Take a break and kick back! Check out these 5 great reads for rainy days

Whether your plans were cancelled or you’ve simply succumbed to lethargy, rainy days are a great time for reading!

From warm and fuzzy to thought provoking, these five reads will satisfy your rainy-day fix.

1. A Dog’s Purpose

 Written in 2010 by author W. Bruce Cameron, this short novel

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follows several life cycles of the narrator where he/she lives through different dogs. Each dog’s life explores their relationships with other dogs, humans and more. The story tugs a tear or two as themes of obedience, unconditional love, companionship and survival work their way through the chapters. This is a great, quick read!

 

2. The Catcher in the Rye

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This well-known book by J.D. Salinger has been influencing minds since 1951. A brutally-honest narrative from the mind of a societally-scorned teen, this tale takes readers through the struggles of impending adulthood. Older brother and student, Holden Caulfield, battles the “phonies” of the world as he searches for purpose and identity.

 

 

 

3. My Sister’s Keeper

Though you may be skeptical after seeing advertisements

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for the 2009 film, this novel by Jodi Picoult surpasses it’s on-screen sibling. The narration revolves around the experiences of a family and those they encounter as one of two sisters petitions for medical emancipation from the family. If the petition is granted, she will not have to donate the kidney to her sister, Kate. Without the kidney Kate may, or may not, survive.  The story is as touching as it is heartbreaking with twists you definitely won’t see coming.

4. Tuesdays with Morrie

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This memoir by Mitch Albom recounts his conversations with former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz. Diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Schwartz has a short time to live before departing the physical world. Albom delivers their conversations alongside flashbacks from graduation and classroom experiences bringing the reader into the room with them. Themes of acceptance and understanding canvas the work, inviting the reader to consider issues beyond life itself and making this book a must-read.

5. The Thirteenth Tale

This page-turning novel by Diane Setterfield follows the ambitions of

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Margaret Lea, a woman born and raised in a bookstore, looking to become a biographer. Lea is commissioned to detail the life of Vida Winter, a famous novelist in the story. When she leaves home to live with Winter, she finds herself in a web of missing persons, incest, confused identities, arson, murder and much more. Though this novel is a tad longer than those above, it will certainly keep you occupied as it’s nearly impossible to put down!

Enjoy these suggestions, and may all your rainy days be grand!

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