April Showers Bring My Favorite Rainy Day Reads

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jana in List / 119 Comments

I don’t know about you, but my April has been filled with showers… and blizzards. And when the weather is like that, I want to curl up with a light, warm fuzzies kind of book and escape the yucky weather. I love reading books set at the beach, on vacation, or during the summer or springtime.

I’ve put together a collage of some of my favorite springtime books and beach reads to beat those rainy day blues! And don’t worry! I see sunshine in your future. :)


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (My Review)
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (My Review)
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (My Review)
Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves (My Review)
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson (My Review)
My Ridiculous, Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite (My Review)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (My Review)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (My Review)
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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119 responses to “April Showers Bring My Favorite Rainy Day Reads

  1. Here are a few ‘light’ reads that I really enjoyed:
    The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate
    Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera
    The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean
    Anything by Sophie Kinsella :)
    Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie

    It’s funny. Looking through my shelves on GR has led me to the realization that I don’t read nearly enough ‘light’ reads. All of my reads are far too serious and depressing. lol

  2. From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas (I read this at the beach last year and it was a perfect light, fun book).
    Gimme a Call or Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski were both adorable.
    The Ghost and the Goth series was super fun too!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Lea

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    A fun book I recently read was “Goodnight Tweetheart” by Teresa Medeiros. I picked it up at the used bookstore because it compared itself to “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” It was pretty light and fluffy.

    • Oh, you’re so welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

      I’d heard of Goodnight Tweetheart, but not a lot about it specifically. I love you’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, so this could be fun! Thanks!

  4. I recommend… When Summer Ends by Isabelle Rae, Hope’s Chance by Jennifer Foor, Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines & Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines. These are some of the books I would read at the beach. I hope you will like them. Enjoy :)

  5. If I’m looking for warm fuzzies and cute spring/summer reads, I pretty much always turn to chicklit, and more to the point: books by Jill Mansell, Sophie Kinsella or Alexandra Potter. I’m so ready for summer to get here!

    • Daisy, with all the talking you do about Jill Mansell, I really need to read her books! I own a few, but which title of her is your favorite? I also love Sophie, and I’ve read an Alexandra Potter book as well that was cute. Her books are hard to come by, though. Not sure why. Thanks!

    • Can you believe I’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book? I really need to, because her titles always pop up on beach read lists. Eleanor and Park is on my Kindle ready for my vacation! So glad you loved it too!

  6. The “light” reads I enjoy and continue to enjoy are:

    -The Royal Diaries series
    -39 Clues series
    -Geronimo Stilton
    -Shopaholic novels
    -A Series of Unfortunate Events

    • I love Maureen Johnson, and have been meaning to read this one! And I really need to get on Sarah Dessen novels. I have not read one yet! Thanks!

  7. Warm and fuzzy? Warm and fuzzy … I’m trying to think of something warm and fuzzy that I’ve read recently. Poison by Bridget Zinn is a really fun read. And whenever I can, I love to recommend Emily’s Dress & Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak. It’s probably in my top five favorite books of all time. Though, it’s not really warm and fuzzy–but it is about healing.

    • Poison is definitely on my list! It sounds so fun! And Emily’s Dress & Other Missing Things… what a fun title! I’m off to look it up! Thank you!

  8. What about Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella? It’s my favourite chick lit ever.

    I’m rereading the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. It’s YA vampire fluff, which isn’t usually my thing but I love it so much. It’s one of those series that isn’t actually written that well, but the atmosphere and the plot are so good that you don’t really care :)

    • I’ve heard so many people talking about Can You Keep A Secret! I need to read it soon, because I loved I’ve Got Your Number. :) Thank you!

    • I haven’t, but I’ve heard wonderful things. I worry they will make me cry, though. I hate crying. :P How did you feel about them?

  9. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie!
    I love Spring. It’s when the cold and ice of winter melts away and flowers begin to bloom. The grass becomes green again. The birds chirp in the trees. And the weather warms, which is probably the very best part! So far, I have experienced many April showers. I can’t wait for their inevitable consequence: flowers!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Spring!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  10. I loved My Life Next Door, Second Chance Summer, The Book of Luke and Dream Chaser.. I also adore Sarah Dessen’s books. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    – Diana @amalia_chartres

  11. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler was pretty good.
    The Karma Club by Jessica Brody was light and funny.
    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins was cute and funny.

  12. Isa

    A lot of the contemporary books I read are quite sad but try Along for the Ride or The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  13. I had to rack my brain a bit, since I only really read stuff that’s super-emotional and slightly dark, but you could check out Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

  14. RIN

    Hmmm… nice fuzzy reads. I don’t read a ton of nice, fuzzy reads, but maybe… My Life Next Door? It’s not fuzzy all the way through, but it did kinda have that overall feel for me.

  15. Suz

    I read this and thought it was light and funny – Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) – MaryJanice Davidson. Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

  16. I entered your rainy day reads book giveaway.
    It would be great to win a book of my choice from
    The Book Depository.
    I suggest that you read Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  17. Going Vintage and The Probability of Love at First Sight are both pretty light reads. I loved the witty banter in Going Vintage, and Probability was really good too. They are both written really well, I would totally recommend those :)
    And I would also recommend Back to You by Priscilla Glenn. It is neither light nor fluffy but it is so good. It isn’t too intense or angsty, and the characters are so amazing. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since I read it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  18. I can recommend Morgan Matson’s books! I loved Amy&Roger!s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer! Also Just Listen by Sarah Dessen is amazing!

  19. Light and fuzzy? Hmm… I really enjoyed This Is What Happy Looks Like but I see you have it in your list of rainy days… It’s just that here it doesn’t rain too much :)