On those horrible rainy days (which I seem to get a lot of since I live in Scotland) we just want a cute little feel good book to read, maybe set in the sun? Well, I do anyway and I will be sharing my Top 5 Rainy Day Reads with you today 🙂 Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, if you’d like to find out more, come join our Goodreads group!
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is a story about a girl named Anna, who is going to study abroad in Paris during her last year of high school. It follows her though making friends, trying to translate things from French to English, boyfriend trouble from back home and some new boy drama in Paris. This is one of those fluffy reads which you can fly through super quickly and it’ll make you feel all gooey inside (who doesn’t want to feel gooey inside sometimes???). To be honest, you could also choose to read Lola or Isla as well on those horrible rainy days because they’re all equally cute and great, but I’ll always opt for Anna because this one is my fave. Highly recommend!
2. Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
This one actually feels a lot like Anna – different premise, but similar gooey feelings at times (thumbs up from me). It follows a girl named Eden who is going to live with her dad in Santa Monica over the summer. However, when she arrives there she realises that the ‘step brothers’ she’s been hearing about are actually around the same age she is and one in particular catches her eye. If you’re up for a little bit of family drama and forbidden love, along with a very addictive storyline, then this is definitely the story for you! It’s also easy to fly through so perfect for a rainy day reading 🙂
3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I feel like I really had to include Eleanor and Park in this post because of its undying cuteness and adorableness. This is a dual-POV book in which a girl named Eleanor and a boy called Park meet sitting on the bus to school each day. They start talking and sharing comic books and talking about music and… AHA! No spoilers in this post XD If you want to know what happens next you’ll need to give it a wee read (I highly suggest you do, this is serious swoon worthy material whilst also reflecting real life characters and situations). I actually haven’t read this since early 2014, will definitely need to reread it at some point in the future!
PS. The last two books on this list are a little more whacky and fun, in case you’re in the mood for a good laugh to brighten your day 🙂
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I absolutely love this book. I gave it five stars back in the day and stand by that completely. This is a story about Junior, a teen living on an Indian reservation. Junior is a bright kid, and because the schools in the reservation aren’t great, he begs his parents to let him go to a school in the next town over (I believe it is an all white Christian school or something like that ((pls don’t quote me))). This novel follows his feelings of not really knowing where he belongs or fits in. I’m making this sound all doom and gloom but the narrative is absolutely hysterical. Junior’s outlook on life is highly laughable and he even makes serious-ish issues seem light hearted. This is a definite must read for everyone but especially for those of you who need a little light in your life on those horrible gloomy days!
5. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
This is a bit of a random choice. Well, maybe random isn’t the right word. I shall explain; I’m not over the top crazy about this book and I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t be reading it again – but it was entertaining. It’s about a nerdy kid named Zak who gets roped into representing his school at an academic event when he should be at his favourite convention of all time – Washingcon (is this really a thing? because it has a wonderful name). Anyway, he ends up breaking away from the school event to go to Washingcon and a girl named Ana ends up going along with him. This whole story takes place pretty much in the space of twenty four hours and follows all of the craziness of the con. It sounds random and that’s because this is. I’d pretty much only recommend this to those of you who enjoy a lot of sci-fi and other nerdy goodness because there are a lot of references which make the book hella funny and enjoyable. Also a super light and easy read!
I hope you enjoyed this list and pick one of these books to read the next time the weather is being a pain in the ass. Until my next post, thank you for reading! 🙂