Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
So for the writing prompt Rainy Day Reads, like so many others, I think of curling up with a book and not leaving the house. So I picked books that were quick and fun reads that I read in one sitting, unable to stop once I had started!!! Perfect for when you have a rainy day to do nothing but our favorite past time, READ!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
THIS BOOK!!!! I could NOT stop reading it!!! I loved every single word from the first to last page!! Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, I was even Belle one year for Halloween (My mom made me an awesome home made golden/yellow dress from the dance scene) I felt so beautiful! So naturally any take on my beloved Beauty and the Beast will snag my interest, and this book did it in a fantastic and dark and unique way that I absolutely loved!
Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
There’s something about the way that Tricia Levenseller writes that gives her characters so much personality that they really come to life for the readers. I loved the different take on vikings in this book as well. It was more geared to their traditions and beliefs and mythology than just battle after battle. And because of this different side I found that I was sucked in from the very first page. Its a fun and easy read to get swept away and forget whats going on in the outside world around you.
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
With a Willy Wonka / Maze Runner / Goblet of Fire type of vibe, this book was so different from anything I’ve read recently that it was all I could do to put it down at night to get some sleep. I was thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it and honestly I really enjoyed how unique it was!! I liked the magic realism in this book where even though there is magic, the characters don’t have it and they instead have to use their brains and knowledge to find their way out of the maze rather than relying on magic to easily solve their problems.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Another Viking book!!! Apparently I have a thing for those vikings! This book also takes us on a much different journey than you would think when dealing with Vikings. Its not all about war and battle but about why they fight for their families so much. And what drives them to battle. I think its interesting to see that there are characters who may have lived during this time that have a softer side, and that want more than just bloodshed and vengeance. This was an extremely fast read that I only wanted more of once it was over.
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
Just finished this book yesterday actually and I LOVED IT!!! I’m a fan of the old Goose Girl fairy tale and so when I heard that this was a retelling I knew I had to see how it compared. While there were quite a few differences, it still had the same concept and I think that the liberties taken really made the story even better in my opinion. I loved the witchy aspects as well as the history involved in these kingdoms. I think that this is going to be a really good trilogy and I can’t wait for the next book!!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I’m not sure why I was so late in the game getting into this book but I’m happy that I found it at the Library and decided to give it a try! It was so fun!!! I loved the sharp shooter female MC! Its not often you get a lot of female sharp shooters in YA books lately, and I think its always fun to see a female excelling in something seen as a man’s sport or hobby. And then to be swept away on an epic journey across the desert had me flying through the pages to find out how the story ends. I am now patiently waiting for the next book to become available at the Library so I can continue on this awesome quest!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
THESE BOOKS!!! I can’t express how much I love these books anymore than just AGHHH! READ THEM RIGHT NOW!!! All of them!!! And trust me, you’ll thank me later! I adore Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell. I think that if there was ever a relationship that I could respect and love more than all the others it would be these two. Their funny banter, and witty comebacks, on top of just sheer intelligence had me falling for them from the very first encounter. Not only that, but the mystery and investigations in these books are so well laid out and keep you wondering until the very end. I love how wrapped up in these books I was and I honestly can’t push them on people enough!! READ THESE BOOKS!!! lol
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
I know I know, Brandon Sanderson is a masterful writer. I don’t know why I’m so late to the game.. But this being my first Brandon Sanderson book, I was absoluetly blown away by the way he writes and how it feels so “comfortable” to read… for lack of a better term. It was like picking up a book that you’ve read a hundred times and the words just effortlessly flow from one page to the next. I was so enraptured by every bit of this book that when it was over all I could do was sit there and wish that there was more. Now the wait for the next book begins… But still, do yourself a favor and pick this book up now! A perfect escape for a rainy day.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
I guess I couldn’t help but put another Tricia Levenseller book on this list. But I mean we are trying to talk about books that you can’t put down, and if there ever was one, its Daughter of the Pirate King. I still have favorite parts of this book that are tabbed so I can open it and reread them from time to time just to get a good laugh or remember some of my favorite scenes from this book. I love the main character and her crazy witty and snarky attitude! There were so many times in this book that I was laughing audibly and didn’t have a care who thought I was crazy. It is such a fun and quick and delightful read that I feel like this book could make any rainy day a happy one.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
And lastly, but not least, I love Victoria Schwab and her versatility to write just about any genre and age group. This being a middle grade book might be why I flew through it so fast, but it could also be because it was so good!! And what better place to read about on a rainy day than the grey and dreary atmosphere of Edinburgh Scotland, where rain and fog are pretty much the norm for every day weather. I am really looking forward to the second book in this series as well!
What kinds of books do you think of when you hear “Rainy Day Reads”? Do we have any picks in common? Have you read any of these books? This is a list with a lot of really recent books and it makes me happy to see this because I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve been reading lately and this shows that! AND its been pretty rainy here in KY this spring so it all seems pretty appropriate! I’d love to know what you think of my list and what is on your list! Let me know!