On the days when the air is cold, the skies are gray, and it’s hardest to get out of bed, there’s no better companion than a good book. Check out our rainy day picks, the stories we come running to when that first drop hits the ground, and share your own!

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smallerSmaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan

Recommended by Mats

These days, whenever it rains, I get transported back to Payatas, to that slippery mountain of refuse and eviscerated pubescent bodies. This gripping first novel of Batacan is perfect for indoor consumption, even though it wills you to brave the rain to locate the knife-wielding freak on the loose.


wonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

Recommended by Joana

On dark damp days, getting acquainted with a new fictional character can be the brightest spot of your day. Pick up Wonder by R.J. Palacio, turn the page, and get to know Auggie Pullman and his extraordinary face. As he starts 5th grade and discovers his own courage, Auggie reminds all of us to choose kindness, empathy, and friendship.


monsterA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Recommended by Ilia

Patrick Ness’s thunderously quiet story of loss, accompanied by Jim Kay’s visceral illustrations, makes A Monster Calls a must-read on any day—rainy or not. But the steady pitter-patter of rain on your roof might hush your heart into enough stillness that lets this story resonate even deeper than usual.


hatingThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Recommended by Abbie

My rainy day suggestion is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I love this very funny story of two people in the publishing industry who started out hating each other. You just want to snuggle during a rainy day with this book as you laugh and almost cry as they eventually learned more about each other, eventually falling in love, and ended up day dreaming about Joshua Templeman. Read the book to find out why.



The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin

Recommended by Ish

What better way to pass the time than by reading tales written by someone who’s experienced the same weather-related problems (or blessings, depending on one’s perspective). Released earlier this year, Penguin Classics’ version of The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic will be so captivating that you wouldn’t even notice that the rain has already stopped.


hectorHector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

Recommended by Cez

Feeling a little down because of the torrential downpour? Want to turn that frown upside down? Join Hector as he searches for the true meaning of happiness!



wickedSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Recommended by Loraine

The beauty of reading this classic and many other earlier great sci-fi/horror novels is the ability of author to clearly convey a compelling and fascinating story by using concise and exact use of words. Great tale about childhood, growing up, growing old, and getting scared by strange things like the “autumn people.” A must if you like scary carnivals. A bigger must if you like small town nostalgia. If you like Bradbury, it’s a requirement.


murderMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Recommended by Denise

A luxury train stranded in a snowdrift, a murder, 12 possible suspects.

I can think of no better way to spend a rainy day than with the inimitable Hercule Poirot. If you’ve never read an Agatha Christie mystery, there’s no better place to start than with Murder on the Orient Express.


magicM Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Recommended by Hannah

We never know how long these rainy days will last, so I like keeping short stories nearby. My go-to is Neil Gaiman’s M Is for Magic, which not only gives us strange yet engrossing adventures for when we have to stay indoors, but also holds my favorite short story of all time: “The Price.” Nothing like unexpected friendships and superb storytelling to keep us company on a cold, wet day.


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