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Books for a Rainy Afternoon

I don’t know what everyone else’s weather is like right now, but my weather has been particularly rainy and cold as of late. I’m a fall and winter person, so I’m not entirely upset but sometimes you find yourself with more time inside than you originally planned on having. Although I’m sure that many of us have lost more days (or weeks) to the draw of Netflix and other streaming services than we would like to admit, sometimes it is nice to unplug and unwind from the world a little bit. Today I’m recommending a few books that will tide you over for a days while you are waiting out a bad patch of weather and hiding from the world!
Books for Bad Weather
I’ve decided to go with a wide variety of genres and styles to suit many reading preferences- the only thing that they have in common is that I got lost in these books! It’s time to hygge and curl up with a good book…

Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames
This is a recent finish for me, and I’ve got to say, it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read/listened to, regardless of genre. It is a satire on both eighties metal bands and the typical fantasy book, and it works on every level. It follows the later in life adventures of Clay Cooper and his band-mates (band of mercenaries, that is…) as they head back into the dangers of the Heartwyld to save one of their daughters. The sheer amount of puns alone is enough to give you hours of entertainment! It’s not too violent, although there is a decent amount of cursing. It’s incredibly clever and fast-paced, and includes pretty much every mythical creature that you may have heard of in the world- definitely worth a few rainy afternoons!

Highland Fling, Katie Fforde
So, one of the best things when you are stuck inside due to weather is having someone to keep you company- much of this book is set in a castle in the Scottish highlands with similarly battering weather. Katie Fforde is one of the strongest chick-lit authors publishing right now (in my humble opinion), and she creates well-rounded characters and complex plots that aren’t inherently obvious from the second you start reading. Jenny takes a job assessing a local textile mill and finds herself helping in whatever way possible. It’s a lot of fun, and it doesn’t leave you with any stress- key on a rainy day!

Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Capella Glory, Mickey Rapkin
If you have been alive in the last five years, you’ve probably heard of Pitch Perfect– Anna Kendrick’s movie that follows a lovable, rag-tag group of collegiate a capella singers trying to make their way through national and international competitions. Well, this book is what it was based on. It’s a fascinating look at the history of and the drama behind these groups across the United States; some groups have talented and very powerful alumni that will fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund trips, competitions, albums, houses, and whatever else they might need. Some people will brush it off as just a silly extra-curricular but it is serious business and very entertaining!

The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell
This is pure fiction, and is perfect for any fan of classic literature! Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendent of the Brontë family, and may have inherited a secret family estate that includes paintings, letters, and even drafts of other novels- the only thing is, she doesn’t care. That is until she enrols at Oxford University and her late father somehow has pieces of this family legacy sent to Samantha to draw her into the mystery and myth. You don’t need to have read anything by the Brontës to understand and enjoy this novel, and you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a little different than your typical mystery, and the Brontë theme fits a rainy day (or two) perfectly!
What are your go-to, rainy day books? 
Until tomorrow,
The Historian!
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