Time has never passed more slowly than it has this week. With annoying persistence, the alarm blared at 6:00 a.m. on the dot, as it does every weekday morning. Bleary eyed, I checked my phone. Seeing that it was only Wednesday, I flung my head back on the pillow with more than a bit of dramatic desperation. Isn’t this week over yet? But then I heard it. Rain. Gentle, lovely rain tapping at the windows.
Suddenly, Wednesday was no longer an interminably long hurdle to leap in the race for the alarm clock-free weekend, but a glorious opportunity to indulge in my favorite rainy day activity: curling up with a good book. I quickly decided to eschew my lengthy list of errands. With new found vigor, I hopped out of bed, showered, and moved quickly through my list of household to-dos so I could get on to more pressing matters, namely, choosing which book to spend the day with.
Comfy pants and cozy socks: check! Piping hot drink and dog nestled lovingly at my feet: check! Just the right book taken down from the shelf: CHECK! Everything is in place for a lovely day of reading. Today’s selection, When Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, is the latest installment in my beloved Flavia DeLuce series by Alan Bradley. I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to dive into this one, and today has been deemed the lucky day!
I know I can’t be alone out there, so I thought I’d put together a list of some of my other go-to rainy day books to help get you through the week.
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley I cannot say enough good things about this series. Dark, witty, intelligent and charming, it’s everything you could ask for in a classic whodunnit. If you’ve never read any of Alan Bradley’s books, start here, especially on a rainy day when the gloom outside will really add to the effect.
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde The first in a series by my all-time favorite author, Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair (and the entire Thursday Next series, for that matter) is one of the most original things out there. A quirky, funny book about books with a bit of mystery and a ton of imagination thrown in for good measure, there’s no better way to escape on a rainy day than into the amazing world created by Fforde.
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Speaking of books about books, I’d be remiss if I didn’t add this lovely one to the list. Set in a little independent bookstore, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is all about books and the people they connect. It’s completely endearing and one that I reach for time and time again.
Well there you have it — a little literary boost to get you through to the week. Just think, tomorrow is Thursday, with Friday just peeping over the horizon. Curl up with one of these great reads, and the weekend will be here before you know it!
How about you? What are your go-to books for a rainy day? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
Until then, happy reading!
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