The monsoons are here and so are the blues. Lucky for you, we know just how to tackle them. What better way to wait out the rain than to spend a day in curled up with the perfect book? We’ve got your monsoon reading covered. Here’s a list of a few incredibly gripping novels that will keep you hooked on a rainy day with a nice brew. Take a look!
1. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
Genre: Magical Realism/Contemporary
If you’ve read any books by Murakami before, you will know that he is the maven of all things weird and wonderful. Sputnik Sweetheart is no different. This is an extraordinarily atmospheric book that will have you greedily consuming every chapter. It follows a nameless protagonist as he searches for his unrequited love, Sumire. Like most Murakami novels, there are beautiful, unconventional women, intense introspection, and some absolutely beguiling moments.
2. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.”
Genre: Gothic Mystery/Historical Fiction
The Thirteenth Tale is virtually unputdownable. It follows a biographer living in England as she is called upon to write the biography of a famous yet enigmatic author, Vida Winter. As Vida relays her untold tales to the protagonist, we delve into a world of gothic mansions and creepy twins. If you’ve ever had an affinity for dark mysteries and fatal family secrets, then you will adore this book. The writing is compelling and the ending leaves you undeniably satiated. There’s a BBC adaptation of of the book featuring Sophie Turner that you can also check out.
3. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
We were young. We were bored. And the old electroshock therapy machine was just under the stairs in a box next to the Hoover.”
Augusten Burroughs’ memoir is one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read. It is, perhaps, the only nonfiction book I’ve breezed through so quickly. From an erratic poetess for a mother to a strange Santa Claus look-alike for a psychiatrist, Burroughs recalls how a few bizarre people shaped his adolescence with wit and humour. I would recommend it to both fiction and nonfiction readers that enjoy strange, spectacular, and sometimes twisted stories. Be warned though; the book deals with some controversial themes that might disturb those sensitive to them. You can read my review of it here.
4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret.”
Pet Sematary starts off slow, but gains momentum as the story progresses. Like most novels by Stephen King, this book has the perfect backdrop for horror, only this time it’s rural Maine. We follow the the Creeds, a seemingly perfect family as they move to a new town in rural Maine. Stephen King builds the elements of dread and terror masterfully, reeling the reader in effortlessly.
5. Thieving Forest by Martha Conway
What if you do what you think is right, for yourself or someone else, but it doesn’t make a difference?”
Genre: Historical Fiction
Conway’s Thieving Forest is a tale of adversity and survival against the backdrop of frontier America. It’s a terrific and hauntingly primitive environment that adds a bit of mystique to the plot. A lot of the enigma surrounding the Thieving Forest plays on the fear of the unknown, which is a potent theme in the novel. One of the most cohesive things about this book is the imagery. Conway creates a meticulous visual map for you – leaving just enough room for imagination. You can read my full review of the audiobook edition of the novel here.
6. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
I don’t read a lot of romance. In fact, you might event detect a hint of condescension when I talk about the genre. But Colleen Hoover, the wonder author of Slammed writes contemporary romance beautifully. I already loved her character building before reading this book, but she won me over on the plot front as well, by handling a delicate subject flawlessly. For all those who might get triggered by tales of abuse, here’s a warning. But I highly recommend this heartfelt read, that will abate the melancholy in your heart amidst a rainy day, to everyone.
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy