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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Duke chapter.

Between hurricane turned tropical storm Florence, flash flood/tornado induced half days, and just general North Carolina temperamental weather, we’ve had our fair share of rain recently. While getting ahead on projects, and binge watching The Office for the 9th time are great ways to pass the time, sometimes all a rainy day really calls for is curling up with a good book. If you’re looking for your next rainy day read, look no further!


1.) When you want something quick and easy:

  • World War Z by Max Brooks

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This is the perfect page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat, ready to jump at every thunder. Plus, if you’ve already seen the movie, it’ll be easy to pick up whenever you have a break, and put back down when you need to make Pitchforks run!


  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

via: Penguin Books

A classic tale of love and loss with a little mystery mixed in, John Green does it again with his newest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. On top of this, he explores anxiety on a realistic level, pulling from his own experiences to write from a poignant perspective that’ll keep you interested til the end.


2.) When you want something to transport you away

  • Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling


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Want to get away from dreary old Duke? Why not pick up the classic magical tale that transports you to Hogwarts where witchcraft and wizardry are the norm and reading about trips to snowy Hogsmeade makes your mouth water for butterbeer? The best part? Someone on your hall definitely has at least one HP in stock, so you won’t even have to go to the library!


  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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If you can’t stop sending GIFs from Netflix’s TATBILB, then you should definitely check out the original novel by Jenny Han! This adorable rom com will quickly take your mind off the clouds, and put you into 16-year-old Lara Jean’s shoes for a fake romance that will sweep you off your feet!


3.) When you want something to make you think

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Set in a future dystopian North America, Margaret Atwood paints a not too far fetched depiction of gender inequality multiplied on an exponential scale. This book is sure to make you contemplate the comparisons to current policy perpetuating inequality in the U.S. today. Plus, the end of the book is only the beginning of a new show to binge on Hulu, where author Margaret Atwood consults on extending the world of The Handmaid’s Tale to be even more applicable to today’s political climate.


  • Thinking Fast and Slow by David Kahneman

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Thinking is in the name of the book, and for good reason. This psychology classic will keep your brain moving as Kahneman explores the various ways our emotional, intuitive side guides the majority of our decision making when in reality we should be allowing our slower, logical side to do more work. Best part of this book? You’ll be stocked with pages of fun facts and conversation starters for when you have to be social again post storm.  


  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson


via. You Be Relentless

This unconventional how to book will make you question how you approach life, and how that reflects on you and controls outcomes in your life. If popular self-help books emphasizing endless positivity don’t make sense to you, but you’re still looking for advice on how to improve your mindset, this is the perfect read for you!

Branch out from your usual rainy day vegging, and try out a few of these!

I am a senior at Duke University studying psychology and history, and I have been writing with Her Campus since I was a freshman. Having this incredible community of empowering women to build me up when I need support and to give me an outlet when I need to vent has been one of the greatest aspects of my Duke career! I am so sad to leave them soon, but I am excited to pursue my J.D. at Georgetown in the fall!