Book List

8 Books to Read in a Thunderstorm

August 8, 2018
Jess Harold
Riveted Editorial Board

There is so much you can do to stay inside on a rainy day, but is there anything better than curling up on a dark and stormy night (or morning, or afternoon!) with a cup of tea and a brand-new book? If there is, we haven’t found it.

Sometimes all you need to do is put on your favorite quiet time music to drown out the thunder, light some candles, and chase away the rain with an amazing book. Here are some of my favorites to read while waiting out a stormy day.

8 Books to Read in a Thunderstorm

1. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Three sisters in the town of Sparrow were sentenced to death for witchery, and every summer for two centuries, they return, to seek revenge by luring and drowning boys in the water surrounding Sparrow. Penny Talbot fears that this curse will claim the life of a handsome newcomer, Bo. This salty, rain-soaked town is the perfect setting for a story full of twists, turns, and truths revealed.

2. See All the Stars by Kit Frick

Last year Ellory had it all: best friends, a boyfriend, clarity, direction. Now after a two-month suspension, she’s back in school, completely alone and riddled with guilt. The mysterious letters she’s receiving don’t help either. Flashbacks to throughout offer a trail of breadcrumbs to a total shocker at the end.  This debut novel comes out 8/14, so you can preorder this binge worthy summer thriller now!

3. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

As a painting prodigy, Isobel is well-accustomed to her immortal and infallible clientele, until the Autumn Prince, Rook, commissions her. But she makes a fatal mistake in painting mortal sorrow in his eyes, a crime she must stand trial for in the Autumnlands. They’re quickly waylaid by trouble on their journey, and the fight for survival drives the two closer than they ever thought they could be.

4. Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

After her sister is enslaved by a manipulative monarch, Faris must band together with a rag-tag crew to smuggle stolen magic into a neighboring kingdom. With a forbidden romance, amazing characters, and a sequel on the way, this is a great choice for a rainy day read.

5. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Lennon and Zorie never let their parents’ feud stop them from being best friends, until the homecoming dance drove a wedge so deep between them that they won’t even speak to each other. But they certainly face the elements when they are abandoned by their friends in the wilderness—especially a rainstorm that turns steamy!

6. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

The town of Three Graces sits in the shadows of the Devil’s Forest, but remains untouched by sickness, famine, or blight. Every seven years, when the Slaughter Moon rises, they send their “best boy” into the forest as sacrifice for prosperity. But this time, the moon has risen early. The heir to the Grace witches’ secrets, an outcast, and the expected sacrifice all risk their lives to discover the truth behind the bargain in the hopes of saving everyone they love, including each other. Strange Grace is spooky, spine-tingling, and subverts traditions of fantasy in such a way that only a writer like Tessa Gratton could. You’ll have to wait until 9/18 to purchase, but trust us, the anticipation is worth it.

7. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Cartaxus is a dangerous corporation that has taken advantage of a violently deadly epidemic in order to take full control of the human population. They have kidnapped Catarina Agatta’s father, a prolific gene hacker, and imprisoned him to work on a cure that the masses must pay for with their compliance. But when Cat learns her father has been killed and she must rely on her own skills to unlock the truth…hidden in the genes of a Cartaxus soldier. This was one of our favorite books of 2017, and the sequel promises to deliver on the burning questions we were left with at the end.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Ari has always been a loner, but meeting Dante makes him want to be so much more. Over the course of several years, the boys learn, grow, and change, but their one constant is their devotion to each other. Many pivotal moments in the novel happen when it rains, and most importantly, a kiss scene with one of the most tender “I love you” moments possibly in all of young adult literature. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, try listening to the audiobook, read by Lin-Manuel Miranda!