The whole water-falling-from-the-sky thing is almost a foreign concept here in Southern California, land of dead grass, wildfires, and brand-new “drought-resistant” rock lawns. It’s making me nostalgic for rain – come on, El Niñ0! – and the rainy days when I can curl up by the window with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book. I love rain. I love the sound it makes as it hits the windowpanes. And I even love the clean, gray quality it gives everything. And since I can’t have snow, I want rain. I honestly wouldn’t be upset if it rained for a month straight.
That said, it actually rained this week! For about five minutes, but still. It actually rained! And since I shared my Favorite Fall Reads a week or two ago, I thought I’d do a post on my favorite rainy day reads. Now, I think all of my fall reads would make great rainy day reads (so be sure to check out that list, too), but I thought I’d challenge myself a bit and pick a completely different set of books. I think rainy days are the perfect opportunity for a nostalgic read, so I’ve chosen some of my childhood favorites.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
- A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Grimms Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
- Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The person who deserves the most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read. – Benjamin Franklin
What’s your favorite rainy day read?