Rainy Day Reading List

What can be more wonderful than curling up with a book on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea? I can’t think of anything because for once I love rains and I love books and I always appreciate a good cup of tea or coffee.

ReadingOnARainyDayThough I can’t predict when it will rain at your place, or I can’t really prepare a cup of coffee for everyone. But I can make a list of books that you can enjoy in rains. Oh! the charm of it, ahh.

I have curated a list(not exactly a list) for everyone and I believe you will like it.

By the way, what do you prefer reading on a rainy day?


Romance 

Classics

1. Jane Eyer by Charlotte Brontë

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“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”

 2. Wulthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

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Contemporary 

1. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

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“He took a step closer. “Think about it this way, Sidney. You have to walk down the aisle next to me
at this wedding. We’ll be in numerous photos together—photos that the entire Sinclair family will
look at for years to come. If my job as a groomsman is to complement you, do you really want to put
your faith in whatever I might come up with?”
She considered this for a moment.
“Let me just grab my purse.”

2. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

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“Alexander, were you looking for me?”
“All my life.”

3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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“How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”


Psychological Thriller 

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1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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“A lot of people lacked that gift: knowing when to fuck off.”

3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

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“This world can only give me reminders of what I don’t have, can never have, didn’t have for long enough.”


Crime/Mystery 

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1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by  Arthur Conan Doyle

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the duncoloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material?”

2. And Then They Were None by Agatha Christie

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“The amount of missing girls I’ve had to trace and their family and their friends always say the same thing. ‘She was a bright and affectionate disposition and had no men friends’. That’s never true. It’s unnatural. Girls ought to have men friends. If not, then there’s something wrong about them….”


Classics

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by  Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about.”

3. A Room with a View by E.M Foster

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“When we were only acquaintances, you let me be myself, but now you’re always protecting me… I won’t be protected. I will choose for myself what is ladylike and right. To shield me is an insult. Can’t I be trusted to face the truth but I must get it second-hand through you? A woman’s place!”

4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”


Children/Teenagers

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1. Little Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

2. Inkheart by  Cornelia Funke

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“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

3. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

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“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”


Teenage Girls

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Series

1. Shiver Trilogy  by Maggie Stiefvater

“I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.”

2. I heart Series by Lindsey Kelk

“Sometimes we get so used to not really feeling anything, just going with the flow, that we forget how it feels to be really happy or sad.”

Young Adult

1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

Paranormal Romance

1. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

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“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.”


Dystopian

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1. Never Let Me Go by  Kazuo Ishiguro

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“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”


I hope you enjoy them and the rainy day!

So, What do you prefer reading on a rainy day?

Happy Reading!

Book Review : The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“He’s a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”

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My Rating : *4.5 Stars*

Review:

Well I would say I loved this book, really loved it and why I loved it maybe because I consider myself a wallflower, maybe, maybe I’m. Yes, I’m!

I completed this book today itself, so it’s still fresh in my mind and again I literally loved it.

When I started reading it, to me Charlie’s character was so much relatable, not in a way that I did drugs, or smoked or because I got free books from my teacher(because I’m autistic, no I’m not, talking about free books I don’t even get them on my birthdays, poor me :/) or not even that I saw people having sex in front of me when I was 15, no, not really. No such opportunities I came across.

But what I thought was relatable to me, were his thoughts, they were so pure, true, and unadulterated and then this book had these situations that we all might have come across during the time when we were growing up, when we were exploring things, trying to fit in and developing, that made me like this book so much. 

This book speaks to people and I was amazed while reading this book, that how often I had same thoughts, I liked how writer talked about every possible sphere of teenagers life: family drama, friends, first date, first kiss, complicated relationships, fights, not being honest about feelings, then hurting people, loving people, siblings(their love, hate relationship), parent’s family, cousins, teachers, university, cheating, masturbation, sex, drugs,getting stoned, football, graduation, books, movies, songs…what not, everything.

I liked the character of Charlie, such a sweet boy, and I liked how he improves throughout the book, learns to write more skillfully and how he was always there for his friends, I liked it, a lot and then how he noticed everything about everything, how he was good at listening to people and then how he had so many questions to ask, all the time, so many thoughts, how much he loved his family. I liked that he made tapes for people,made tapes according to mood, how he gifted people the things that mattered to them the most and how he put those complicated thoughts into words(yes,I know the writer did) but seriously I liked everything.

I liked his friends as well, good people. Like it happens in the case of friendships, here as well there was this downfall, but then there was love between these people, which brought them closer and stronger than before.

The reason I liked this book so much, because it was about a wallflower, an outsider, which I always consider myself since my childhood. And this book got me, it actually touched me in a very subtle way, that I can’t explain.

I also liked how music, and books were well discussed. I love reading, I love making tapes according to moods and seasons and well all this was there in the book and I appreciated it a lot.

I even got a playlist, these are the songs they talked about. 😀

Landslide by Oh Wonder

Asleep by The Smiths

Blackbird  by The Beatles

MLK by U2

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (Okay this was actually the landslide song, charlie talked about, but I liked the above one as well :P)

Gypsy  by Suzanne Vega

Daydreams by The Smashing Pumpkins

Dusk by Genesis

Time of No Reply  by Nick Drake

Nights in White Satin  by The Moody

Dear Prudence by The Beatles

Vapour Trail by Ride

Scarborough Fair  by Simon and Garfunkel (I just feel this song is quiet dark)

The Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum


There are also few quotes that I really liked!

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset.”

“I just need to know that someone out there listens and understand and doesn’t try to sleep with someone even if they could have. I need to know these people exist.”

“I just want you to know that you’re very special…and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.”

“It’s just hard to see a friend hurt this much. Especially when you can’t do anything except ‘be there’. I just want to make him stop from hurting, but I can’t. So I just follow him around whenever he wants to show me his world.”

“I put head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”

 And there are many more…


In the end I would say, I enjoyed it and by the time I finished it, I felt infinite. I really did 😉

I recommend everyone to read this book!

Happy Reading!