With the exception of yesterday, where the sun was shining for most of the day (I like to think it was due to the fact that my Uncle Mike was celebrating his 80th birthday), England seems to have been swept by something of an endless down-pour over the past few days, despite it being late July. And while there’s little joy to be taken from the grey skies and the relentless rain, for bookworms the world over, it offers the perfect excuse to do little else than hunker down in bed and read. Rainy reads; the sort of books to indulge in when the sky is threatening, are my favourite sort.
And while when the sun is out I love nothing more than indulging in heady novels set in balmy terrains, rainy days call for an altogether different kind of read. From the creme de la creme of crime fiction to one of my very favourite short stories, below you’ll find the finest of fiction for when the skies are looming.
An eerie and sinister tale set on Venice’s cobbled streets, Don’t Look Now is the perfect tale to curl up with when the skies outside are grey.
Probably the best ghost story ever written, Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black is best read when the skies outside are dark and looming, and a thunderstorm is imminent.
Intricate, thrilling and sinister, Killing Me Softly is my favourite sort of thriller – dark and detailed against a dreary London backdrop.
A wonderfully compelling tale from one of literature’s best writers, Great Expectations marsh country and London setting makes it the perfect rainy read.
Set on the windswept Yorkshire moors, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is wild, passionate and intense, and calls for brooding weather as the perfect companion.