Top 5 Tuesday – Books for a Rainy Day

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for April to June see Meeghans page here.

The sun is shining down out of a clear blue sky but today’s topic is books that you would love to curl up with on a rainy day. If it’s a grey wet day, then there is nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair with a good book so here are my top 5 choices.

I love fantasy and for me, being able to curl up with a really good stand alone fantasy novel is bliss. The Goblin Emperor is one of my absolute favourites. I love this story of Maia who goes from being the despised half goblin son of the Elven Emperor to being placed on the throne and having to deal with all the elvish politics. No great battles or quests, just great characters and an absorbing look at how a society might function

If it’s wet and grey outside, then a book that makes you feel good is what’s needed. I love all of Beth O’Leary’s books but I think that this is my favourite. Leon needs money and Tiffy needs a cheap place to stay. The result, they share the flat but never meet and communicate by post it notes. It’s a brilliant, funny romance and I love it. Definitely a great read for a rainy day.

Another great way to spend a rainy day would be to read the final part of a series. I’ve really enjoyed Jade City and Jade War and I’m really looking forward to sitting down and finding out how the series concludes.

Settling down with a new novel from one of my favourite crime writers would be another great way to spend a rainy. I have always loved the Vera Stanhope series and also the TV series as I think Brenda Blethyn is just brilliant as Vera. The next book in the series is due out in September but I have it sitting on my Net Galley shelf and I’m saving for next week’s long flight to Chicago which is fairly similar to having a rainy day I think .

Another lovely way to spend a rainy day is with an old favourite to have an undemanding couple of hours. Georgette Heyer is my go to author for a cosy read that I know I love. The unknown Ajax is one of my favourites. Hugo returns from the peninsula wars to find that he is unexpectedly heir to his grandfather’s estate. He is one of my favourite of Heyer’s heroes and this like all of them, is a lovely warm hearted story.

What would be your top picks to read on a rainy day?

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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books about a death

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for April to June see Meeghans page here.

We’ve done births and marriages so far and this week, it’s time to look at books about a death so we can complete the Hatched, Matched and Dispatched trio.

My initial thoughts were that I would pick 5 of my favourite murder mysteries but then I began to think about how a death is often the catalyst for change for those left behind so my ideas changed a bit. After quite a bit of thought, here are my top 5 books about a death.

Under a Whispering Door by T J Klune

I wonder how many other people are going to feature this one in their top 5? It does seem like an obvious choice as it is all about a death, specifically the death of Wallace Price. Workaholic Wallace dies suddenly but he isn’t ready to pass over yet so has to spend time at the Charyon Tea Room where he meets Hugo, the ferryman and begins to learn about what actually is really important.

One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

Another book about death. This time it’s the impending death of 17 year old Lenni as she lives out her life in the terminal illness ward of the local hospital. In an art class, she bumps into 83 year old Margot and a bond is formed between them as they realise that they have lived 100 years between them. They decide to paint pictures to illustrate their lives and we learn about them through these including what it might be like to live, knowing that you don’t have long left. This is another amazing book and one of my best reads of 2021.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Death often means huge changes for those left behind. The death of the Emperor and his heir in a plane crash changes his youngest son’s life completely. As a half goblin child in a court of elves, Maia has been banished to an out of the way estate with just a guardian to care for him. Then he receives the news of his father’s death and finds out that he is the new emperor. This is definitely one of all time favourite books and I have reread it several times. The story of how Maia negotiates a hostile court is simply brilliant.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Another book where a death has a huge impact on others. The death of Mr Henry Dashwood has a devastating effect on the lives of his widow and daughters. They are forced to move out of the family home and into a small house belonging to a distant relation. This is one of my favourite Jane Austen novels and I love the relationship between the two sisters although I feel that I have far more in common with Elinor than Marianne.

The Night Singer by Joanna Mo

I couldn’t have a top 5 about death without including at least one mystery. This is the debut novel by Swedish Author Joanna Mo and is one of the best I have read this year. Detective Hanna Duncker returns to her childhood home to find that she has to investigate the death of her best friend’s 15 year old son. She has to deal with traumatic events that happened in the past as well a complex investigation in the present. Definitely a great debut.

Thanks Meeghan, I really enjoyed thinking about my choices for this week’s theme.