This weekend in Central Ohio is supposed to be rainy–thunderstorm rainy. The perfect weather to snuggle up under a blanket with a good book. I thought I put together a list of books that say rainy day to me.
Eight Great Rainy Day Reads
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Set in 1972, this is the story of a young girl on a quest to find her diplomat father whose gone missing. It doesn’t take long though, for the search for her father to turn into a search for Dracula. Story lines criss-cross back and forth through time and the characters traverse darker parts of Eastern Europe, giving readers a spectacularly spooky story within a mystery all wrapped up in a history lesson.
Middlemarch by George Eliot. Set in a 19th century English village, this is said to be the best novel ever written in the English language. This book is a look inside of the lives in Middlemarch, dissecting marriages and families in a most delightful fashion. Easily engrossing, this classic can get you through any rainy day, and then some.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I haven’t watched the series yet (I hear it is fantastic), but I know this book (and the series) is another multi-layered wonder. Set alternatively in post World War II and 18th century Scotland, this book spans many genres. Time-travel, romance, history, and adventure add up to a great read.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The first book in The All Souls Trilogy, this is one of my all-time favorite series. Another great story that defies classification; it’s supernatural, mysterious, scientific, and romance-y. As the series continues, history and time travel come into play in wonderful ways. Harkness is a treasure.
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens. The author’s backstory is almost as interesting as her novels: Raised in the The Children of God cult, Stevens was denied anything beyond a 6th grade education and was forced to either beg or do menial labor for the cult. Despite all of this, Taylor became an an author and created a wonderfully dysfunctional character in Vanessa Michael Munroe, a tough, brilliant woman unable to form real relationships, but able to use her skills and history (similar but very different to Stevens) to find out anything in the world, but especially in Africa. When she’s hired to find a billionaire’s daughter who disappeared in Africa, Munroe is forced to face her past in order to save herself and those around her. Wonderfully riveting and totally kick-ass!
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault. A literary mystery set in the offices of a publishing company, editorial assistant Billy Webb is working on the next edition of a dictionary when he meets Mona Minot. Mona finds a series of mysterious notes hinting at a mystery behind the publishing company, and maybe a murder. The two set out to solve the mystery, but the mystery of the company, and themselves, continues to grow.
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. When spoiled Madeline Hyde follows her disgraced husband Ellis and his best friend Hank to Scotland during World War II in search of the Loch Ness Monster, she learns more about herself and real life than she ever bargained. Part love story, part mystery, this one is hard to put down.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. If you haven’t read this literary wonder, get on it! After Jacob’s grandfather dies, he journeys to the small Welsh town where his grandfather lived only to discover that his grandfather’s bizarre stories and weird pictures were real, and that the children in that picture are alive, although the villagers claim they died years ago. Imaginative, wonderful, bizarre, and fun-and a great rainy day read!
So, that’s my list. Many are set in wetter climates, and most are book one of a series. All well worth starting on a wet, rainy day! Enjoy!