I’ve always been a bookworm. But, I’m ashamed to say, I allowed reading to slip from my list of priorities this year. At the end of the summer I took stock of all the books I’d finished, and I was appalled to discover I’d read so little. So, now that the evenings are getting colder, I’m busy playing catch-up.
At the moment I’m averaging one book a week. And over the past two months I’ve enjoyed some truly amazing novels – many of which are listed below.
If your winter reading list is currently looking a bit empty, top it up with a few of these entertaining novels. They’re sure to keep company as those long, cold winter nights start to set in…
The Winter Reading List 2017
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I received a copy of All Grown Up in the Reading In Heels subscription box, and whizzed through it at record speed. The intelligent, observational novel sinks deep into the complex mindset of Andrea, a single 39-year-old living in New York. It explores so many unspoken truths about sexuality, friendship and dating in the 21st century.
Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman
If you’re looking for a fun, easy read, Crimes Against a Book Club has you covered! Two best friends in desperate need for cash set up a mischievous scheme to sell a “miracle” anti-ageing face cream to the wealthy women in their book club. All goes to plan until demand for the cream grows, and its secret (and very illegal) ingredient is revealed…
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
A Tale for the Time Being was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2013, but only came to my attention this summer. And it’s easily the best novel I’ve read this year! It’s unusual and engrossing, with two unique narratives that intersect to tell the story of Nao, a Japanese teenager struggling to find her place in the world. Honestly, I can’t praise it enough – it’s brilliant!
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
With rave reviews from both Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Gilbert, I was very intrigued by The Nest. Set in New York, it follows the dysfunctional Plumb family who are torn apart when their long-awaited inheritance fails to materialise. It took me a while to get into the story, because the Plumb siblings are shockingly unlikable characters, but I overall it’s an enjoyable, easy read.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Set in 1970’s Ohio, this haunting novel follows a family thrown into crisis after their beloved teenage daughter is found dead. The cleverly-crafted narrative jumps between past and present. And, as the mystery of Lydia’s death unfolds, you begin to see how her parents’ simmering struggles with race and gender ultimately set their family up for heartbreak.
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Crime thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but every now and then it’s good to step outside your comfort zone. And I really enjoyed reading My Sister’s Grave. The narrative unfolds quickly, and the mystery is gripping from the very first page. Plus, there’s a very clever plot twist, so the ending is both satisfying and juicy. Definitely check it out if you like a murder mystery.
Have any of the books on this winter reading list caught your attention? And do you have any great recommendations to share? Leave a comment below to let me know what you’ve been reading lately…
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