Top 5 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! This week’s theme is all about rainy day reads. Now, me personally, when it starts raining outside, it immediately puts me in a mood for a spooky read. Whether it’s thriller, mystery, or horror, I want to read something that’s gonna make my spine tingle.

That being said, here are some of favorite rainy day reads that definitely delivered on the spooky/thrilling factor!


#1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This is my favorite Ruth Ware novel so far! And I think it definitely qualifies when it comes to spookiness. I spent most of the novel wondering whether or not there were ghosts involved. There were so many moments that just added to the tension in such a great way. Add in some creepy little kids and this book is just A++. I had such a good time reading this one!

#2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

This is technically billed as a fantasy, but the second installment in the Wayward Children series definitely leans into horror. Not only is this an incredible novella, but the setting, the Moors, is pretty much the perfect setting for a rainy day read, imo. This continues to be my favorite installment in this series and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I just love how creepy and odd the Moors are and I could read an entire series set there.

#3. The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining and Pet Semetary are constantly battling it out to be my favorite Stephen King novel. I love them both so much! I think, currently, The Shining is winning. There’s just something about this horrifying hotel and the family trapped there during the winter that pulls me in. So, if I’m looking for some creepiness on a nice, rainy day, this is definitely a book I would pick up.

#4. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

This is a more recent favorite that absolutely blew me away! I suppose it’s not so much spooky as unsettling at various times throughout the tale. I love this mystery with a side of fantasy featuring a mysterious map and danger around every turn. I was so pulled into the story that I read this almost 400 page book in one day! It makes me want to read Peng Shepherd’s backlist.

#5. Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

I read this thriller for a blog tour and was so happy that I decided to sign up. I ended up loving this one so much! It definitely has a spooky vibe, complete with a creepy house filled with creepy happenings. It was such a quick, intriguing read that kept me guessing. I really need to check out this author’s backlist as well because I loved her writing style! All in all, this was a great thriller and definitely perfect for a rainy day.


What are your top five rainy day reads? Do you like to read spooky books like me when it’s raining, or does it call me mind a different genre? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

    • There’s definitely more mystery/thriller than straight up scary in The Cartographers. I think you’ll be okay if you read it! There’s a lot to the story and it’s such an engaging read 😊

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