Dreary Day Reads: Books for Rainy Days

Hello, friends! 

The days are getting darker. It’s dark when I leave for work and the evenings are getting darker and colder too. No more strolling around the neighbourhood while the sun sets or going for ice cream late at night.

Right now, whe weather is okay where I live, but they’ve forecast a lot of rain for the end of the week. And since I live in a country where it raines quite often, I thought I’d share my favourite books to read on dreary days.

I love to pick up any one of these books and curl up in bed with a blanket and a box of chocolates in reach.

  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: because it’s very bleak and it’s about the end of the world (kind of) and, somehow, reading this book on a sunny day doesn’t feel right.
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: because you get to escape your own (dreary) world and immerse yourself into a wonderfully, magical one. Any of the HP are good but if I had to choose, I’d probably pick Prisoner of Azkaban because it’s my favourite or the Half-Blood Prince because it’s a bit darker and because I remember it was raining and there was a thunder storm when I got the part where a certain someone dies. It’s stuck by me as a “rainy day book” ever since.
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera or any other Silvera book: because you can go outside afterward and let the rain wash away your tears.
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus: because who doesn’t love a good mystery on a rainy day?
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: because it’s a beautifully written book about the lives of a blind French girl and a Germany boy / soldier during WWII. The prose is stunning and the story captivating. You won’t want to put this one done before you’ve reached the last page.
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: because it transports your rainy day to another time and place. No one knows how to write dreary settings and lives better than Charles Dickens.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte: because a rainy day is perfect for a dark, gothic novel like Wuthering Heights. You’ll find very little happiness in this book but the storylines are captivating and the descriptions of the moors and the English countryside in general are beautiful and mesmerizing.

Would / Do you like to read any of these books on a rainy day? Which are your own favourites? Let me know in the comments!

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15 Books I HAVE to Read

Happy Monday!

How is everyone doing? I’m doing pretty well because I have another week off from work and the weather is okay for the moment (they said it was going to rain all week so fingers crossed they’re wrong!) Yesterday, I also had a lovely and fun evening with friends (real life friends, not the TV show) and there’s a new Game of Thrones episode out so my spirits are very high this fine Monday.

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This is how I felt this morning

But before I go on with my day, I’d like to talk about my bookish bucket list.

I know what you’re thinking: “Lauren, isn’t a bucket list the same thing as a TBR?” And to that I say, no.

For me, a TBR is a list of books you’re planning to read soon-ish. You add books, you delete books you’re no longer interested in, etc. In other words, the list can be changed. A bucket list is a list of books I HAVE to read someday. Tomorrow. Next month. Next year. Next decade. I don’t care. I have to read them before I die (excuse the melodrama). There’s no negotiating with this list. Another difference for me is that my TBR mainly consists of contemporary YA books whereas my bucket list has a mixture of classics, non-fiction, and even some poetry. 

I’m giving you a sneak peek of fifteen titles and five poets.

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  1. Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  9. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Non-fiction

  1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X
  4. Here we Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
  5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

poets

  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Sylvia Plath
  3. Robert Frost
  4. Maya Angelou
  5. e.e. Cummings

Do you have a bookish bucket list? If so, which books do you want to read? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Books I’d Want on a Desert Island

Choosing which books and, more importantly, how many to take with me on holiday is probably the hardest thing about packing my suitcase (#bookwormproblems). Especially when I’m only taking ONE small suitcase that’s supposed to fit in the overhead compartment. Now, if I put in all my clothes, shoes, and essentials, there’s not a whole lot of room for books. Which means I’m going to have to make a decision: I’ll have to leave some home.

This got me thinking. What if someone told me I was going to a desert island and I was only allowed to bring 5 books? I thought it would be fun for you to see which ones I’d choose, so here are my answers.

First of all, let’s get one thing straight. I hate myself for doing this because it’s nearly impossible. I can’t even take all the Harry Potters and to separate them is, like, committing a crime or something. In which case I’m a criminal because I’m going to. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Here are the five books I’d take with me…

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: if I HAD to choose, I’d choose the Prisoner of Azkaban to take with me. Why? I’m not sure. I’m not saying this is my favourite Harry Potter book (I’m not sure which ones is) but it is my favourite movie out of all of them. I’m thinking if I read this one, it would be easy to picture the movie in my head so I get to enjoy both book and movie and the same time. Clever, no?
  2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: this one doesn’t need any explanation. You all know this is one of my favourite YA books of all time, so there was no doubt in my mind I HAD to take it with me on a desert island.
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green: John is one of my favourite authors and Looking for Alaska is what got me into reading (and writing!) contemporary YA so there’s no way I’m leaving this one behind.
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: if I’m stuck on a desert island, I’m going to need me some Mr Darcy. Enough said.
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: it’s a timeless classic that everyone should read at least once in their life. Scout is a real gem (see what I did there? no?) which makes for a very entertaining narrator.

Honourable mentions: 

  1. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  2. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  3. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Do you like my choices? Which books would you take?

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