Top Fifteen: Rainy-Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was rainy-day reads.

The term “rainy-day read” always makes me think of a gloomy, dull Sunday where I don’t have any plans and can spend all day on the couch engrossed in a good book. Whatever the genre, a good rainy-day read sucks me into the plot and makes me loathe to leave its world—sometimes not even for food or bathroom breaks.

What makes a good rainy-day read for you? Did any of these make your list?

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Blackout by Connie Willis
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Top Ten: Longest Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was the longest books I’ve read. To keep from padding the list, I only included the longest book in any one series. The number of pages is included in parentheses.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1,069) // City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (911) // A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (1,016) // Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling // I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (897)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (849) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1,187) // The Passage by Justin Cronin (879) // The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (819) // 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (898)

Five Favorite: Books Set in Libraries

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.


I’m pretty sure that all book lovers have a dream to one-day own ALL. OF. THE. BOOKS. (Whether that dream is practical is beyond the point here.) For me, it was (and is) to simply own a Library – like, a room in my house that JUST holds books on wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves with a nice big window and a huge comfy chair. As such, I get a little flush of happiness when I read books that feature or are set in libraries because, well, you know… books. Here are my five favorite.

Home Libraries

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Public Libraries

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova // The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Have your own five favorite books set in libraries? Let me know!