It’s days like this, dreary, cold and rainy, that I like to curl up with a good book and not just any book either. I more often than not will reread a favourite, the more dog-eared the better. I will peruse my book shelves reading the beloved titles on the spines and choose a book to lose myself in and forget about the awful weather. There really is nothing better than listening to the rain on the window, snuggling under a throw blanket and basking in the glow of a crackling fire (okay maybe not that because I have a gas fireplace ) with a suspenseful who dunnit or a dry, witty comedy, depending on my mood of course.
Today I choose to share with you a few titles from my personal collection that you may enjoy. So grab yourself a steamy cup of coffee and while away a few hours with a good book.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne’s difficult marriage. The first half of the book is told in first person, alternately, by both Nick and Amy. Nick’s perspective is from the present, and Amy’s from the past by way of journal entries. The two stories are very different. Not only does the two person narrative work but it draws you in more effectively than say just first or third person. You bond with both characters and then when you least expect it you’re blown away by thrilling plot twists. It will have you gripped guaranteed.
Confessions of a Shopaholic is probably one of my all time favourite comfort books. Sophie Kinsella (Madeleine Wickham) is incredibly gifted at making you fall in love with her heroines. Becky Bloomwood is flakey and irresponsible but she is also loyal, loving and amazingly relatable. Yes the scrapes she find herself in aren’t always the most realistic, nevertheless you will be laughing out loud from the first page. It’s candy for the soul.
Okay now Pet Sematary doesn’t inspire comfort for most people but I love horror fiction and I adore Stephen King. This cult classic from (gasp) 1983, is probably on my top 5 Stephen King book list. If you have never read this one it may seem a little cheesy by today’s desensitized standards but when I first read this oldie but goodie I wasn’t even old enough to drive and it had me terrified. Hmm on second thought, maybe it shouldn’t be read on a stormy day….only drizzley days folks. Just to be on the safe side. It may not be that scary to readers these days but I promise you, you will look at your cat a little differently for a while.
Whether you read one of my recommendations or not, remember there is nothing better than a good book on a rainy day.