- Victorian Children’s Literature —- By this, I mean those comforting books of quirky families, bad weather, large houses… my favourite examples are Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Their cosiness just suits a blanket and warm drink and a bit of rain, as the rain, I feel, really brings me into the victorian age feeling.
2. The odd, quirky, and slightly scary one —- We all have a few books on our self that could be summed up by these words, and for me, that’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I only just finished reading this book, but it was raining the whole time I read it, and that really added to the whole quirky feel of the book. The rain and storm and mud within the book suits the sound of rain splattering against the window. Also, the discovering of this brand new world is a lovely pick-me up on a dark day that sits amidst a summer of bright ones.
3. The Mystery —- I love to read something like Agathe Christie when it is raining. There is something about the haunting quality and gripping mystery that suits dark days, the sound of rain and cold atmosphere of a stormy day makes me become more absorbed into a book like an Agathe Christie because it adds to the chill of the murder.
4. The Bronte and the Dickens —- Their books were just made for rainy days. Great Expectations just NEEDS rain, and so does Jane Eyre. And don’t even get me started on Wuthering Heights. They are so much harder to read in the sun. So much harder to read. Just thinking about the cold, large, isolated houses needs some rain sounds.
5. The Comfort Book —- To me, this is books like Twilight and The Hunger Games, the books that got us into all that reading and I just remember reading them on rainy days, and so, to help me revisit those books, I feel like it has to also have rainy weather in the revisit.
Do you agree that these books just read better on rainy days? Are there any types that you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments, I would love to know!
Happy reading and book love from,