What to Read When: It’s Raining


Rainy days are some of my favorite days, and in Florida, we sure have a lot of them. When it’s raining, I want a book to curl up with–the longer, the better. In particular, I love books that are a little dark or sweeping or even (gasp!) atmospheric. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite go-to rainy day books.

Jane Eyre. This classic has to top the list. Jane Eyre is a Gothic classic, full of romance and drama and darkly supernatural events. Plus, it’s thick enough to get you through a few days of stormy weather.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane. If you want to go even darker, almost into scary territory, Neil Gaiman is for you. The Ocean offers up a magical, frightening world that will continually make you question what is real and what is imagined.

The Phantom Tollbooth. This is a favorite childhood book of mine, and its tales of magical lands and a young boy’s adventures there will capture your attention on any cloudy day.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I love this fun mystery series with its irascible young protagonist, Flavia. If you really get into it, there’s a whole series that will keep you occupied as long as the rain keeps up.

The Children’s Book. I actually didn’t enjoy this book very much when I read it; it’s a little too sweeping and dramatic. Still, it’s long and atmospheric and perfect for a rainy day.

The Magician’s Elephant. This book is so sweet, and the illustrations it’s filled with are beautiful. It’s a strange but cozy story for you or your kids.

Blackout and All Clear. I don’t think I need to say anything more than I said in my first review. These books clock in at over a thousand pages, and I only wish they could have been longer. They are sweet and sad and beautiful.

The Westing Game and Mr. Penumbra. I originally reviewed these books as a book pairing, and it’s still so fitting. They’re both a bit dark, a bit mysterious, and a ton of fun. You’ll want to take a whole afternoon to read them in one sitting.

The Story of Land and Sea. This book is the kind of atmospheric I can get behind. It’s beautifully written, and if you’re interested in dissecting themes and metaphors, this is rich territory for you.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. This book is beautiful, dark, and magical. It’s perfect for a rainy afternoon curled up on the couch.

What books do you reach for on a rainy day? Let me know in the comments!

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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