To me, a rainy day read is a book that you can get completely engrossed in and binge! The kind of book you can sit down and finish in one go, something atmospheric that draws you in completely! Those are the kind of books I love on a rainy day, and we get a LOT of rainy days in England in April!
1. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This series is PERFECT for binging – I recently just read the first 2 (each of them in one day). They have such a dark fairytale vibe and are the perfect length to read in an afternoon (they’re about 200 pages long).
2. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
This has such a dark eerie atmosphere and is super fast paced. It engages you, draws you in, and traps you in this dark, creepy world. PERFECT for bad weather days!
3. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
If you’re not going for the dark atmospheric vibe, I’ve thrown this one in for you! This is the ultimate cosy, one-sitting romance. It’s a graphic novels so it’s super fun and easy but really uplifting and heartwarming.
4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This is a mysterious, dark historical fantasy centred around two forensics students hunting Jack the Ripper. I enjoyed it’s sequel even more! This series is so fast paced and gets your heart racing, with so much romantic tension built in.
5. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
This is my ultimate rainy day mystery pick! I love this series for keeping me on edge and engrossing me completely in a complex, baffling, high-stakes mystery. I have a more in depth post on this book here.
6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
If you’re looking for a really bingeable fantasy trilogy that you can get stuck right into, then this one is for you!
7. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is the choice for you if you’re looking for super atmospheric wintery vibes. No one writes slavic fairytale fantasies like Katherine Arden!
8. Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
This option is the most ambiguous – I can’t recommend one single book or series, so anything that’s part of Cassie Clare’s shadowhunter world will do. This is the best option if you’re looking to jump into something all-consuming that’s going to be your newest obsession.
9. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This one is the option for dark witchy vibes. This is also pretty short, so great for a rainy afternoon.
10. Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green
I’ve thrown in this dark detective middle grade for if you’re still looking for the atmosphere but want something a bit easier. It would also be great to entertain bored, restless kids on a rainy day! I have a quick review post on this one here.