16 Perfect Books to Curl Up with on a Rainy Day

Posted by Hayley on April 09, 2016

Storms don't bother us. As long as we have a book in hand and a hot beverage nearby, we're in reading paradise. Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's the perfect book to read on a rainy day? Your top answers are below!


American Gods
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Spellbinder
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Cold Sassy Tree
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Wuthering Heights
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The Thirteenth Tale
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Little Women
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And Then There Were None
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The Sword of Shannara
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The Secret of the Old Clock
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The Woman in Black
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Man's Searching for Meaning
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The Secret Garden
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The Last Time We Say Goodbye
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My Man Jeeves
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Hopeless
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The Bad Beginning
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What's your quintessential rainy day read? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: Becoming Jane)

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message 1: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Whatever I happen to be reading at the time.
There are some fantastic books which I have read which would be perfect for a rainy day.Unfortunately I don't have time to re read my books. I have kept them all and hope one day I will get chance to read them again, whatever the weather!!


message 2: by Becci (new)

Becci I agree with Caroline. Whatever I happen to be reading is good to read on a rainy day. However, I will say that during snowstorms I favor Stephen King's The Stand; and in the late spring/summer when it's too hot to go out, or the pollen count is crazy, I like Lord of the Rings.


message 3: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Reading some Paradise Lost myself.


message 4: by Erin (new)

Erin I like scary stories when its raining out- so I think Shadows of Dreams would be my suggestion. Three short thrillers. Of course I am biased.


message 5: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Balboni My pick would be The Night Circus. It is beautifully written and has a moody but romatic feel to it. I think it fits in perfectly with a rainy day. Though I am more likely to read whatever I am currently reading if I were to start something on a rainy day that would be a wonderful choice.


message 6: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate None of these.
Mine would be Stephanie plum books, iron druid books, vampire academy, and any meg cabot book.


message 7: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Cold "Sassy Tree. I read this a long time ago, but when I saw the title in this list, I remembered it fondly.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {quester in a cashier's body} Usually i read webcomics on rainy days XD I save strips up for a few weeks here and there, depending on the update schedule.
But as for actual books, Joe Hill's comic series Locke and Key and Madeleine Roux's YA series Asylum would both be GREAT for rainy days. Completely engrossing.


message 9: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. I have read 5 of the 16 books.


message 10: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Normally I just work on whatever I happen to be reading at the time, but sometimes I'll re-read my favourite scenes from any Rick Riordan book I own!


message 11: by Samisha (new)

Samisha Sood How come 'pride and prejudice' is not in the list???


message 12: by WendyB (new)

WendyB I live on the desert. We never get rainy days here but if we did I'd probably be too busy staring out the window at the rain to remember to read.
In the fantasy of a rainy day, I'd probably read something by Wilkie Collins, maybe The Moonstone, or The Woman In White.


message 13: by Vanja (last edited Apr 09, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Vanja Šušnjar Čanković A Farewell to Arms


message 14: by Murray (new)

Murray Moore Crystal wrote: "My pick would be The Night Circus. It is beautifully written and has a moody but romatic feel to it. I think it fits in perfectly with a rainy day. Though I am more likely to read wh..."

Yes I think night circus would be a good choice also, along something wicked this way comes, and endless night by Agatha Christie


message 15: by Essannia (new)

Essannia Dahi WendyB wrote: "I live on the desert. We never get rainy days here but if we did I'd probably be too busy staring out the window at the rain to remember to read.
In the fantasy of a rainy day, I'd probably read so..."

I know exactly what you are talking, watching raining > reading


message 16: by Leigh (new)

Leigh When a Monster Calls would work well or The Night Gardener would be a good choice for a rainy day. It by Stephen King would also work as rain is integral to the plot.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I love mixing rain and reading.

Most of the time, in my living room I put on Rainymood.com and listen to it while I read. The phone app kind of sucks, but the computer website is excellent. I also play a 10 hr loop of the website on the Youtube if I use the TV to do it since they don't have a roku app.

I remember one time I sat on my raised porch outside when there was a bad storm. Rain was coming in three sides, so I had to sit in one corner where the rain wasn't reaching listening to it pouring down while I sipped some tea, cuddled with a small blanket and finished up Shutters Island. Was fun!


message 18: by Sam (new)

Sam Pride and Prejudice or The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.


Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥ Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, obviously!


message 20: by Hilary (new)

Hilary Elizabeth Von Arnim's 'The Enchanted April ' is a feel good, happy book. Ideal to read on a rainy day - especially an April one.


message 21: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C Cherry is a great book any day......


message 22: by grace :) (new)

grace :) Caroline wrote: "Whatever I happen to be reading at the time.
There are some fantastic books which I have read which would be perfect for a rainy day.Unfortunately I don't have time to re read my books. I have kep..."

Agreed.


message 23: by Noreen (last edited Apr 10, 2016 03:49PM) (new)

Noreen I usually just read what ever I am currently reading, but Stephen King's Duma Key would be a good one. Or maybe The Da Vinci Code.


message 24: by Axel (new)

Axel Wilson Nydén Harry Potter is a great anti-depressant! But Caroline—first comment—is right: whatever I’m currently reading.


message 25: by Kylie (new)

Kylie Gordon Whatever I am currently reading, or if I want to close off the dreary world then it has to be the Circle trilogy by Nora Roberts. Absolutely spellbinding and enchanting


message 26: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin What ever book I"m reading right now.


message 28: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn THE DARK IS RISING series by Susan Cooper, which starts with OVER SEA, UNDER STONE, is a fine choice for a rainy day or week; Madeleine L'Engle books, whether the Austin series, the Murrray-O'Keefes (A Wrinkle in Time, etc.), the Crosswicks Journals, novels marketed to adults or poetry, are all good reads; Cynthia Voigt's HOMECOMING books show courage, overcoming adversity, sibling loyalty in spite of adult betrayal, and joy even in hard times. They are all worth reading at any age.


message 31: by Tobeya (new)

Tobeya Ahanor While i may agree that readin "d" perfect novel while rain is falling could b mindblowin,i also think that there are other breathtakin ways to read a novel,like in the garden,close to an ocean view e.t.c


message 32: by Sandy (last edited Apr 11, 2016 10:57AM) (new)

Sandy If I had to wait for a rainy day to read any book, I wouldn't read. That would be awful. I leave in Arizona where we haven't had rain in 96 days. So, I read everyday and love it!

Update; I spoke too soon. It rained .12 of an inch here yesterday and I was reading...it was very nice.


message 33: by Brandi (new)

Brandi The Night Circus, yes! Also, The Cuckoo's Calling, Dracula, and The Phantom of the Opera are all great for stormy nights.


message 34: by Debra (new)

Debra Petersen I definitely think there are certain books I prefer to read at certain times of the year. I love to read Lord of the Rings in the fall time and around autumn/October, I love to read some classic 19th-century literature pieces like Turn of the Screw, Frankenstein, Paradise Lost (because of its connection with Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, Dracula, etc. During winter, I love to read Jane Austen works or something like Jane Eyre and during the summer, I prefer to keep it my reading to lighter books like biographies, science fiction, historical fiction, or modern lit. pieces.


message 35: by Grandmanel (new)

Grandmanel Anything by L.M. Montgomery. Favourites: A Tangled Web, Rainbow Valley and its sequel, Rilla of Ingleside. Not children's books!


message 36: by Wulfwyn (new)

Wulfwyn I live in the rainforest in Alaska. It's always raining and I'm always reading. For me rainy days are good for whatever book I am on. If I'm feeling down I turn to Anne of Green Gables.
Sandy I was down in Sierra Vista last year. Beautiful part of the country. Hope you get some rain soon!


message 37: by Anna (new)

Anna Hayward I love reading any fantasy that will really take me to the setting.

Right now I am loving Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo (Ruin and Rising) by Leigh Bardugo. I definitely recommend the Grisha Trilogy if you're craving fantasy!

I also totally agree with The Secret Garden being on the list. It seems like a perfect something to read on a rainy day!


message 38: by Ally (new)

Ally When I was reading Afterimage (In the company of shadows, #2) by Santino Hassell it felt totally wrong to do so when it wasn't raining. It just has that gloomy feeling to it that you associate with storms and thunder and is just generally perfect to read during rainstorms 'cuz it's 100% sad.


message 39: by Reading Faerie (new)

Reading Faerie Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, anything by Agatha Christie.


message 40: by Mindula (new)

Mindula Chulitha Queen of Babble trilogy by Meg Cabot.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Ash by James Herbert. ( my pic )
Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.


message 41: by Emma Ruth (new)

Emma Ruth Rainy days are the perfect time to re-read Harry Potter.


message 42: by Paula (new)

Paula I just came in from reading on my back patio while it was raining. My husband asked me what I was doing and I replied reading in the rain my favorite thing to do!!!


message 43: by Becka (new)

Becka Grieco I can read anything at all on a rainy day.


message 44: by Erika (new)

Erika all these amazing classics and then a colleen hoover book? are my eyes deceiving me? what a terrible rainy day.


message 45: by Saki3 (new)

Saki3 i can't give you an exact book because rain comes when it wants to.
so something good is fun. something with a dash of mystery, a dash of romance, a dash of adventure and a bit of supernatural or fantasy is all i need for a rainy day.


message 46: by Nostalgia Reader (new)

Nostalgia Reader Any of Tana French's books fit a rainy day perfectly!

Also, Picture of Dorian Gray has a perpetually rainy-Gothic feel to it.


message 47: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief', or John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' would be some good choices. But whatever book I'm reading at that moment would do just fine :)


message 48: by Rinji (new)

Rinji For me it is either whatever I am reading at the time or a good romance novel. I have always found rain to be romantic and I love the rain.


message 49: by Hallie (new)

Hallie ShannonHong wrote: "Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird', Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief', or John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' would be some good choices. But whatever book I'm reading at that moment would do jus..."

I agree with you.


message 50: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Personally I enjoy a good horror - Stephen King or Dean Koontz fit the bill, or a thriller. There's something about a storm raging outside, and the feeling you get when reading these types of books.


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