Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Lainey from gingerreadslainey posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.
This week is my top five rainy day reads. Check out my picks—a mix of contemporary, classic, and fantasy—below and let me know what you think in the comments!
I absolutely love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Basically, after some odd occurrences at his boarding school, Percy’s mom sends him to Camp Half Blood—where it is revealed that he’s a demigod, the son of Poseidon. In order to save his mom and settle tensions between the gods, Percy and his friends must go on a quest across the United States. The world is so easy to immerse yourself, and with the middle grade writing style it’s easy to tear through the whole series on a rainy day.
Perks of Being a Wallflower definitely confronts some heavier topics, but nonetheless is one of my favorites and the perfect rainy day read. Told through a series of letters—addressed “Dear friend”—the novel follows Charlie as he navigates high school, deals with his past, and finds friends in the vibrant step-brother-and-sister pair of Sam and Patrick.
For me, Sarah Dessen is the contemporary young adult queen. She writes these really relatable, yet still unique stories about finding oneself, love, change, and loss. In The Truth About Forever, Macy is planning to spend the summer at her boring job in the library, studying for the SATs, and silently grieving the loss of her father—all while her boyfriend is off at Brain Camp. Something unexpected happens, and Macy instead finds herself as part of the chaotic and fun Wish catering crew—where she meets artistic and truth-telling Wes.
Another great contemporary, John Green’s Looking for Alaska is just short enough to read in one sitting and really hits you hard. The story follows Miles “Pudge” Halter—whose whole life has been a nonevent, all while his obsession with last words has made him crave the “Great Perhaps.” This changes when Miles transfers to the anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding school and befriends the gorgeous, funny, and fascinating Alaska Young.
Pride and Prejudice is the perfect classic—and love story—to devour on a rainy day. The courtship between the proud Mr. Darcy and prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is quite unusual—to start with, they can’t stand each other. But their relationship turns from civilized sparring to something else, as they realize their own faults and flaws.