Rainy day reads 2014

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By Regina May Cajucom

Serendipity Couch

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


IT'S that time of year.

Light rain. Heavy drizzle. Fog and haze. The heavenly scent of fresh brew in your coffee table. The sweet scent of fresh linen in your bed.

The warmth of your blanket. The comfort of a good book: one that makes you smile, or sigh, or laugh, or cry; one that makes you think, or challenges the truths you know so far.

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Thanks to social media I have found what is claimed to be the word for it: pluviophile - (n.) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days. Of course I cannot claim to be that way all the time, I'm probably a "relative" pluviophile, i.e. a pluviophile only if I am in the safety and warmth of my home, a good read within arm's reach.

As has been couch tradition for years now, here are this year's book recommendations for rainy days:

The Catastrophic History of You and Me (Jess Rothenberg, 2012). Story of a girl who dies of a broken heart. Literally. With the help of a resident lost soul (a toughie who's a hottie, what else), she had to go through five stages of grief in order for her soul to move on. A really light read that will make you giggle and sigh. Did I tell you I'm a sucker for YA (Young Adult) reads?

Landline (Rainbow Rowell, 2014). This YA author has never failed me in the giddy smile-heartbreak-misty eyes department. This new book however, may just be more "adult" than YA (Huh?). It is about a woman whose marriage is (beginning to be) in trouble, but discovered a telephone (hence, the title) through which she can communicate with her husband in the past, before they were a couple - giving her a double-edged-knife opportunity of sorts: should she try to "fix" the marriage or "erase" it before it starts. This book was published only last July 8, and I have yet to read it, but knowing Rainbow Rowell, it will be one enjoyable and interesting read.

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun (Gretchen Rubin, 2009). Many of you may have probably crossed over to non-fiction reads. This should be a great read for a rainy day. Who doesn't want happiness? I am not a big fan of how-to books especially where emotions (and behavior?) are concerned; some I have read so far tend to give hasty generalizations and formulaic approaches not altogether applicable to me. But hey, sometimes just an awareness of such little things that can make you happy can make a big difference, so why deny yourself that? It's perfect for non-pluviophiles I should say, a little sunshine on your rainy day. (What's up with me and rhyming today?)

Hope you enjoy your reading adventure this rainy season. Keep safe and warm, everyone. (serendipity.couch@gmail.com/www.serendipitycouch.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 10, 2014.

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