Books are a uniquely portable magic, said some guy named Stephen King. They can be a bunch of pages to some, a portal to another world to others. Either way, one can’t deny the fact that books are a source of inspiration, entertainment and quite possibly, fictional boyfriends. Every month we’ll be giving you a selection of books you can add to your TBR list. Welcome to the 032 Book Club.
Summer is over and the rainy season is here. This month is all about the books you’d like to get comfy with when it’s raining out. For book lovers, get those comfy socks and coffee ready.
Here are our top rainy day picks:
One can’t go wrong with Neil Gaiman for a rainy day. The guy’s imagination is crazy good and his ability to turn the most mundane things into a scary fantasy is my favorite thing about him. In this collection of short stories, he is equal parts creepy and funny. There are tales of a grandma finding the Holy Grail in a thrift shop, a homeless man in Los Angeles who may or may not be an actual angel and that odd bloke who makes a deal with the wrong exterminator, among many others. If you loved Coraline and Stardust, then you are in for a treat.
Star-crossed teenagers from the late 80s meet in the school bus and share a passion for music and comic books. What could go wrong? A lot of things, actually, but Eleanor and Park is the kind of book that manages to make you feel good about love even if things around them have gone haywire. With Rainbow Rowell’s trademark prose, this book is heartbreaking and heartfelt at the same time.
If you’re going to be stuck indoors all day because of a downpour, why not take on a book that may actually take all day to read? A Game of Thrones may be a challenging read and definitely not for the faint of heart (or eyesight), but it is well worth your time. Book one of GRRM’s high fantasy series, start with this if you want know more about the characters behind the popular TV show.
Rainy days always remind me of lessons learned and opportunities lost. In many ways, Tiny Beautiful Things is a book brimming with all that. Originally an anonymous advice column, the best parts have been compiled into a book filled with questions, regret and heartfelt anguish on the part of the ones seeking advice and the advice giver, Sugar (Cheryl Strayed). Not that we need a reminder, but life is hard. Reading Cheryl’s beautiful words show that there’s always someone out there who can make life a little easier.
Welcome to Henrietta, Virginia where the mountains loom and Welsh kings lay asleep among the unsuspecting residents. Add a girl who is destined to kill her true love with a kiss and a bunch of private school boys looking for an adventure and you’ve got The Raven Boys, the first book of the Raven Cycle. This one is a personal favorite— the story itself is unique and the storytelling superb. Killer plot-twists and cliffhangers make you want crave for more.
Confession: I looked the book up after learning that Michael Fassbender was starring in the movie. I know, I’m sorry. What I found is a compelling story set in post WW1 Australia that is deeply moving and thought-provoking. An ex-soldier takes his wife to a remote island where he works as a light house keeper. After a string of miscarriages, they find a lifeboat carrying a baby and a dead man. What do they do? As Goodreads would put it: “We are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.”
Banana Yoshimoto’s work is as quirky as her name. So quirky we really can’t put a finger on it. Kitchen is a tale of, well, kitchens and the process of moving on after a loss. Her prose is simple but it strikes a chord in the reader. There’s just something about this book that comes off as minimalist and artful— making it distinctly Japanese.
England always reminds me of inclement weather. A Secret Garden reminds me of simpler times, a cartoon series of the same name and how good it is to sit down with a classic about family, magical gardens and the promise of spring.
Post-apocalyptic, dystopian London? An assassin with a Guy Fawkes mask with a penchant for fancy words? Flawless illustrations and high-adrenaline action frames? Here, take my money, Alan Moore. You had me at “Remember, remember the fifth of November”. V for Vendetta is one of the best graphic novels out there. All we want do is cuddle up with it on a rainy day and pretend we could wield knives and recite poetry like V does.
Fan of the Facebook page? You’ll love the book. You can always press the “like” button online but nothing beats having something tangible in your hands. It’s a great collection of real people and real stories from the Big Apple. Brandon Stanton captures these tales of love, heartbreak, youth and life in his portraits.
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