My Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 1:

List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.


Any- and everything that — with or without a mug of hot tea and some chocolate or other snacks — makes me feel all warm and comfortable (while still engaging my brain cells, at least on occasion):

  • Golden Age mysteries, particularly my favorites by Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ngaio Marsh (as well as, more recently, Patricia Wentworth, Josephine Tey, John Dickson Carr — and on the other side of the Pond, Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series).
  • P.D. James’s Inspector Dalgliesh and Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series.
  • Ellis Peters’s Brother Cadfael series, C.J. Sansom’s Shardlake books, and other historical fiction favorites.
  • Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
  • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
  • Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
  • Jane Austen’s novels, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and North and South, E.M. Forster’s Howards End, and Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women.
  • Even some grittier stuff, as long as it mentally takes me to a place that — literarily or in real life — I consider “home” (looking at you, Inspector Rebus and Harry Bosch).
  • And this time of the year, of course, most of the books on my Christmas Reading list!


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