Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and now hosted by Sam (clik on their names to go to their youtube). I’ve been watching their videos for a while and finally decided to jump on this wagon hoping that this will make me talk more about books.
Today’s topic is top 5 rainy day reads. I like rainy days, especially in Spring or Autumn, when it’s not cold nor too hot and you can still enjoy a comfy sweater and a cup of tea. Rain also makes me extremely dreamy and melancholic, yet inspired so I kept this in mind while choosing the books:
1 – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslie Walton
I loved this book and it’s one of the titles I want to re-read in the near future. The story focuses on three generations of women dealing with love and loss. Despite this it has an heartwarming feeling, even though its filled with melancholy. I clung to every word of it, feeling and wishing with the characters while their stories unravelled page after page.
2 – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
If you think about the movie, maybe you’ll understand fully why this story visually reconnects with rainy days for me. However, Coraline is about adventure and courage, facing hard times and going on despite the obstacles. To me it symbolize that no matter how hard the storm hits, one can always find the courage in oneself to keep walking under the rain.
3 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
When outisde there’s an “English” weather, one of the best thing I can do is make a cup of tea and pick a Jane’s book. Pride & Prejudice makes me feel at home – I read it so many times I know it by heart, and it’s like coming back to old friends. I love Austen’s wit, I love how she made everyone believe she talked about love when she’s making a critic about the society of her time. I love how I can still spot new meanings and new things in her story, despite having read it more than a dozen times. I love that it has a soothing and relaxing effect on my poor nerves!
4 – Fairytales by Hans Christian Handersen
Or any other fairytale collection really, but this is the first one I fell in love with when I was young. I never read it from start to end, usually opened it randomly and started reading from there. Fairies live in that place between the worlds that sometimes seem to open up during rain. Water drops are like a curtain and sometimes it seem you see something behind, but it’s just an illusion. Or is it?
5 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
A rainy afternoon is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a different world and start a new adventure. This is another book that smells a bit like home: it’s comforting, in some way, even as the unexpected journey that it is. And rain is a bit comforting although it distresses you a bit, right?
What are your picks for a rainy day reading session? 🙂