There’s something magical about digging into a good book on a rainy day. The problem is, many of us don’t know what to read first! B.N. Randall is a literary expert and author of the young adult thriller Memoria. Owning more than a thousand books herself, Randall loves a good story and is always on the hunt for new titles to check out. “I love reading because of the transportation aspect,” she says. “It provides another worldview, expands my mind and makes me think.” Randall shares her picks of five novels to check out on a rainy day. What book do you want to curl up with next?
1. Rainy Day Books: Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets By Eva Rice
“It’s the number one book I always go to when it’s foggy or rainy,” Randall says. “It’s a story of two best friends [and tells] their coming of age story.” Think witty dialogue and a romance that you can sink your teeth into.
2. Rainy Day Books: The Sugar Queen
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
“This book is full of magical realism...magical sweaters and fancy candies and love,” Randall explains. In other words? It’s a true escape. Perfect for those who want to suspend reality for a bit.
3. Rainy Day Books: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
“It’s a book of [messages] between six different people,” she explains. The book is set in both London and Guernsey Island, where a writer named Juliet becomes friends with the inhabitants of the island after the end of World War II. It’s perfect for those who love great, poignant novels about life and literature.
4. Rainy Day Books: Divergent
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Calling all fans of The Hunger Games! “This book definitely transports you to a different time and a different place,” she says. Part one of a trilogy, this novel tells the story of Beatrice Prior, or Tris, who lives in a dystopian Chicago. Pssst… it’s also set to be a movie – so read it before the trailer comes out!
5. Rainy Day Books: I Capture the Castle
I Captured The Castle by Dodie Smith
“This book is a classic!” Randall says. “It takes place in England in an old castle, and the family that’s living there is poor. The mom is an artist and the dad is a writer, and it’s just their story about how they survived and how they lived. It’s very poetic and very beautifully written.”