We need very few excuses to stay inside and read all day. Let’s face it: an entire day curled up in bed with a book—or anywhere with a blanket, really—is the always the ideal. And yet, life requires us to part with our libraries and the comforts of home...But then March comes along, and with it, lots and lots of rain. Suddenly, us bookworms have an excuse to stay indoors with a book open on our laps.
In anticipation of the dreary spring weather ahead, we've created a list of 10 books that will make those lazy rainy days even better!
Nothing suits your rainy day better than the bleak landscape of northern England. After growing up with her cruel aunt and getting an education, the titular Jane begins working as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester—where love, agony, and long-kept secrets are finally unveiled.
Read this book if your ideal rainy day read includes orphans, hints of the supernatural, and brooding romantic heroes.
A Room with a View
A Room with a View is another European love story, but it's also an insightful critique of life at the turn of the century. Nature plays as integral a role as its human characters, so it's a perfect way to celebrate the spring days to come.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes coming of age stories, romance, secrets, and Italy.
The Secret Garden
Revisit a childhood classic! Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel follows a young girl as she tries to unravel the mystery of a beautiful garden.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes magic, nostalgia, and childhood friendships.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
Featuring stories such as “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” this collection is not only a thorough taste of Hemingway's brilliance, but it's also big enough to keep you occupied all day long. It's huge—over 50 stories huge!
Read this book if your ideal rainy day read includes adventure, lots of places for tea breaks, and exotic travels.
A Little Life
Disclaimer: This one is a tearjerker. The story follows the lives of four young men who meet in college and grow old in New York City. Their enduring friendship sees them through addiction, love, loss, and suffering. A Little Life won the Kirkus Prize, and it'll win (then break) your heart.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes moving depictions of friendship, dark subject matter, and tears.
And Then There Were None
Every rainy day needs a spooky mystery. Better yet, a spooky mystery set in an even spookier location. On the island of Devon, eight strangers meet at a hotel, all invited for different but personalized reasons—a work opportunity, a relaxing vacation, etc. But when the group starts to drop like flies, the remaining guests must try to find the killer before they become the next victims.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes goosebumps, an ensemble cast, and murder.
This Woolf classic is beautifully composed. Written in soliloquies from six perspectives, it draws parallels between the events of a single day and the movements of the sea. It's a moody book great for wet weather, as it evokes the hypnotic sound of rushing water.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes a meandering pace, beautiful language, tons of water imagery, and an experimental narrative structure.
Leaves of Grass
Why not spend the day reading poetry and sharpening your mind? With his profound musings on philosophy, nature, and humanity, Walt Whitman is a fantastic choice.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes spiritual sentiments and transcendental revelations.
Sometimes a Great Notion
Lush with descriptions of the Oregon landscape—a place where there are plenty of rainy days—Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion is politically-charged book about the dramas within a family of loggers. It's just as powerful as his more famous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Read this one if your ideal rainy day read includes beautiful northwestern scenery, writing from the Beat generation, and a political punch.
House of Leaves
In this eerie book, a blind man, an apprentice at a tattoo shop, and mad woman's spirit narrate the going's-on of a house that continuously grows new hallways. The story has a unique structure, containing footnotes within the footnotes and pages of just a few words.
Read this one if your rainy day read includes strange phenomenon and unreliable narrators.
This post originally appeared on The Reading Room.
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