Oh, winter. Snowflakes and made-for-TV movies, hot chocolate and the holiday season. Winter is around the corner and it’s bringing the cold with it. But not to worry, we got you covered. We’ll make sure you’re prepared with the perfect books to curl up under your blanket on a chilly winter evening.
Must-read books for the winter
There are literally millions of books to choose from, so narrowing down any kind of list is completely dependent on your taste. For this list, we’ll go with a mix of popular books and books we believe you won’t be able to put down. Most books on this list will be recent titles that have come out over the last few years and appeal to older adults. We’ll choose fiction and non-fiction, including some memoirs.
1. Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot
You’ll need to take a deep breath before reading this one. Heart Berries is a memoir by Terese Mailhot, written when she checked herself into a mental institution. It’s a story about a triggering relationship with her boyfriend, her attempt at a reconciliation with her father, and living with the rollercoaster in her mind after being diagnosed with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and bipolar II disorder. This is a heavy book, but a short read told from a raw perspective. If you’re into psychology books, this could be a great read for you.
2. Milkman by Anna Burns
If you want one of the most unique, humourous, almost startling stories of the past couple years, you must read Anna Burns Milkman. The surface story is about a teenage female protagonist, who doesn’t have a name, that is being stalked by an older man the neighbourhood has tagged the Milkman. Though the setting is also unnamed, it’s pretty clear it’s Northern Ireland in the 70s. It’s difficult to even explain where this novel takes you. It’s better you just jump right in and remove any expectations of a normal ride.
3. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Demaline
Yes, this is a Young Adult (YA) story, but worth reading nonetheless. The Marrow Thieves sets itself in a futuristic and dystopian Canada, when the population has lost its ability to dream. The only way they can regain this privilege is to steal the bone marrow from indigenous communities, who are on the run from these predators. Fair warning: you might want to grab the kleenex for the last 30 pages. If you like books set in Canada, this is one you’ll want to pick up!
4. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Where do we even begin with this book. The story’s inventiveness, both in how it’s written and the subject matter, captivates you from the very first page. Author Marlon James is a master, and A Brief History of Seven Killings is his masterpiece. The story tells the fictional (though based on real events) tale of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Throughout the story, James uses magic, mystery, and deceit to describe what happens to the seven would-be assassins. People say must-read all the time, but this one is a MUST READ.
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tami Adeyemi
Another YA novel, but there’s nothing wrong with tapping into your inner adventurer. Children of Blood and Bone is one of the more popular books of the last couple years and is already being turned into a movie. The best part about this book is that the characters are diverse, both in skin tone and in gender. It’s a fantasy story about a young girl who discovers she’s much more powerful than she ever imagined. But that power makes her wanted, and the king of this mythical nation won’t stop until he finds her.
6. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Every year, there’s one book that everyone can’t stop talking about. Where the Crawdads Sing is that book. It’s the number one bestseller of 2019 and is sure to win a bunch of literary prizes. Of course there’s a murder, and everyone wants to blame the “Marsh Girl.” But just because she’s spent years alone in the marsh and away from society doesn’t mean she’s a killer. This book has remnants of Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn) and Secret History (Donna Tartt) all over it.
7. Becoming by Michelle Obama
OK, we held off as long as we could, but how can you resist. Becoming has sold over 10 million copies and is a runaway hit. Michelle Obama beautifully articulates her early life in Chicago to her time as a lawyer and on to the stress of being the first lady. This book has been on everyone’s list for the past two years and it should be. It’s an obvious choice but a good one nonetheless. It’s one of those moments that you need to experience.
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