Rainy Day Reads

We’re currently having a rainy Summer day in Seattle, which makes it a perfect day for a rainy-day read. For me, a good rainy-day read has to meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) an intimidatingly long book that I have been afraid to start; 2) a mystery or a suspenseful novel that is too good to put down and bookmark; or 3) something sentimental or a favorite re-read that matches the mood the weather. At the end of the day, however, a good read for a rainy day is one you can comfortably curl up with by the window and get lost in until the skies clear.

The Complete Harry Potter Collection Box Set by J.K. Rowling

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Summary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) (from Goodreads): Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official script for the play from the mind of J.K. Rowling, will be released on July 31st and is available for pre-order now!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Summary (from Goodreads): First published in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners – one of the most popular novels of all time – tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins the novel, that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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In the mood for Jane Austen but want something a little different? Check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, first a book and now a movie.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Summary (from Goodreads): Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature. The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

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Summary (from Goodreads): In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, The Lord Of The Rings tells of the great and dangerous quest undertaken by Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the dwarf; Legolas the elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider. J.R.R. Tolkien’s three volume masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale – a story of high and heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-Earth.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

picture of dorian gray

Summary (from Goodreads): “The Picture of Dorian Gray, ” Wilde’s only full-length novel, is the enduringly eerie fable of a portrait that ages and decays as its model remains ever young and beautiful. Dorian Gray, a naive and irresistible young man, is lured by decadent Lord Henry Wotton into a life of depravity. Dorian becomes steeped in sin, but his face remains perfect, unlined – while only his portrait, locked away, reveals the blackness of his soul.

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If you like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, Frankenstein and the like, then check out the television show Penny Dreadful. The first few seasons are currently available on Netflix.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


Summary (from Goodreads): First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

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