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Five Great Rainy Day Reads

Updated on July 23, 2013

Rainy Day Reads

Here is a list of my 5 favorite books to read during a rainy day. The mystery and magic within books are emphasized by the rain and a hot cup of tea. So pick your favorite, grab a blanket, and enjoy that rainy afternoon.

1. Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Rainy days set the perfect mood for Kearsley's Shadowy Horses. Set in Northern Scotland, the story follows Verity Grey as she goes on an archaeological dig for the infamous lost Roman legion. There is romance, history, a ghost, and bits of magic. Kerasley adds just the right amount of the paranormal to make this story have the feeling of a ghost story without feeling ghoulish.

2. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca is one of those books that stick with you after you finish it. There is mystery, suspense, a young woman looking for her place, and of course romance. The story centers around the unnamed new wife of Maxim de Winter, who is struggling living at Manderley has Rebecca (Mr. De Winter's late wife) seems to still hold power over the servants and visitors. Du Maurier keeps the reader guessing in suspense about Rebecca's life and death, and how it affects the residents at Manderley. Rebecca is a Gothic novel that is perfect for a rainy day. If you don't feel like reading it there is always the 1940 black and white movie.

Rebecca Trailer (1940 Alfred Hitchcock)


3. The Thirteenth Tale by Daine Setterfield

Another great gothic story that involves old famous writer haunted by the ghosts and lies of her past. As she ages, Vida Winter wants her own story written out for the world to know, so she hires Maragret, a young biographer, with her own ghosts that she carries. As Vida confides in Margaret she learns the authors dark past and how it inspired her to write her best selling novels. Set in an old estate in Yorkshire Setterfield takes the young biographer through damaged pasts and new beginnings that mimic the gothic novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre.

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

A Shadow in the Wind is one of my favorite gothic novels. It has everything romance, suspense, betrayal, death, and even a cemetery of forgotten books. I came across this book when I was traveling in Italy, and actually missed my train stop I was so engrossed in Zafron's story. It takes place in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. It follows the story of a bookkeeper's son, Daniel Sempre, as he tries to find the author of the book he picked out of the cemetery. As Daniel wonders around Barcelona he uncovers mysteries about the author, makes enemies, and even falls in love.

5. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Southern charm, a curse, and magical realism: What more could you ask for in a rainy day read? Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors. The Girl who Chased the Moon is a great mystery story with young romance and a hint of magical realism that breathes new life into a small town in North Carolina. The story follows a young girl whose mother just passed away, and she is forced to live with her giant grandfather in a small town in North Carolina. As she encounters the riddle of her mother's life she meets the interesting town people who either welcome her or keep her at a distance. Combining elements of fairies tales, Allen truly creates a magical story.



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      Katie 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thanks :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for these reviews. Voting up and looking forward to many more,