Are you feeling gray? Don’t worry, it is natural during the monsoon season in India. I suggest you chase away the monsoon blues through reading. Yes, many web series and movies are regularly released on OTT platforms, but the aromatic smell of a book can never be replaced.

There is no other feeling as blissful as sitting inside your blanket fort, sipping a cup of hot coffee or chocolate, and reading a fantastic novel when it is raining cats and dogs outside. So, I have curated a list of excellent books belonging to various genres that you can read on a rainy day.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Genre- Gothic Fiction

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You must have already read this novel at some point in your life. Most of you might even have got the chance to read a few pages of this classic fiction in school. Wuthering Heights is a great read that will keep you engaged till the last page this monsoon. 

The only novel by the famous author, Emily Bronte, it was initially published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. After its publication, ‘Wuthering Heights’ received mixed reviews from bibliophiles worldwide.

However, now we know what kind of classic literature it is! Be it ballet or film, the book has inspired several adaptations. 

At the beginning of the story, we see Mr. Earnshaw, a farmer belonging to Yorkshire and also Wuthering Heights’ owner, bringing home Heathcliff, an orphan.

The rest of the tale is based on how the lives of everyone in Wuthering Heights, including this orphan, change after Earnshaw arrives in the town. 

Love Story by Erich Segal 

Genre- Romantic Tragedy

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Are you fond of reading romantic stories? Then, this book is a perfect read- an evergreen romantic tale that generates the same emotions every time you read it. 

It revolves around a romantic and funny yet tragic saga. ‘Love Story’ narrates how two college sweethearts overcame their challenges. Their mutual love and affection will undoubtedly make you sob as you reach the story’s climax. 

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Genre- High Fantasy

Perhaps you have already watched the TV series. However, I am sure many of you have not yet read the books. If so, this monsoon is the time when you can curl up with the set. I think you should start with the first book in the series. 

This story occurs in the fictional continents called Essos and Westeros. It constitutes three powerful stories. The primary theme throughout the book is dynastic war among various clans and families. 

Though it centers on the fantasy genre, the series has received numerous positive reviews due to the magnificent diverse depiction of religion and female characters. 

You will love the novel series if you have enjoyed watching the GOT series!

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Genre- Psychological Thriller

This book has been adapted into a movie recently. According to critics, ‘The Girl on The Train’ is the next ‘Gone Girl.’ If you love to read fiction, you will undoubtedly enjoy reading this one-of-a-kind contemporary literature. 

The story is based on the lives of three women: Megan, Rachel, and Anna. Rachel, an alcoholic girl on the train, watches and admires Megan’s life from the train’s window daily. The other girl, Anna, is Rachel’s ex-husband’s present wife, who was once his mistress.

She is scared of Rachel’s aggressive conduct. Although Megan looks happy overtly, she is hiding a massive secret from everyone, including Scott, her husband. The remaining story revolves around the incidents when one of the girls goes missing. 

The specialty of the novel is its fast pace. In addition, its gripping narration will make you finish it in one sitting. 

The Room on The Roof by Ruskin Bond

Genre- Indian Fiction

It is the first literary fiction novel of the legendary author Ruskin Bond and is an ideal read during the monsoons. 

The novel’s setting in Dehradun focuses on a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, Rusty. Unfortunately, this lad was orphaned and entrusted to Mr. Harrison’s care.

However, when he could no longer bear his guardian’s strict rules, he fled away to the local area of Dehradun inhabited by Indians. As the story unfolds, we see how Rusty deals with real life. 

Dehradun’s scenic beauty through the lens of Mr. Bond will make you fall in love with the novel. Filled with twists and turns, the tale keeps the readers hooked till the very end. The intrigue of the story stems from various unanticipated incidents. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Genre- Novella

Are you interested in reading a short, intriguing novella? If yes, you can pick this famous novella by Charles Dickens. It revolves around the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, who is not so pleasing a human being despite being a fantastic businessman.

The story begins on a cold night with the ghost of Mr. Scrooge’s friend, Mr. Jacob Marley visiting Mr. Scrooge. This spirit informs the latter about his life as a cursed spirit.

He goes on to narrate how Mr. Scrooge can utilize his last chance to escape the terrible fate like that of Mr. Marley. What happens after Mr. Scrooge meets with this spirit forms the story’s climax. 

This novella is an excellent read for monsoon as it entertains and enlightens you. 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Genre- Fantasy

We all know how magical monsoon is. The list of best reads for this enchanting season is incomplete without including the supernatural Harry Potter series. Whether you have read it earlier, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ is great to start your monsoon with.  

The delightful story becomes more enjoyable as you delve into it with your imagination and creativity while focusing on the tiny narrative details. No doubt J.K. Rowling has cast magic in this series through the minute details in her writing. 

Very soon, you might witness the sky sulking, the dark clouds hovering, and the cool breezes blowing. What are you waiting for? Get your Kindle or paperbacks and snuggle yourself in your reading nook. 

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