Here’s What You Should Read On Those Rainy Days
And when you should specifically read them
We’re in that weird in-between that meshes summer with the rainy season, where we make plans for the night ahead and take it all back when the clouds start to gray. So for those instances you’d rather stay dry, cuddle in with a book and feel everything from happiness to disappointment and dread, we have you covered.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
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Victor and Eli discover that under the right conditions, near-death experiences can give individuals superhuman abilities. In his journey to unlock his, Victor accidentally kills Eli’s girlfriend. This makes Eli believe that everyone with power is evil and he starts on a crusade to kill them.
Perfect for: When you’re feeling vengeful.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
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The protagonist returns to his hometown for a funeral. While he’s there, he visits the home of a girl he knew growing up, named Lettie Hempstock. As he encounters Lettie’s family members, he starts to remember incidents from his past that he had forgotten. He remembers that Lettie used to say the river behind her house was actually the ocean and how her family once saved his life.
Perfect for: Those times you’re feeling nostalgic.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Eleanor Douglas is from a broken home with a drunk and physically abusive stepfather. Park Sheridan, an Asian boy who is smaller than he thinks he should be and is not very enthusiastic about martial arts. The two meet and connect; Park tries to make Eleanor’s life better and confesses his love. She refuses at first, but then reaches out to him when things hit rock bottom.
Perfect for: The moments you want to believe in love.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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When she was 11 years old, Taylor Markham was abandoned at a 7/11 on Jellicoe Road. By the time she is 17, she is the leader of the boarding school on that same road that made up her life. Her only adult influence is her mentor, Hannah, who lives in an unfinished house by the school and is always writing an unfinished book. At the height of the territory wars against other group of children, Hannah goes missing and Taylor must solve the mystery surrounding Hannah’s past, which runs parallel with her present.
Perfect for: When you want to piece a puzzle together.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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There is a group of four friends—JB, Malcolm, Jude and Willem—each with their own talents that share the same loyalty. While they’ve spent most of their lives with each other, the three hardly know anything about Jude’s past. They distrust his car accident excuse for his limp and question why he is always in long sleeves. The book takes readers to Jude’s tragic past, filled with severe abuse, mistreatment and stripping him of his humanity.
Perfect for: When you want to bury yourself in dread.
Grab a book, grab a cup of something hot and read to the rhythm of the rain.