Now that it’s finally starting to get cold here, I want nothing more than to sit on my couch with a mug of hot chocolate, two or three blankets, and a book. With the weather getting nastier, now is the perfect time to really sink your teeth into some good winter reads. Here are my suggestions for the best books to snuggle up with!
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. I read this back in 2013 or early 2014, and it’s still making the rounds among my friends. It’s a beautiful story about the power of love and friendship that packs a surprisingly large punch for only being 170 pages long. You won’t get to cuddle up very long with this one, but you might find that you want to start reading it again as soon as you finish.
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier. If you like getting inside a narrator’s head, you have to read Rebecca. When a young woman marries an eccentric widower and returns with him to his estate, she can’t help but compare herself to his late wife, the lovely and vivacious Rebecca. It doesn’t help that her new husband, his servants, and the townspeople seem to be doing the same every time they see her. But soon enough, she discovers the truth about Rebecca…and how she died. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure!
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrik Backman. In this delightful novel, 7-year-old Elsa must deliver a series of letters, written by her deceased grandmother, to a variety of colorful characters. Both heartwarming and heart-wrenching, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is a richly woven tapestry depicting one woman’s legacy, described as perfectly as only as a precocious 7-year-old can manage. You’ll need an extra-large mug of tea—and perhaps a larger-than-normal supply of tissues—for this one.
- The Glittering World – Robert Levy. When Michael “Blue” Whitley returns to the remote Canadian town of his birth to settle the affairs of his recently deceased grandmother, he almost immediately feels an odd sense of belonging with the town, despite having very few memories of living there. Gradually, he begins to remember what happened to him in Starling Cove as a young child: something his mother never discussed, and something that the locals speak of in hushed tones. Together, Michael and his friends must untangle the secrets of Starling Cove, the artists colony it once harbored, and the Other Kind—the mysterious beings that inhabit the land around Starling Cove.
- Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng. There are a few books every year that, upon finishing them, I just can’t shut up about. Everything I Never Told You was one of those books in 2015. I even met the author shortly after finishing the book, and I was so star-struck I could barely utter a coherent sentence. Y’all, this book gave me all the feels and if you thought you’d need a lot of tissues for My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, you’re going to need even more for this one!
What are your favorite books to curl up with in front of the fire? Tell us in the comments!