The dead of winter has finally set in. Snowstorms are beginning to take control for those of us that live in the mid-east of the country. This can only mean one thing: find a good book. Curling up on the sofa or in your bed while watching winter flurry around you is one of the most magical feelings in the world. Spending the day reading and then playing board games at night? Best. Day. Ever. Here are some of my favorites books to read when it’s just way too cold to go outside.
Non-Fiction | The Bait of Satan by John Bevere
This book is easily my favorite Christian/self-help book I’ve ever read. I honestly think every person in the world should read this- Christian or not. This book really digs deep into the idea of offense and how it holds us back. Half the time you’re offended and you don’t even know it. At a time of reflection, this is such a great book to start out your year.
Classic | A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
I’m an absolute sucker for early to mid-20th century authors. This book takes place in World War I in Italy (for the most part). While this story is a sad one, winter is the perfect time to read this. This book’s original audience was intended to be men but hey, women can like a good war story/romance too!
I just finished reading this book in the fall and everyone who loves mysteries should read this. A group of strangers rolls up to an island under false pretenses. The lights dim and each and accused of murder and then… one of them is mysteriously killed. The stormy, suspenseful setting is perfect for a snowy day in.
All the World’s a Stage… | Macbeth by William Shakespeare (No Fear Version)
All my theater people, where you at!? I still love reading plays from time to time and nothing is ever better than Shakespeare. If you’ve ever been too scared to read Shakespeare or just found it confusing… read the No Fear versions! One side is the classic Shakespeare while the other side is modern-day English. This is one of the greatest works of all time… so double, double, toil and trouble and read this play.
The Easy Read | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I don’t know if it’s the classic blue cover, the blue tinting to the movie, or the steamy Valentine’s Day dates… but this book always makes me think about the dead of winter (aka now). If you haven’t read the first four, obviously read those before digging into this one. But if, like me, you’ve read them more times than you can count… picking back up in the middle of the series isn’t really a bad thing to do.
The Tear Jerker | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I hate to break it to you, but this book is gonna make you cry. Hard. This is one of the best books ever written and will get you every single time. This book takes place in Germany during World War II from the perspective of a young girl. It is oddly sweet, incredibly haunting, and just plain good.
The Book Club | The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
I actually wrote about this book in an older blog post and I just feel the need to reiterate how good this book is again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll simply fall in love with this book. If you have a book club or not, this is great to read with a group of friends or on your own.
I hope you find your perfect book this winter and spend allll the time you can reading. Reading is one of those things that I treasure so dearly and always wish I allowed myself to have more time to do. Have a happy winter and remember to stay inside with a good book!
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