Rainy Day Reads

April showers brought the May flowers, but it’s been pretty rainy still. With the weather as fickle as it’s been, I don’t want to leave my driveway. With OverDrive, it’s possible to lounge around my house all day without ever running out of things to read, watch, or listen to.

Here are some just-added items from the Indiana Digital Download Center:

Compulsion by Martina Boone

The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

A Sucky Love Story by Brittani Louise Taylor

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

The Silent Invader by Thomas Wood

Place these upcoming releases on hold to read in your blanket fort!

Dead Man’s Mistress by David Housewright

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan

The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

Tightrope by Amanda Quick

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Neon Prey by John Sandford

Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

So many books, so little time! Do you have a go-to rainy day read? My favorite might have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë if only for the opening paragraphs:

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.

I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.”

Happy Reading!

Standalone Central

I’ll be the first to acknowledge how much I love series. I love getting to really know the characters in multiple installments rather than trying to glean anything I can in the limited amount of pages offered by a standalone novel. Aside from some nonfiction books, like memoirs or essay collections, I don’t tend to read many standalones. That being said, I’m going through a standalone novel phase that I’m not really sure how I got into, but I’m a little reluctant to pull myself out of and delve into another series.

Here are some standalones that I’m a little bit obsessed with at the moment:

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Marlena by Judy Buntin

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhorn

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Which we’ll be reading for Stuck Between the Pages, the high school age book discussion for May!)

Here are some standalone novels that have been near and dear to my heart since I have read them in years past:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cell by Stephen King

P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Where the Heart Is by Billie Lets

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

And by Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors:

The Storyteller

The Pact

Leaving Time

Nineteen Minutes

My Sister’s Keeper

Plain Truth

Salem Falls

Second Glance

It helps that I read/listen to multiple books at a time, so while I can lose myself in various series, I can learn to love something new in a standalone. I commend authors who can pack character development, a believable story arc, and grip/keep my attention in one novel.

What are some of your favorite standalone novels? I’d love any recommendations you could give!

Happy Reading!