Winter is what you make of it. You can hide from the cold indoors in your flannel pyjamas and a good book or you can spend it taking walks outside and sipping on hot cups of tea in a park. Whatever you choose to do, we couldn’t be happier for you! We definitely fall into the first category and are willing to find any excuse to cozy up with a good read. Because of how many books we’ve gone through over the past few months, we thought we’d share our winter reading list with you!
Rules of Civility by Amos Towles
Imagine if Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte lived in New York not in the early 00s but in the 1930s. This book is one of those books that makes you hold your breath with each page, letting your eyes savour each and every word. A story of romance and serendipity, Rules of Civility follows the witty, clever Katey through love, loss and lots of martinis.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Written by one of the most appealing women in American political history, Michelle Obama’s memoir takes in intimate look at her childhood, motherhood, work and relationships. We love this book for its honesty, wit and compelling story telling. She gives readers an in depth look at what it took to be the First Lady, raise her children and be a wife all while supporting the man who led the nation. A great pick for an autobiography!
Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This is Hogan’s debut novel and is heart-warming, familiar and lovely. It follows the story of lost things and the people who lose, and find them. The novel goes back and forth between two time periods that span over four decades. In the first we meet Eunice who becomes the secretary and companion to a genial publisher while in the second, we follow Laura’s story as she works as a housekeeper for Anthony and ageing author. This is a brilliant feel good book that will leave you feeling warm and toasty inside.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Though this may sound like an academic textbook on feminism, it really isn’t though it does tackle the topic very nicely. Set much before the Me Too movement, this book neatly brings together second wave feminism, love, femininity, personal struggle and friendship in one well written package. This is a wonderful read for a book club or for when you want something that is easy to digest yet meaningful.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book has also been made into a movie so you can only imagine how inspiring it is. The book follows a grumpy man called Ove in his home plotting his own suicide which for one reason or another keeps getting postponed. This book will have you laughing out loud, crying and just sighing really loudly. It’s a story about true love and loss and takes place in snowy Sweden making it the perfect winter time read!