turning it around
Jez, this is life speaking to you. You think everything…
That feeling when it’s mid of the day but still rather dark because it’s raining. You can hear the wind howling and raindrops drumming against the roof, but you’re safe inside the house. This always makes me wanna cuddle up in an armchair, together with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book to dream myself away.
This is a collection of 5 books/book series that I think are perfect for such days. So take time to do more of what makes your soul happy. Sit down. Listen to the raindrops. Be carried away by some of these magical stories.
Of course you can read them any time, I think these are perfect for creating a cozy, dreamy feeling!
Harry Potter, by J.K.Rowling. This is my go-to book series. I love these books; I think J.K.Rowling is a total genius! Yes, I know, everyone knows these books and you have probably read them already. They also may be considered children’s books. But let me stress this, I think you can read them anytime, at any age! I’ve read them about three times now and I still keep discovering new details! They’re this sort of story that never gets boring, that always stays magical and lovable. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?!
The Diviners, by Libba Bray. Another book series! Consisting of two books, but I think there will be a third. The story is a bit creepy, but the writing style is so good that you won’t be able to put the book down. The series tells the story of Evie O’Neill, a girl (I think she’s about eighteen) who is sent to New York City as a ‘punishment’ from her parents. The story takes place in the 1920s, and I think that’s what makes reading it so interesting. On top, it is told from multiple views. The characters don’t know each other yet, but somehow their fates are entwined. I won’t tell you any more but that you’ll get magic, darkness, mystery and love, it’s all there in The Diviners. Wanna know what Diviners are? That’s yet another magical part, read the books to learn more 🙂
After Alice, by Gregory Maguire. I made the book cover myself here, you can look up the original here. Starting now: This is an absolutely magical book! Maguire tells the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but from two complete different new views. #1, from the view of Alice’s family: You get to now what happens in Alice’s home while she’s gone. This part is mostly told from the view of her older sister. And #2, from the view of Alice’s best friend, Adda. Looking for Alice, she falls down the rabbit hole herself and experiences her own adventures in wonderland. The story takes place in the 1860s, and the writing style is mostly adapted to this era. I love books whose story plays in another time, so that was definitely a plus for me! It also makes you think a bit (read the book to find out which role Darwin plays here!) And it’s not that thick, so it won’t take too long to read it 😉
Ballett Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild. You might know this one, it was written in 1936, and there’s a film to it with Emma Watson! I recommend watching the film, too, it’s reeaally good! So this is the story of three young girls; Pauline, Petrova and Posy, who grow up together like sisters in the 1920s. They aren’t, though: Each of them has different parents, who have either died or abandoned them. A young woman and her nanny from childhood take them in and raise them. The book is funny in parts and charming: It’s a lovely story about three girls and their dreams, their worries and their love for each other although they are not related by blood. (On the picture above you can see my german version of the book.)
Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Yes, I know you know this one. But I had to share it here because I love it so much! Old language, many different characters, confusing parts that create suspense, and not to forget a totally different and amazing love story, it’s all in there. This is a book that is absolutely perfect for dreaming yourself away on rainy afternoons.
Hope that inspired you to a reading session 😉 Which books do you like best for cozy rain days?