Top Ten Tuesday #207

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been relatively quite, just quite a bit of dogsitting for my parents and a lot of reading, I finished King of Fools and OMG it was amazing but I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to wait for the third book now? I’ve also got a lot of final things coming up for Uni this week, final dinner, final club photos, last Sports Ball and it’s kind of hitting home that Uni is going to be done soon, which is a whole weird mix of emotions!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have a new Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Rainy Day Reads, and I have to admit I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, because I don’t really match my reading to the seasons/weather, so I’ve decided to kind of interpret it as engrossing books that you could sit and read all day if you were stuck inside. So here we go, Rainy Day Reads:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

Completely engrossing, with fantastic characters, an incredible world to dive into and fast paced, action packed plot, A Darker Shade of Magic is a great book to get stuck into if you’re inside all day because you will be instantly transported into the Londons and you won’t want to come out again until the rain has stopped.

2. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven

What better to curl up with on a rainy day than a funny book? You can while away the hours laughing hysterically at Izzy O’Neill but also getting righteously angry about slut shaming, revenge porn, the Friend Zone and all of the other important topics this book touches on.

3. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu

In a very similar vein, Moxie is also a super fun, super feminist book and it’s quite short so you could easily get through it in a day, heck, even an couple of hours if you’re a really fast reader. I read this one on the train from Stirling to London last year, and it was the perfect distraction for a five hour train journey!

4. Unwind-Neal Shusterman

Not exactly the most upbeat book to spend a rainy day with, but it is engrossing, I read most of it whilst waiting for three hours in a car for my mum to buy a kitchen in France (it’s a long story) so I can personally attest to its powers of distraction.

5. Percy Jackson and The Olympians series-Rick Riordan

Depending on how long the rain goes on for/how fast of a reader you are, you could easily get through all five Percy Jackson books in the course of one rainy day, and Percy’s snarky inner monologue would be the perfect distraction from the miserable weather outside, plus what better way to forget about the rain than by diving into dangerous quests with Greek demigods?

6. Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton

This one has a double edged bonus, it’s set in the desert so whilst it’s raining outside, you can escape to somewhere warm through the pages of a book and plus the book travels at such breakneck speed that you’ll easily be able to while away the time waiting for the rain to pass.

7. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy

If you’re looking for a funny, exciting, Irish urban fantasy to while away the rainy hours with, then Skulduggery Pleasant is definitely for you. The series does get a lot darker as it goes on, but the first book is the perfect, humorous, magical adventure to dive into on a rainy day (and the rest of the series is even more amazing).

8. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls is probably my favourite YA thriller that I’ve ever read, it’s twisty, intriguing and has what I think is the best WTF ending of all time. It’s all about toxic friendships and you’ll be kept guessing as to what actually happened to Elise till the bitter end, plus it’s set in Aruba, so you can escape somewhere warm and sunny on a cold, rainy day.

9. The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys isn’t exactly the fastest read, but I feel like it’s atmosphere fits so well with the idea of a “rainy day read”. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing and has my favourite group of friends, possibly ever in a book and the idea of curling up with this book and a mug of hot chocolate (or whatever your warm drink of choice is), on a rainy day seems perfect to me.

10. Caraval-Stephanie Garber

Again, perhaps not the fastest read, but the mysterious atmosphere fits perfectly with a rainy day, this is another one where you could easily curl up in bed with a mug of your preferred warm drink and just forget about the world as you’re transported into Caraval.

So there you have it, books I think would make perfect Rainy Day Reads, or any day really, these are all great books! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are your favourite rainy day reads? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is First Ten Books I Reviewed, so that should be a fun one, though I will not be sharing the reviews because honestly some of my early reviews are incredibly embarassing! Meanwhile I don’t really have anything planned for the rest of the week, so my next post likely won’t be until next Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that.

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50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #207

  1. anovelglimpse April 16, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    The Raven Boys is a great pick for a rainy day read!

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates April 16, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    Great list! Unwind and The Raven Boys are two I keep meaning to check out. 🙂

  3. anovelglimpse April 16, 2019 / 3:16 pm

    The Raven Boys is a perfect pick for a rainy day. I love that I’m seeing it on so many lists today!

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Yes it does seem to have been quite popular this week!

  4. Alyssa April 16, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    The Raven Boys is an excellent pick! I think Caraval fits really well too. Great list!

  5. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense April 16, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    A Darker Shade of Magic is so engrossing. I can totally picture curling up with it for a reread on a rainy day. Great choices!

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Yes it is, I would also happily reread it on a rainy day. Thank you 🙂

  6. lydiaschoch April 16, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Oh, Unwind is a good choice. That book really frightened me.

    My TTT.

  7. Hannah @ Books, Life & Other Oddities April 16, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    A lot of your list is weirdly similar to mine given I wrote on a different topic 😂 I had Skulduggery Pleasant, Rick Riordan, Caravel, Exact Opposite of Okay and Rebel of the Sands, but this possibly just proves we read similar things 😂 I’m so excited for King of Fools! But don’t know if I’m ready for the cliff hanger 😬 I totally agree on reading A Darker Shade of Magic when you’re stuck indoors for a while, it’s an intense, un-put-downable read 😂 great list!

    My ttt: https://bookslifeotheroddities.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/novels-for-the-stressed-out-bookworm/

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:57 pm

      Ha ha yeah I know, I think we just read a lot of the same books! King of Fools is awesome, but yes, the cliffhanger is UNFAIR. Yes, I would happily sit reading A Darker Shade of Magic all day. Thank you 🙂

  8. Lin Ryals April 16, 2019 / 11:03 pm

    Oooh!!! Unwind! I forgot about that one. 😉

  9. kozbisa April 16, 2019 / 11:09 pm

    I remember not being able to put down Dangerous Girls and Moxie. I think the pages flipped themselves.

  10. Sammie @ The Writerly Way April 16, 2019 / 11:50 pm

    Oh, I’m happy to see Unwind on your list! I haven’t read it yet (though, I bought the series recently) but I love Neal Shusterman. :3 Oh, Rebel of the Sands is a good one, too! I have to read the third book of that series, but ugh, it’s so good so far! Love your book choices!

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      Ah it’s so good, I hope you enjoy it, and the rest of the Rebel of The Sands series too. Thank you 🙂

  11. thebookishlibra April 17, 2019 / 2:02 am

    Great choices! I can’t believe I forgot to put any of Schwab’s books on my list.

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Thanks! Ah don’t worry about it, there are so many books on other people’s lists that I wish I’d included.

  12. dinipandareads April 17, 2019 / 4:53 am

    Ooh yes, Caraval is a great rainy day read! I haven’t read so many others on your list but I have Unwind sitting on my Kindle and I really enjoy Neal Shusterman’s writing, so I look forward to reading it!

  13. Louise April 17, 2019 / 10:03 am

    Unwind had me totally hooked! It’s got such suspense and threat.

  14. ChrissiReads April 17, 2019 / 10:21 am

    So many good choices for a rainy day read!

  15. Vinny @ Artsy Draft April 17, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    I have Moxie on my shelf for a few months now but I still haven’t read it! Great picks, by the way! 💛

    • iloveheartlandx April 18, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      I hope you enjoy it when you do! Thank you 🙂

  16. rayasreads April 17, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Great list! I picked up Raven boys once but for some reason, did not finish it. Maybe I need a rainy day and a blanket to get drawn to the book again!

  17. Jaime April 17, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Yay for Percy Jackson and the Raven Boys! This is a great list of books. 🙂

  18. Rissi April 18, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    I think your interpretation is exactly as it should be; that’s more how I spun my topic too – the reads that “feel” right to each reader for a rainy day read. 🙂 Glad to know Maggie writes a world that pulls the reader in! That’s one I haven’t read but hope to at some point because I’ve heard so many good things about the series.

    • iloveheartlandx April 22, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Ah thank you! I know a lot of people do like to read specific books in certain seasons or weather, but I’m not really one of them. I hope you enjoy it when you do!

  19. Shon @ Books and Bugs April 20, 2019 / 11:17 am

    I’ve definitely been known to go back to Caraval every now and then when I need an emotional pick me up – perfect for a rainy day!

    • iloveheartlandx April 22, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Yes it has just the right atmosphere for it 🙂

  20. Annemieke April 22, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    PJO would be great to binge during some rainy days. And The Raven Boys is such a great atmospheric book for it too.

    • iloveheartlandx April 22, 2019 / 9:11 pm

      Yes it would-it’s also great for the summer because obviously most of the books (bar the third one) are set in the summer! Oh everything about that book just screams rainy days!

  21. Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 21, 2019 / 6:52 am

    Great list! I have a copy of The Exact Opposite of Okay I need to get to soon, so I was happy to see you mention it 🙂

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