I don’t know about you, but I happen to love autumn. Some people find it a dreary season, but there are many things to like — the ever-changing colours of nature, putting on warm and comfortable clothes, warming your hands on a hot beverage. But the best thing about it is probably the weather.
You may be raising your eyebrow at that, but I love rain. I love how soothing the constant pitter-pattering is on the window, I love the romantic notion of it, but most of all, I love that it’s the perfect inside weather. It’s the perfect excuse to just sit inside and read all day.
And for a rainy day, you’re going to need a few things to keep you warm. Like a pair of fuzzy socks. Like a furry companion to keep your lap or feet warm. Like a cup of tea or coffee or hot chocolate. Like a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A story that will make you smile and gush and swoon; a story that will warm the icy cockles of your heart.
Here are, in my ever-so-humble opinion, ten books perfect for those rainy days.
Where Rainbows End || Also known as Love, Rosie. I read this book years ago and it was an instant favourite. Written solely through notes, e-mails, letters, and other forms of written communication, this tells the story of best friends Alex and Rosie, who fall hopelessly in love but keep awkwardly missing each other throughout their lives.
V is for Virgin || This is just one of those guilty-pleasure reads, with a “bad boy” love interest and a love/hate relationship. It’s funny, it’s sexy, and it tells an important message about how it’s okay not to have sex in high school, without it becoming preachy.
The Deal || Another one of those hate/love relationships — I kind of secretly love them. While the story was incredibly cheesy at times, Hannah and Garrett had such incredible chemistry and it had me laughing out loud on several occasions.
Eyes Like Stars || Quite simply a magical read. It’s set in a theatre and the characters are people from known plays, but with a fantastical twist to it. It’s quite a sweet story, about Bertie trying to find herself in this world, but also one to make you smile and laugh a lot.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society || This one came to me by accident; it was a present from my grandmother to my mother, and I sort of just picked it up and started reading. I didn’t really expect to like this, because it’s a war book, but it’s also told through letters and it shows a whole different side of the war: the side that creates everlasting friendships. Really cute and heart-warming.
Three Amazing Things About You || Jill’s books give me a Love Actually feeling by following several story-lines and having them all intertwine one way or another. This one in particular had all the right components for a fuzzy read: sickeningly cute romance, beautiful characters, and a story you won’t be able to forget.
One Million Lovely Letters || This book tells the story of Jodi, who became house bound after some really nasty tick bite results. One day, she decided to open a website and write supportive and kind letters to anyone who needs some uplifting words. She’s still doing this today.
Harry Potter || Sorry not sorry. If there’s anything that’ll make you forget about a dreary day, it’s Harry Potter.
On the Fence || A very cute and quick read, one which I’d actually pegged as one of those typical “summer reads”, but that might actually be a good thing. It’s bound to make you feel warm and summery, if that’s what you’re looking for.
A Girl Like You || This is, hands down, the best chicklit I’ve ever read — it’s an absolute favourite of mine and one that makes me laugh time and time again. I recommend this to anyone who’ll listen to me.
What are your rainy day reads?