It’s only November, but we’re already feeling Jack Frost nipping at our noses. So instead of putting on multiple layers and going out to brave the cold and snow, do what I’m doing this winter — staying home curled up by the fire with a warm blanket, cup of hot chocolate and a good book to read. Sure Netflix might be calling your name, but winter is the perfect time to use the great excuse to stay in and get to those books you’ve been saying you’d read this year.
The following are six titles that I know will warm up your winter this year. Some I’ve read, and some are on my list to get to, and I hope you add them to your winter reading list too!
1. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
There are two sides to every story, and like many of us know first-hand, two people in a marriage that can have two very different perspectives on things. Through times of passion and betrayal, revenge and restitution, author Lauren Groff closely examines a marriage while creatively portraying the complex partnership of the marriage.
2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This isn’t your typical story about a harsh circumstance and fate bringing two people together who immediately fall in love and fight to have their happily ever after. It is, however, a complex story of political power, deceit, loyalty, magic, freedom and family, with slavery, fighting and two love triangles thrown into the mix.
3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
War stories often focus on the men fighting said war. But author Kristin Hannah takes an intimate spin, telling a war from the women’s side. This WWII novel follows two French sisters who embark on their own path to find freedom and love in German-occupied France.
4. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
We’ve all had a grumpy neighbor before, and in this story, Ove is that neighbor. But the point of this novel is to portray how one person can have a far-reaching impact on an infinite amount of people. On those dark, cold days, this feel-good, quirky novel will definitely lift your spirits.
5. The Martian by Andy Weir
This book was so good they made it into a movie; a Matt Damon movie you probably have seen. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, you have to read this brilliantly suspenseful thriller about an astronaut’s tale of survival. (The books are always better than the movies, right?)
6. The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble
Addie has been living a quiet life, but one stormy night discovers she’s been living a lie. She decides to take the risk and secretly embrace her new life where she finds love and her real father. This is the first book in a Mercy Falls series by Colleen Coble, so if you like this one, you better add the others to your reading list as well.
What’s on your reading list this winter? I love getting new recommendations, so if you’ve read any can’t-put-down books that aren’t on this list that you think we should read, please share them with us in the comments. And if you’re craving more recommendation for chilly weather, check out last year’s top 10 picks for winter reading!