5 Melancholic Books to Read on Rainy Days

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Rainy days are just the perfect time to cuddle up and read. The best reads that suit this gloomy atmosphere are melancholic books. Maybe its the combination of the cold, lazy weather and the dark, hazy sky. But those books always give this weird heavy satisfaction after closing it on weathers just like now. Get your comforter and hot chocolate ready, unveiling the melancholic books to read on rainy days.

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13 Reasons Why

By Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I love how you try to see both Clay’s and Hannah’s emotions with this book. Through Clay, we find ourselves wishing for more insight about Hannah’s decisions. Not only is this one of my most melancholic books, it’s also a heavy read. Be warned for a lot of triggers present in this novel. Thirteen Reasons Why contains in depth talk about suicide, depression, along with other heavier issues.


Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister

By Gregory Maguire

We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty … and what curses accompanied Cinderella’s looks?

Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland,Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household — and the treacherous truth of her former life.

A fantastical novel, for sure. We see the world in the eyes of one of Cinderella’s ugly step-sister, and do we see it differently. Not only part of the melancholic books, it’s also a fantasy read I’d definitely recommend. Gregory Maguire paces his stories slowly. Prepare to be dragged along the read a bit, but with the words and plot so worth it.


Looking for Alaska

By John Green

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

My favorite book of John Green. It’s the type of book that you can’t put down because you need to know what happened. I love how his characters here interacted with each other because it felt real. They have thoughts that aren’t necessarily relevant nor good, but thoughts that would cross your mind if you were in their position.


As Simple As Snow

By Gregory Galloway

A mesmerizing labyrinth of art, magic, cryptic codes, and young love that sparks the imagination and teases the mind-an arresting first novel about a young man’s quest to unravel the puzzle his missing girlfriend may (or may not) have left behind.

Anastasia (Anna) Cayne is a complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles and affectionate mind games, who spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and her energy and enthusiasm explode his quiet universe, revealing a world of Houdini tricks, strange art, covert messages, and ghost stories-although her past remains an even bigger enigma. Even so, he couldn’t be happier.

But a week before Valentine’s Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind nothing except a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions.

Determined to find Anna-to comprehend what happened, and why-he begins to retrace their past five months together. Soon the fragments of events, conversations, and letters (and new messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations about friends, about family, and especially, about Anna Cayne. And perhaps these revelations will solve the puzzle of Anna’s disappearance, whether it was her own invention, or is simply another of life’s great mysteries.

Amazingly, I recently found out that this book is John Green’s inspiration for Looking for Alaska. How amazing is that? I read this years and years ago and I absolutely love it. One of my favorite books, not just melancholic books favorite, but actually, all the books I’ve read and this is still on top favorite. Considering how many books I’ve read, its pretty amazing.


Veronika Decides to Die

By Paulo Coelho

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.

Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn’t kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.

The story follows Veronika through the intense week of self-discovery that ensues. To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience. In the heightened state of life’s final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before: hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening. She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges more open to life than ever before.

Another heavy read, but this has a lighter side, come to think of it. The first parts are unbearably heavy but it gets a bit lighter as you go along. A great read and I love the end. One of those that makes you rethink your mindset and life.


I love reading and rainy days just makes me want to curl up with a good book. Add tea or coffee with that and I’m set for the whole day. My absolute fave and would love for you guys to read is As Simple As Snow. I do hope you like this book list!


All synopsis and book photos from Goodreads.com

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