Good books for a rainy day

As the weather really has no choice but to be wet today (pretty much around the country – go figure!), there is yet to be a nicer way to pass a rainy morning or afternoon than with tea and a good book. Here’s ten of our favourite rainy day reads…

Tomorrow, When the War Began | John Marsden

Ellie and her friends take a week out of the summer holidays to go camping, but when they return from the wilds, Australia has been invaded and the teens must fight for their lives and freedom. The first book in the Tomorrow series is full of action and romance as the group must be resourceful and strong to stay alive.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Lewis Carol

Young Alice follows a rabbit into the crazy, upside down world of Wonderland – where Rabbits have watches, Ravens are like writing desks and the tea party never stops (moving). This book is full of absurd humour and is a true classic. It’s good to read on a rainy afternoon, as you have plenty of time to debate if Lewis Carol was referencing drugs or mathematics.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | JK Rowling

Harry’s third year at Hogwarts is not off to a good start – he’s nearly been expelled and is the target of an escaped mass murderer. This is one of the best Harry Potter books, with plenty of magic and Quidditch as the steps towards Lord Voldemort’s resurrection are advanced and people are not what they seem.

Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

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Lizzie Bennett is headstrong and independent, but her family has limited money, and their only hope for her and her sisters is a good marriage. At a ball she meets Mr Darcy, who she instantly dislikes for his arrogance and contempt. His Pride and her Prejudice clash in a rocky road to true love. This is Austen’s best novel of sparkling wit and romance.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | CS Lewis

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, evacuated from London and living in an old house during the Second World War, discover a wardrobe that leads to the magical land of Narnia that has been under the curse of an evil queen for hundreds of years. CS Lewis’ novel is stunning, with beautiful description and adventure that is perfect to curl up with a good cup of tea.

The Phantom of the Opera | Gatson Leroux

You’re probably familiar with the musical but I promise the original novel is much creepier, doesn’t contain any solo love songs and is compact enough to fit into a rainy day. A beautiful young chorus girl in the Paris Opera is stalked by a phantom, an outcast who lives in the bowels of the Opera House and torments all who live and work inside it.

Bossypants | Tina Fey

Outside it may be raining, but Tina Fey writer and creator of TV series 30 rock and the movie Mean Girls, is a comedic genius with an awesome life story, no nonsense attitude and deep insight. I honestly have never laughed so much over a book as I have with Bossypants.  

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The Great Gastby | F Scott Fitzgerald

The brevity of this novel makes it easy to fit into a dreary afternoon. The rich and mysterious Jay Gatsby tries to recapture lost time and the love of his life Daisy Buchanan in a whirlwhind of 1920s glamour and heartache. There are a few differing perspectives on the blog that can be read here.

The Fault in Our Stars | John Green

Hazel and Augustus are star crossed lovers who vow to make the most of their last days, falling in love along the way. This book is incredible, heartbreaking and beautifully written, you can read an in depth review here.

Nigellissima | Nigella Lawson

When it’s cold there’s nothing nicer than curling up with a good cookbook and planning delicious meals. Nigellissima is Nigella’s latest recipe book filled with beautiful Italian dishes from ragu and risotto to Italian apple pie.

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