Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week, we are thinking about rainy day reads. Those books that are perfect for curling up with inside when the weather is horrendous outside. I’ve decided to pick books that are easy to read, fast paced and totally binge-able.

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A List of Cages

This book surprised me. I don’t think I’ve seen it enough around the blogosphere. Such an important story to be read. I highly recommend it.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

If you’re avoiding this book because of the hype, please don’t! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I bloomin’ loved this book! I really didn’t expect to like it as much.

The Silent Patient

One of my favourite reads of this year! I highly recommend this book.

The Flower Girls

I’m into my thrillers, as you can see and this one is so worth curling up with!

Apple of My Eye

This one had me totally gripped!

What If It's Us

Two of my favourites…writing together. This romance is so easy to get involved in.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I think this book is highly original!

A Sky Painted Gold

Such an atmospheric read. I was really impressed by this book.

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Ooh, this is an intense but SO good read. I can imagine that this could be easily read in a few hours. It’s gripping.

Tell me about your favourite rainy day reads! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about platonic relationships. We could pick friendships, parent/child, siblings etc.

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Megan and Eric- The Hidden Memory Of Objects- Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

Such a wonderful friendship!

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Typical sisters! They love each other but hate each other at moments.

Female characters in A Sky Painted Gold- Laura Wood

A Sky Painted Gold

Such strong female friendships. Always lovely to read.

Lucy and her parents- The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

A heart-warming, close relationship between Lucy and her parents!

Female friendships-Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

They didn’t tear each other down, despite having different views- I appreciated that.

Soloman and his parents- Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Soloman’s parents are so supportive of his mental health. This book is simply wonderful.

Paige and her friends- The Start Of Me And You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1)

Paige’s friends rally around her when she needs them!

Cate and her sister Tess- The Cahill Chronicles- Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Cate has interesting relationships with her sisters, but I loved her connection with her sister, Tess.

Taylor and her father- Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

A close father/daughter relationship. Heart-breaking!

Harry and Ron- Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I couldn’t really mention these two! Loved their friendship. It was very realistic with ups and downs along the way.

Feel free to link me to your post this week so I can come and check out the platonic relationships that you’ve discussed!

A Sky Painted Gold

A Sky Painted Gold

How did I get it?:
Sent to me by the publisher, many thanks to Scholastic!

Synopsis:

Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer – a handsome, dashing brother and sister – Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams.

But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions… And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?

 

Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, so when I was given the opportunity to be sent a copy of Laura Wood’s A Sky Painted Gold, I snapped it up.  I’m into my historical fiction so that’s something about the book that definitely pulled me in. Usually historical fiction involves a lot of heavy plot lines. This book was so different because it was like an every day story but without all of our current modernness. It almost felt like a period drama. I can definitely see the links to The Great Gatsby. I’m so pleased I read this book because I really thought that it was a gem!

It centres around Lou who has a middle-class family. Lou is close to her sister Alice, who has just got married. Lou feels alone and knows she should be getting ready to get married herself, but she doesn’t feel quite ready yet. Lou ends up befriending the upper class Cardew family. She gets on well with the sister, Caitlin and is intrigued by Robert, the brother. Lou’s life begins to change. She attends loads of parties and events. She’s swept up in the glamour even though she knows she doesn’t really fit in.

I thought this story was so well crafted. It really captured my attention and I found it hard to put down. Laura Wood has such a fantastic writing style. I sometimes can find it quite hard to read books where they’re not particularly fast paced. I can be easily bored, however, with Laura Wood’s writing,  I was immediately captivated by the setting and the characters. The romance was a slow burner as well which I totally appreciate. I’m bored of insta-love.

The characters are so wonderful. I immediately really liked Caitlin. Her relationship with her sister was very realistic and heart-warming at the same time. I loved that the female friendships in this book were so strong. We definitely need to see more of that!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did! Highly recommended!