Rainy Day Reads | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

Reviews are linked (as always)!

I was born for this by Alice Oseman: a really dramatic end-scene with lots of rain. The plot is about a girl who meets up with an internet friend to go watch their favourite boyband perform and the amount of action in their lives just shoots up from that.

If we were villains by M. L. Rio: dark academia that is dramatic enough in itself that you need the heavy rain outside to match the vibe, especially as they perform theatre pieces in the rain.

The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw: the main character live on an island, a bit away from the small-town where boys are murdered every summer and the town blames a curse thrown by witches

The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss: my favourite fantasy, long enough to keep you occupied for a while, and with enough hidden things to reread too many times (I’m at 5+ definitely, but it’s been a while)

Upstream by Mary Oliver: essays by my favourite poet talking about nature

The book of dust, La belle sauvage by Philip Pullman: a big part of the plot is one great flood and the whole fantasy book is just great and dramatic and heartwarming

If you want to add tears to the raindrops:

Lord of the butterflies by Andrea Gibson: a poetry collection, with stories told so intensely, a mix of sweet with stories of queer love, of incredibly traimatic events (dealing with suicidal and loss), of hopelessness and hope as well.

When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi: a memoir of a real neurosurgeon after he’s diagnosed with cancer. It’s an unforgettable story with wisdom, life perspectives, struggles, love and uncertainties.

14 thoughts on “Rainy Day Reads | Top Ten Tuesday

    • aquapages // eline April 16, 2019 / 3:05 pm

      Yes, I like poetry, but I haven’t been reading it for that long. Mary Oliver was the first poet I really fell in love with. She writes almost only about nature, her collection “A thousand mornings” is my favourite

      I’ve got some more poems of hers linked in reviews:


      • aquapages // eline April 16, 2019 / 7:48 pm

        That’s great, hope you like it!! 🌼 I love nature, but I think I like varied poetry. It just need some kind of subject to make sense? Like I enjoyed the very popular milk and honey with minimalistic poetry when it came out, but so soo many fails to copy that style because nothing makes sense or ties it together. Poetry needs to be passionate and clever, in my mind. My pitch for recommending Mary Oliver to friends usually is that she has a tendency to criticizes people through very beautiful descriptions of nature


      • Hannah @ Books, Life & Other Oddities April 17, 2019 / 8:44 am

        I’m such a poetry newb I dont even know what Milk and Honey is, I’ll go Google 😂 oh that sounds so pretty! I like it when poets draw likenesses to other things through their writing! Do you ever write poetry yourself?

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      • aquapages // eline April 17, 2019 / 11:52 am

        That’s completely fine, my bad! I don’t write poetry, to make it good I would need more knowledge of the composition and such. But I like to write in general! Do you?


  1. Tammy April 16, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    Great list! You’ve reminded me that I need to read When We Were Villains😁

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  2. lydiaschoch April 16, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    Hello from another Mary Oliver fan. I adore her poetry. It’s wonderful that you included her in your list this week.

    My TTT.

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  3. Brooke Lorren April 17, 2019 / 4:39 am

    The Book of Dust sounds interesting. And with all that water, I suppose it would make a good rainy read!

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  4. Saman Javed April 17, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    Great list! I’m really looking forward to reading Name of the wind but its sheer size intimates me! I didn’t enjoy the wicked deep much, though!

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