Our Favorite Rainy-Day Reads

As if we need any excuses to stay inside and read, but a rainy day creates the perfect setting for cozying up with a good book. There’s nothing we bibliophiles enjoy more than curling up in our favorite reading spot, preferably with a soft blanket and warm beverage as we listen to the rain pitter-patter outside. So, the next time Mother Nature bestows you with a wet, dreary day, grab one of our team’s favorite rainy day reads.

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Harry Potter Novels by J.K. Rowling: I know there is controversy over J.K. Rowling now, and I am 100 percent in favor of those criticisms, but it doesn’t change the fact that I read the Harry Potter novels and loved them (and still do). Like most people who like HP — it’s about comfort. Only a dreary, rainy day I like revisiting those worlds and getting lost in them.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: There is something incredibly cozy about period pieces. I love cuddling on the couch with a Jane Austen novel on a stormy night. Sense and Sensibility is a go-to. I mean, Marianne never thinks it’s going to rain, and it ALWAYS does!



In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: If it’s a rainy day, I’m definitely wanting to read something creepy (shocker!), and In Cold Blood is just one of those books everyone should read even if you’re not a fan of true crime. There’s something about this book that transcends today’s modern thrillers and true crime, and I think adding the rainy day element is just a cherry on top.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: On the complete flip side, my other rainy day pick would be The Secret Garden. Maybe it’s the correlation of rain and flowers, or maybe just the dreary descriptions of Misselthwaite Manor and its gloomy, barren grounds, but a rainy day at home curled up with this classic sounds idyllic.



The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: There is always room for Amy Tan on rainy days. The Joy Luck Club was the first book of hers that I ever read, and it opened me up to a world of emotions and thoughts that, as a second-generation American myself, helped me view my experience through my mother’s eyes.

Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey: When in doubt, just turn to poetry. It’s titled after Lana Del Rey’s first-ever poem. Her music has made me feel, cry, scream and more. I love to be moved by poetry on the rainiest of days.



Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: I always feel inspired when I read any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books, and there is so much good advice in this one. It’s an easy read and hard to put down — perfect for a rainy day!

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram