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What to read on a rainy day

What to read on a rainy day

Hi wonderful people,

In today’s blog post, I wanted to talk with you about some, in my opinion, lovely books to read on a rainy day. When I have a day off, and it is a very stormy day, I love it to grab a book and a big cup of coffee, then together with my book, cup of coffee and a blanket, I will lay on my bed and forget myself in the world of my book. Isn’t that just the best day… today? I am sharing a couple of my favourite reads to read on such days. If you are interested, read the text below.

Let’s start with my top one this time. For everyone who is reading my blog or Instagram more often, this book will not be a surprise. But it is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Every time when I read it, even just parts, sometimes I get totally into the world of Anna. Her forbidden love and well, she takes me on the train with her, and I could not dream for something else. 

Anna Karenina is a Russian literature roman from 1873.  Anna is a beautiful, intelligent woman whose passionate affair with Count Vronsky’s dashing leads her to ruin. But her story is also about a search for meaning. By twinning it with Levin, an awkward idealist whose happy marriage and domestic trials form the backdrop for a similar quest, Tolstoy creates a rich and complex masterpiece that has captured readers’ imagination for decades.

This is a big one, and you will probably think after one chapter: o well, this is a lot of information to handle. Let’s take a break. Totally understandable, of course. That is why I have some other lighter books to read, as well. Some of them you will maybe even finish in one breath.

Dating you, hating you. I really do like the books of Christina Lauren. These two women are such good and lovely writers. Their stories are just so enjoyable to read. Dating you, hating you, was, I think, the first book that I have read of this writing duo. I read this book in just a day, I think. It was just so enjoyable, well written—a real page-turner.

Synopses: all is fair in love and war. Evie and Carter do meet each other at a mutual friends Halloween party and immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to smother the flames. But when their two agencies merge-causing the pair to vie for the same position-all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirty-something professionals-so, why can’t they act like it? When push comes to shove and love fights with hate, will these two ever get their fairy tale Hollywood ending? ‘A smart, sexy romance for readers who thrive on girl power.’ My Dutch review you can find here!

The Bromance Bookclub is a read that I have so much enjoyed last year in 2020. I still need to read the following editions, but if you have never read this book, I will say for sure order or buy it at your bookstore for when it will rain (or just order it, haha); the book goes about the title says it a Bookclub for men.

Synopses: The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about the book club. Gavin Scott’s marriage is trouble. The Nashville Legends baseball star has recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. His reaction to the revelation is the final straw for their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With their current read’s help, a steamy Regency called Courting the Countess, the guys’ coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner-hero and win back the trust of his beloved wife.

Lyssa Kay Adams, the Bromance Book club writer, did an outstanding job in this book. Before I had ever read this, I did hear so many good stories about it! People say it is the best (B)Romance of 2019. 

For my Dutch readers, I did write a full review on my blog. If you click here, you will directly go to the review. 

The Caraval series, not one but three books to recommend. People their opinions are different from this series, but I did enjoy it. Especially the first book I have enjoyed so much! Stephanie Garber writes Caraval. My full review of the first book Caraval you can read here (only Dutch sorry).

Synopses book one: Scarlett and her sister Donatella or just Tella live with their powerful father and a cruel person. He has arranged a marriage for Scarlett, but Scarlett is dreaming, dreaming of caraval. Caraval is the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. 

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless, she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over. 

And this is only the first book. The series is out for quite a while, so many would be familiar with this series. If you did not read it yet, take a look, and I hope you will like it for the people who did read it and enjoyed it. Maybe it is time for a reread. 

I have a couple of books that I still did not read myself yet or that I am currently reading. However, I think that these books will go perfect on that kind of days. 

The first start with Frankenstein. I bought Frankenstein a week or so before Halloween. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read it then and still am waiting for “the right moment”. Frankenstein is a classic, and I think because of the scary and a bit darker side, I would love to read it when it is raining. Put some candles on and make it dark in my room with just a little peek hole to look at the rain. 

Synopses: Frankenstein is a twisted, upside-down creation myth by Mary Shelley’s chilling Gothic tale lays bare the dark side of science and the horror within us all. 

It tells Victor Frankenstein’s story, who plunders graveyards to create a new being from the bodies of the dead – but whose botched creature causes nothing but murder and destruction. After a nightmare when its author was only eighteen, Frankenstein gave birth to the modern science fiction novel.

Another book that is already aged on my shelf is The ghost of Harvard. I am so looking forward to this read. The thing is, and you will know this struggle. There are so many books to read and of course to buy. Your tbr or well, my tbr is growing instead of slinking, haha. 

Francesca Serritella writes the ghost of HarvardSynopses: A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices. Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia, took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps threatens to break her family apart, she is haunted by questions of what she might have missed. And there’s only one place to find answers.

As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure at Harvard, she investigates her brother’s final year, armed only with a blue notebook of Eric’s cryptic scribblings. She knew he had been struggling with paranoia, delusions, and illusory enemies–but what tipped him over the edge? Voices fill her head, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who passed through the university in life or death and whose voices, dreams, and terrors still echo the halls. Among them is a person whose name has been buried for centuries and another whose name humankind will never forget. 

Does she share Eric’s illness, or is she tapping into something else? Cady doesn’t know how or why these ghosts are contacting her, but as she is drawn deeper into their worlds, she believes they’re moving her closer to the truth about Eric, even as keeping them secret isolates her further. Will listening to these voices lead her to the one voice she craves–her brothers–or will she follow them down a path to her own destruction?

I think the synopses is so exciting that I hope to read this big boy very soon. 

Then a final book that I think would be perfect—the haunting of Hill house. Last year I did watch the show on Netflix, and I found it just incredible. I had no idea the series was made out of a book, and since the end of the series, I just want to read the book! 

Haunting of hill house is written by again Shirley Jackson. While writing this post, I am very into darker books, maybe mainly because currently I am reading Jane Eyre and We have always lived in the castle. Synopses: Alone globally, Eleanor is delighted to take up Dr Montague’s invitation to spend a summer in the mysterious Hill House. Joining them are Theodora, an artistic ‘sensitive’, and Luke, heir to the house. But what begins as a light-hearted experiment is swiftly proven to be a trip into their darkest nightmares and an investigation that one of their numbers may not survive. Twice filmed as The Haunting and the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.

With this last book, I want to end this blogpost too. I wonder, did you have read one of these books, are one or more on your tbr? I would love it when you leave a comment underneath this post. – wish you all a lovely day and enjoy your read when you find the time today.

Lots of love

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Cindy Pel


I’m Cindy and known on the internet as The Socialbookgirl. I’m 22 years old, born and raised in the Netherlands, and I’m slightly obsessed with anything regarding books.


On this blog I will share my love for books with you by mostly eviews. These reviews will be honest at all time. The genres that I read are mostly: feelgood, romance, young-adult, new adult and since this year also fantasy.


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