I like to read all year round but there's nothing like cold weather to make you want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book! I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite books, from a few (random) categories. :)
1. Foodie Non Fiction. You can usually find me reading novels but every now and again I try to spice in a little non fiction. I've noticed over the years that when I do it's usually food related. Go figure. I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. She is one of my favorite novelist. Her family embarked on a year long experiment of eating only locally grown/raised foods. I also loved 52 Loaves by William Alexander. He bakes a loaf of bread every week for a year in pursuit of the perfect bread. He some how manages to make the science and history behind bread baking super exciting.
2. Quiet, Beautiful Novels. To me, these are the kinds of books that come to mind when someone uses the term literature. Also, interestingly enough, both of these books have been made into films. So you know they are good. (Winky face.) Never Let Me Go is truly one of my all time favorite books. I adore Kazuo Ishiguro's story telling skillz. Love this haunting portrait of growing up. So fascinating. I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down.
3. Science Fiction Awesomeness. I love me some science fiction. One of my favorites from the past few years was Lucy by Laurence Gonzales. It is rare when the "monster" from a science fiction story is also the narrator. It's always fun as a reader to find yourself rooting for the other team, as it were. :) For a more haunting bit of sci fi I highly recommend The Passage by Justin Cronin. It's a long read (and the first book in a series) but totally worth it. It's kind of like a more epic version of The Walking Dead. Kind of.
4. Reads to Share with Young Friends. Or not. I first got into reading because of Harry Potter (who didn't?) and I have never stopped enjoying young adult fiction since. A great book to breeze through on your own or share with a young reader kiddo is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Kids who save the world. Yes, please! And this story is so fun and imaginative. As it should be.
5. On my Radar. I keep hearing about Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. So, it must be destined. I love love hearing a good book recommendation. And I'd love to hear yours. Do you have any cold weather reads to add to the "On my Radar" category? Don't be shy now. xo. Emma