5 Books on my Winter Reading List



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Can a book be cozy? I think so. Sometimes I’ll discover a new novel and set it aside until the weather turns colder, just because I know it’s meant to be read under a blanket with a hot cup of tea in hand. When we get into the later months of winter, I can think of nothing more wonderful than snuggling up and getting lost in a new book. Here are a few titles that I can’t wait to crack open on a chilly winter’s evening. 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I have wanted to read this book for years, and I’m so excited to dive into it. 

Set in the 1920s, The Snow Child follows Jack and Mabel, a childless older couple struggling as homesteaders in the Alaskan wilderness. The sudden emergence of a young girl from the woods changes their lives. 

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

I read Homegoing last year & it was easily one of my favorite books of 2020.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I just finished reading Little Women, but I couldn’t help but put it on this list! Visit my post about Concord, MA to see the home Louisa May Alcott grew up in & based the story on!

Originally written in 1868 and 1869 (the book was released in Newspaper featured before it was turned into two novels), Little women revolves around the lives of four sisters growing up during and after the Civil War. 

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

The new year always feels like the perfect time to pick up a book that will inspire me to live a more intentional life, and this book feels very appropriate for 2021.

In this timely book, professor Cal Newport shows us how to pair back digital distractions and live a more meaningful life with less technology.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This book sounds magical. Full disclosure – I 100% judge books by their covers, and this one enchanted me at first sight.

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton’s magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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