10 Books to Add To Your Ultimate Rainy Day Reading List
Featuring books we guarantee you won’t be able to put down—not even to check your phone
At what life stage exactly does a quiet evening at home appeal to a millennial more than a night out with friends? We’re not quite sure ourselves, but time away from the social scene has become a guilty pleasure, and with a book in hand, a wonderful new indulgence.
Let’s call a spade a spade: rainy days just make us want stay in, have a hot cup of coffee and cozy up like we’re ready to hibernate. But while we’re still up for nights that are worthwhile, we’ve got a killer 2016 reading list to keep us company in the meantime. So should you need an alternative to your weekend at the Palace, like a much-needed alone time, take one of these books off the shelf and dive in.
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
FILED UNDER: Refreshing New Novel
SOMETHING EXTRA: This is Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years
"[A] startling and urgent novel. . .There are scenes so sad and so funny and so wry that I texted a friend repeatedly as I was reading it, just to say “goodness me!”. . .The soul, if you will, of this novel is not in its technique, but in its soulfulness. It is a novel about why we love and how we love, and how we might stop loving. It is humane in that no character is a caricature. Foer has become the novelist we deserve. . .[He has] stretched and expanded the possibilities of the novel without losing either intellectual integrity or emotional honesty. Here I Am is not just bold, it is brave . . .That this book is not on the Man Booker shortlist is nothing short of a disgrace: it will be remembered when all the second-rate crime fiction and dinner party novels are long forgotten.”―Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman (UK)
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
FILED UNDER: New Must-Read Memoir
“Shoe Dog is a great American story about luck, grit, know-how and the magic alchemy of a handful of eccentric characters who came together to build Nike. That it happened at all is a miracle, because as I learned from this book, though we are a nation that extols free enterprise, we also excel at thwarting it. This is Phil Knight, one on one, no holds barred. The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
You’ll Grow out of It by Jessi Klein
FILED UNDER: Hilarious
"Is it really a surprise that comedian Jessi Klein, head writer and executive producer for Inside Amy Schumer, would write a book of personal essays brimming with sharp observations and insights, and poignant recollections but that above all is very, very funny?...We guarantee that this book will quickly become one of your summer favorites."―Entertainment Weekly
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
FILED UNDER: Classic
SOMETHING EXTRA: Maya Angelou’s autobiography was nominated for a National Book Award
“The caged bird "sings of freedom," writes Maya Angelou in her poem Caged Bird—a poignant recurring image throughout her work, as she eloquently explores the struggle to become liberated from the shackles of racism and misogyny. This evocative first volume of her six books of autobiography, originally published in 1969 (1984 in the UK), vividly depicts Angelou's "tender years" from the ages of three to 16, partly in the American south during the depression-wracked 1930s, while also offering timeless insights into the empowering quality of books.”―Anita Sethi, The Guardian
Originals by Adam Grant
FILED UNDER: Invaluable Insight
“Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.”—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In. Read the next five.