I’ve always been a big reader but in the last year or so I’ve found myself making more time for reading. My mum is also a big reader so I generally rely on her to give me books because this means I don’t pay for them. However, sometimes there will be a book I really want to read and I’ll actually buy it. Such purchases often happen at the airport or as gifts, which is exactly what happened over Christmas. This post is a mix of books I’ve received from my mum (these tend to be fiction books full of drama) and books I’ve chosen (a mix of fiction and non-fiction but all with some kind of message).
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket and lose yourself in a good book.
Books to read this winter
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I have listened to all of Elizabeth’s ‘Magic Lessons’ podcasts and I’ve been having withdrawal from her wise words. So I decided it was time to get my hands on her book, Big Magic. It has been recommended in multiple bloggers posts about books or is currently on their reading lists, making me think this book is going to be good. It is nothing like her Eat, Pray, Love fiction novel but I have no doubts this is going to be amazing in its own way. I’m saving it currently for a time when I’m not so busy and I can action some of the things she says because I know I’m going to want to do just that. Have you read Big Magic? What did you think?
Coffin Road by Peter May
I’ve actually read this book already and my was it a page turner. I literally skim read half of it because I was so intrigued as to what the outcome was going to be. The book begins with a man who seems to have no memory of who he is and this intense start meant I was hooked by the end of the first page. Not many books can achieve that. As I tried to work out what happened before the book told me it certainly had my brain buzzing. I’d highly recommend this novel but maybe clear your to do list first because you won’t want to put it down.
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
I picked this book up in the airport when we were leaving Copenhagen. It is split into each month of the year and each month she looks at a way the Danish live. I was drawn to this book after having such an amazing time in the city of Copenhagen and wanted to take a little bit of their way of life home with me. I’m planning to read this book one month at a time over the next 12 months. I’m hoping this will allow me to implement some changes into my life after each topic. Of course you could just read the whole book and then think about it afterwards.
Hunter Killer by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan has one hell of a history, I’m not going to try and explain it to you but it is worth looking up if you are going to read one of his books. He writes his books based on his own life story elaborating stories but using his insider knowledge to add the detail. As the title suggests this is not a girlie read, this is an adventure packed book but one I’m sure is going to keep me turning the pages.
Slow Horses by Mick Herron
Mick Herron is known as one of the best crime writers of the past five years and this book is no different. Slow Horses is the first in a series of books about solving crimes the hard way. His group of misfit crew are up for the challenge of doing whatever it takes to ensure this crime doesn’t become a murder. There is no doubt this is going to be another page turner especially given the reviews about the series.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
This book is definitely going to be good because my mum read it in three days. It is one of those novels where you can’t turn the page fast enough. As the title suggests this book is about letting your past go and trying to move on from it. Something that I don’t think is going to be easy for our characters in the story. This is the first book by Clare and she has since released a second book which looks equally as gripping. They are stand along stories.
The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis
This is my current read and although it has taken a little getting into I am loving it. The story had me intrigued from the very beginning but there have been so many untold stories throughout and it takes a while for these to be explained. Thankfully that’s just happened and now I’m struggling to put the book down. I know it won’t be long before I finish this one. Not a crime thriller like some of the others on this list, so be prepared for all the emotions as you live and breathe the story with the main character Jules.
Have you read any of these on my list? Are there any others you would recommend?