Top Ten Tuesdays was created by The Broke and Bookish, but is now hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl and anyone is free to participate! This week’s topic is Rainy day reads. Rainy day reads to me either fast reads or sad reads (which letsbehonest, I love sad books). So I’m coming at you with some books I read really fast, and some also very sad (but good!) reads. Also, some of these are very much crossover between sad and fast reads—they’re definitely not mutually exclusive!

Fast reads

A lot of fast reads for me aren’t necessarily that it took me a short time to read it—but more that it compelled me to keep reading and instilled a sense of urgency in me. So yes, some of these are graphic novels that you can read quickly, but a lot of them had such an amazing story I just devoured them.

  • Something About Us by Yunji Lee
    I just really want EVERYONE to read this webtoon/graphic novel. It’s SO. GOOD. It’s got amazing things (friends-to-lovers, college setting, friend dynamics, learning from mistakes). It’s just enough drama, and Gayoung and Woojin are SO good together. I love them. I recently just reread this and finished it in less than 48 hours.
  • Love Looks Pretty On You by Lang Leav
    I LOVED this poetry collection. I had never read Leav before, but I’m a big fan now! This was affirming and validating in all the right ways. I felt like she was speaking to my inner soul; so I read it in less than 48 hours.
  • Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
    I can’t stop thinking about this book, and for all my US friends, it will be released in June this year! I ordered it off book depository and so was able to read it early and I. REGRET. NOTHING.

Sad reads

I love me some emotional, sad reads. When my partner and I were dating, he knew I liked to read—so he asked me for some book recommendations. I proceeded to give him The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Night by Eli Wiesel, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Needless to say he was a bit surprised how serious they all were. But hey, I like what I like!

  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    This was so sad and tragic. If you’ve read my review you know I quickly read through it—but it also was so emotional and just wow. TJR fan for life.
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
    This is book was also very sad and tragic; but my favorite part of this book was getting to see the two characters grow up together and then grow together. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a second chance romance either! It just hit all the right notes and I think it’s the most underrated Christina Lauren book there is.
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
    I think because of the subject matter and the title, this book just screams rainy days. This book was so important to me because it helped me make a lot of life choices and influenced me in a lot of ways.