Snuggle up with these 10 Recommended Books this Winter

Why do we read? Why do we pick up a volume and get a thrill out of having the touch of bound paper between our hands, as we turn each page in anticipation? Why do we spend hours meandering the endless shelves of bookstores, and get swept away in the sea of paperback and hard covers?

We escape to other world beyond our own and beyond our day-to- day imagination. We let ourselves get carried away in the wonderful cocktail of feelings that books bring into our lives. They make us dreamers, deep thinkers, adventurers, detectives, romantics…

In pursuit of happiness among the ongoing ribbons of words, either bound or digitally in a Kindle, I found these ten books each in their own right a key into another world; one where I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them:

  1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Another great book by an exceptional favourite, Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers with incredible empathy, intelligence and candour.

  1. Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

When I saw this book cover, I knew it would be an interesting read. Today Will be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

  1. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Moriarty is a house-hold name; and she does it again in a powerful way. She takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyers

We all know this has been turned into a movie; but we also know that books are better and deeper than movies. Me Before You is a heart-rending tale of Louisa, a young woman who finds herself in a predicament: how to convince Will, a young paralysed man in her care, that he has something to live for.

  1. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Ah, Lauren Graham; can we ever get enough of her? She’s always been our favourite kindred spirit since Gilmore Girls, and parent from Parenthood. And now she’s written something for us to enjoy time and time again! This book is her witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel and New York Times bestseller about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead, and keep it together, in New York City. Aren’t we all struggling, in the city of our dreams?

  1. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

This book catches your attention because it’s different. The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.

  1. The Life-Writer by David Constantine

With a truthfully sombre tone, Constantine’s passionate tale of grief and rediscovery marks only the second foray into novel writing for an author whose short fiction has won international acclaim. A great work of literature, he reminds us, is never finished, it is ‘a living and moving thing, alive in all its parts in every fibre’, designed to be inexhaustible and to outlive. As Katrin’s journey proves, the lives of those we love are similarly inexhaustible, they keep on offering up new revelations, possessing the people they leave behind, and forever needing to be re-written.

  1. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

His name says it all; his writing sparks something in us with each novel. #1 New York Times bestselling author Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards. This is a powerful story of unconditional love, not only between these two characters but also with the family members that surround them. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, but it’s how you take each step forward, how you mend or break bonds, that can define your future.

  1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Music is another way we escape and something that influences us all on a personal level. Swing Time is a dazzlingly energetic and deeply human story about friendship and music and stubborn roots; about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

  1. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

At first I thought it read Bittersweet, only for me to do a double-take and see the word flipped. Sweetbitter is a lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. It’s a story of discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment. What could be better?

 

 

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