The best books that books for a rainy day
Here are some reader suggestions of novels to pick up on a rainy day or when you have a free moment to get lost in a book. Some are taken from the classics but there are also some more contemporary books on the list.
Silas Marner-George Eliot
Yes, the book is a little big but the story will suck you into its very detailed settings and will show you a different kind of love story.
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz
This book has everything in it-sans kitchen sick: a modern day love story that may or may not have a happy ending, sci-fi action, history, violence, and glorious flashbacks that will take pull alongside the narrator.
Northanger Abbey-Jane Austen
Looking for a Jane Austen novel, but getting kind of sick of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility? This is the book that you should pick up, it has mystery and love...what more could a girl ask for.
The New York Trilogy- Paul Auster
A modern day noir novel written with a post-modern twist. This contemporary series is a quick read, however since it is filled with intricate details and subliminal hints you will want to read it over and over again.
A Separate Peace- John Knowles
Yes, this book is something that most of us had to read when we were in school, but I encourage you to go back and read it again. This coming-of-age novel was relevant back then and would be still relevent now
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
The movie was great, but if you haven't read this book then you are missing out on a grand experience. The characters are real, the spaces are described in vivid detail and everbody who reads this has related to one, if not all, of the main characters once in their life. Plus, it references some great music
Player Piano- Kurt Vonnegut
Understanding that Player Piano is not the best out of Vonnegut's work I am still highly recommending that this book be read at least once. This was his first true novel ( previously he wrote only short stories) and you can tell that he has yet to really get his flow working in the book, but the core emotions, the true sentiment, is still there and honestly that is what truly matters. The book is not fancy and it does not sugar coat and I strongly encourage you to pick this up and read a novel that has influenced most current science-fictions writers.
The Harry Potter Seriers- J.K. Rowling
One of the most well known books series currently, and probably in history, should be read. Just because a book is popular does not mean that it does not have technical value. Harry Potter can be read on so many levels: you can read it just to enjoy the whimsical world that Rowling depicts for us or you can read it on a deeper level and see how hate, genocide, and willful ignorance are met head-on by those who might not be considered as the "hero" type.
The Secret Garden- Francis Hodgson Burnett
This is a guility pleasure of mine, so I had to place it on this list. This was one of the first books I read on my own and I love the story. As I grew up, and pick up on what was really going on in the book, I loved it even more. The story of acceptance and learning to love is something that never gets old and it is always great to come back and read this story every year.
The Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien
This trilogy is not something to read over a weekend, certainly, but it is worth putting forth the time to take it on. This is the end product of an author who had a great story to tell; Tolkien incorporated ideas coming from Beowulf in the past and placed them side by side with the modern notions forest conservation and climate change. He spun tails with such great detail that the movies run a poor second to the picture that you get when you read the books.
If you are a weekend warrior looking to pick-up a quick read I would not suggest starting off with Tolkien, I would ease into a little bit and go for something more contemporary like The New York Trilogy or The Brief Wonderous life of Oscar Wao, their writing style are easy to comprehend and there stories move quickly, so much so that you will submerse yourself into the plot and lose track of time.