My first thought when I saw this week’s topic of Rainy Day Reads was to come up with a list of happy books to beat the gray gloom on a rainy day. I like to try my best to put my personal spin on the topic every week though, so instead I’m going to be sharing with you ten books that have rain on the covers!
The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson is a middle grade historical fiction novel written in free verse. It’s set during the desegregation battles that took place during 1972 in Houston, Texas. This is a new discovery for me and it was definitely added to my Goodreads when I found it.
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner is a coming of age story that deals heavily with themes surrounding tragedy and grief. I’m a bit ashamed to confess that I haven’t read anything by Paula Garner yet because I’ve heard her books are amazing and this one really does sound right up my alley.
Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph is another middle grade historical fiction. It is centered around the fall of the Twin Towers, but thirteen-year-old Elizabeth lives thousands of miles away in the Dominican Republic. It’s the first book I’ve heard of about 9/11 that isn’t centered in the United States, so I’m really looking forward to reading it.
First & Then by Emma Mills is pitched as Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights. I tried reading it several months ago, but it just wasn’t the right book for me at that particular time. Emma Mills seems to be a staple among contemporary fans though, so this is one that I’ve still kept around on my shelf for the right moment.
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan is a beautiful coming of age story told through poetry. It’s jam packed with emotion and really a quick read. The Weight of Water does a really great job of bridging the gap between middle grade and YA, so it’s perfect for readers beginning to transition between the two.
One Plus One Equals Blue by Mary Jane Auch is a coming of age story about two characters with synesthesia. I haven’t read this one yet, but the cover instantly caught my attention.
The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane focuses on Clementine Haas who is dealing with complete amnesia after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. I love when titles contain opposites and oxymorons so I’m really looking forward to reading this.
In Your Light by A.J. Grainger tells the story of Lil whose sister disappeared. Lil stumbles upon an unknown girl lying in the road near her house who claims she’s from from a peaceful community called The Sisterhood of the Light. This young adult mystery thriller sounds so good!
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia has actually been sitting with my unread books for a while, and I really don’t know why I haven’t ever picked it up. The cover is gorgeous and it deals heavily with mental health so it sounds right up my alley.
Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergrast looks like an absolutely adorable middle grade historical fiction book. Set in Canada, ten-year-old Journey Song rallies her friends to save two pandas that are being held in a shipping warehouse from being sent back to China.
Have you read any of these books or have a different favorite that has rain on the cover? Do you have a specific book you always turn to when it’s a rainy day? Let me know in the comments and let’s chat!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. Visit her blog to see her list of rainy day reads and find other’s lists as well!