Winter reading is my favorite. There’s something about being barricaded indoors that sets the perfect mood for grabbing a new book and cozying up in a warm spot. I compiled a list of books I have read recently that moved me to think, smile and (I’ll admit) tear up. If you’re looking for a new book to cozy up to on a cold night, I would recommend any of the following five.
I have been a reading machine this Summer. Between professional reading and reading during my downtime on our recent trip to Europe (think long plane/train rides), I have racked up a few digital pages. I finally invested in a Kindle, and I could not be more happy with my purchase. I was previously a devout physical, paper-page-turner, but could not justify lugging around extra weight in the form of books during our honeymoon. So, if anyone is still on the fence, like I had been for years—I highly recommend this one.
So, I joined an actual book club, which is a lot more fun than just reading books on my own. We met up and gabbed, enjoyed Chinese and wine. We agreed on starting with an attention grabbing book to kick things off. The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica was one of the suggestions thrown out to the group. We all decided it would be a great novel to read based on the summary, a little “Gone Girl” meets “The Widow” and I promptly picked up a copy.
While in Hawaii, I was looking for a book to enjoy on the beach since I had already finished the one I brought with me. I had known for quite some time that I wanted to read When Breath Becomes Air, from hearing about it on A Cup of Jo. I was hesitant to pick it up as a beach read, due to its content, but I am so glad I did.
Aloha! One thing I absolutely enjoy about vacation is uninterrupted time with a new book. I know I’ll have a solid amount of time to read on the plane, or on the beach. And it’s a wonderful way for me to relax and be able to read a novel cover to cover. I started only a few pages of The Silent Sister: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain, prior to our flight to Hawaii. It was, as it states on the cover from Kirkus Reviews, “Compulsively readable.” I almost finished it by the time we laded in Kona. If anyone is looking for a page turner, this one’s for you.
In an effort to get back into reading (and not fill my brain with so much House of Cards), I decided to start a Book Club series on the blog. I plan to share my thoughts and reviews about recent books I read because there is nothing I love more than a solid book recommendation (and not spending all of my free time reading House of Cards). This series is getting initiated with The Widow by Fiona Barton. This 324-page mystery/thriller/suspense novel was a great way for me to get back into reading again. And, with all of my Book Club posts, I plan to offer a free copy of the book to those that comment below (more details in the post).