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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Top 10 Books for a Rainy Day



When the weather outside is grim, there is no better way to banish the gloom than with a good book. Slipping within the pages of any one of the ten (10) novels below allows you to slip into another world or another time, so each one provides an excellent escape from miserable weather. Choose one of them to enjoy a holiday wherever you happen to be.

1.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Escape from foul weather with a visit to the land of hobbits, elves, dwarves and other legendary creatures in Tolkien’s classic work of fantasy. Even if you’ve seen Peter Jackson’s extraordinary movies, you shouldn’t miss the trilogy of novels that has inspired the imaginations of generations of people.

2.  Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Scott’s classic romance transports the reader from the mundane world to a land where knights and chivalry reign. Escape your concerns by following the adventures of brave Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe as he defends the true king and fights for justice and honour.

3.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Is there a better way to spend a rainy day than curled up with a cup of tea and this quintessential novel of manners? Escape into the world of the Bennet sisters as they navigate Regency society in pursuit of good marriages.

4.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This beloved tale of four children escaping from war-torn England into a land of magic and peril is the perfect escape from a gloomy day. Rediscover the land of Narnia, or enjoy the pleasure of exploring this enchanted realm for the first time.

5.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Rain pounding on the rooftop and wind whipping at the windows provide an ideal backdrop for enjoying this classic tale of the horror of scientific hubris.

6.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Not just for the young, this contemporary classic is the perfect escape from rainy reality. Rowling’s tale of Harry Potter, the boy wizard with a terrible destiny, is filled with humour, danger and wonder.

7.  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Forget the weather by joining generations of readers in following irrepressible orphan Anne Shirley on her adventures in Montgomery's tale of love, life and imagination on Prince Edward Island.

8.  A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Escape inclement weather by journeying to the gritty, war-torn kingdom of Westeros in Martin’s richly imagined novel of fantasy and political intrigue.

9.  The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Immerse yourself in this tale to escape from rainy day boredom with Alan Grant, a bedridden police inspector, as he uses his confinement to investigate the alleged murder of two princes by Richard III.

10.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Reading this hilarious novel of aliens, the meaning of the universe, hitchhiking and the prosaic Arthur Dent is a great way to banish rainy day blues with a healthy dose of laughter.
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Adrian is a self confessed bookwork from Adelaide, Australia. He wanted to share this list of his favourite rainy day reads with others who enjoy reading. He recommends other readers should check the big w catalogue regularly to find some of these books at great prices.


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