Books for a rainy day

ReadingOnARainyDayThere is no doubt that winter is rapidly approaching.  Day turns into night much earlier than before. I leave home and I come home when it’s dark. I can also feel it in the air. Although I felt that we skipped autumn for the most part, I’m thoroughly excited that my favourite season,  winter, is finally upon us.

Winter is my favourite reading season.  The time when I use my leisure time exclusively for reading. However, just like my taste in fragrances evolves as seasons pass, so does my taste in books.  In winter, I generally gravitate towards cosy mysteries, stories with a gothic element to it, classics and emotional reads.

Below I’ve compiled a list of books I have read (and some have been reviewed) that I think would be perfect to add to your winter reading list:

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley is a recent read that I’ve reviewed. It’s a mystery novel that plays off in Britian and India. It’s about family secrets, betrayal and love. Although a lengthy novel, it’s utterly engrossing and atmospheric.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is another novel about WWII. It’s a beautiful story and quite an emotional read. This is definitely the type of book to inspire winter in your heart. I’m pretty sure it will serve up quite an amount of tears.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is my favourite classic. With a lengthy book like this one, you might end up spending the entire winter reading it (for those who read slowly), but this is an excellent tale of revenge.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. If you enjoy history, you will find this novel appealing. It blends fact with fiction. If you liked Dracula by Bram Stoker,  you’ll find this novel an interesting take on Dracula.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, The Shadow of The Wind being the first. The latter is one of my absolute favourite novels and although it has a gothic element to it, I find that The Angel’s Game were much darker, a more gothic flair to it. I wouldn’t recommend it over The Shadow of the Wind, but I do think that the mystery and gothic atmosphere is a perfect winter read.  A chill or two should be expected, but there is nothing truly scary about it.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield are two novels that has a gothic atmosphere to the story and has a place in my list of favourites too. For years I’ve threatened to read both novels for a second time. I might not be able to get to them this winter, but I truly hope I do.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is another one cozy mystery I really enjoyed.

If you’re looking for another tear jerker, Winter in Madrid by CJ Samson is a dark one. It plays off during the Civil War in Spain. It has quite a bit of historical facts in it, but it doesn’t overshadow the story it’s meant to tell.  It showcases the difficulty of war and has a really sad ending.  You can try The Book Thief or The Villa Triste as well if you’re looking for a war time novel that might be easier to read.

And lastly, if you’re looking for a winter read for a teen:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a YA novel, that is a bit of an eerie tale. Nothing truly gothic about it, just an interesting, and for lack of a better word, eerie tale.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon serves up a lot of gothic elements.  Although YA, I think it’s one of his scariest novels, but it’s a thrilling read!

And who can forget The Fault in Our Stars? I love this story. I love the book and I love the film. It’s just a straight out beautiful love story mixed with tragedy and heartbreak.

So tell me, what type of books do you enjoy reading in winter?

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  • And I was just thinking about how much I like our first 90-degree day of the summer season. 🙂 Despite our opposite seasons, I fully agree with your recommendation of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Historian. And The Book Thief. And The Angel’s Game.

  • I can’t believe you don’t have Kate Morton on here! BUT, you have Lucinda Riley, so all is right in the world.

  • jessicabookworm

    It is meant to be summer here in the UK but as I write this comment it is pouring down with rain, so this post is very appropriate! I agree Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a great, atmospheric read for winter. I would say the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Arthur Conan Doyle are perfect reads for winter too

    • I hope that those who is yet to comment will read the recommendations from you too. I haven’t read the Sherlock Holmes stories, but I do know a lot of people recommend them. Maybe I should give them a try? I hope summer reaches you soon, Jessica. I know how it feels when you’re waiting for a season and it just doesn’t arrive. Like autumn for us – it was pretty much summer 🙂

      I really should read Rebecca again!

  • Jennine G.

    Great list, but I read the title of the post thinking, “Ah yes, those summer showers,” not realizing you would be meaning winter on your side of the world! Lol! But, great list either way!

  • Wonderful recommendations, I definitely concur with The Historian, anything by Kate Morton and The Thirteenth Tale.

  • Fantastic list. I too tend to grab books with darker/gothic themes or cozy reads when it’s winter. It’s summer here now though, which means more romance and YA for me 😀

  • Chantelle Bester

    Oh. My. Hat. Absolutely inhaling your reviews and furiously scribbling down a shopping list!

    • I hope you found something you like! I think you might enjoy The Shadow of the Wind. So many people do 🙂

  • Ali

    Interesting, you find Winter good for reading. I find the Summer better for that. Nothing I like better than sitting in the sun with a good book.

    • That’s a good book day too, but winter is definitely my favourite time 😀
      What are you busy reading, Ali?

      • Ali

        At the moment I’m working my way very slowly through a couple biographies. One by Ben Pimlott about Queen Elizabeth II and one by Sarah Bradford about the Queen’s late father, George VI. I also have an English translation of a book written by a 14th century female scholar and woman of letters (a rarity in those days) by the name of Christine De Pizan. The book is called The Book of the City of Ladies.

  • Lisa Sheppard

    I got confused for a minute when I started reading your post…until I remembered where you are! I always think I’ll read more sitting outside in the summer but there are so many other things to do then and I’m more likely to be on the go. Winter definitely finds me wanting to curl up in a comfy spot, with a warm blanket, and settle in – might as well have a book in my hands.

  • Riette

    Thank you for the recommendations! I am definitely going to hunt down The Midnight Rose. In winter, the thicker the book, the better. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry was one of my favourite winter reads.