Is there a better TBR list than a winter TBR list? Winter can be busy, and we all know it can be dark and dreary (I’m looking at you, standard time), but winter is also one of the best opportunities to cuddle up with a good book and a hot beverage. So get your blankets and sweaters ready and make sure you add these books to your list this season!
Setterfield’s masterful mystery tells of a young girl who appears to have come back from the dead on the night of the winter solstice. While the town scrambles to identify her, the mute girl poses a mystery that no one seems ready to solve and raises other questions about people in town and their way of life. This gothic historical fiction is remarkably perceptive and straddles the line between fantasy and reality in a way that makes it even more authentic.
In his second historical fiction about World War II, Armando Lucas Correa once again expertly weaves together the past and present and invites us to read about the tragedies of the war, particularly those faced by children, in this intimate, heartbreaking novel. THE DAUGHTER’S TALE tells the story of just one of the many displaced children. A mother bravely sends away her older daughter and saves the younger one from a death camp. We follow the younger daughter, Lina, as she moves throughout Europe and later the world, desperately trying to find safety and family.
Twenty-five-year-old Queenie is a Jamaican British woman who can’t catch a break. Between her dating experiences, relationships with friends and family, and a job where she feels undervalued, Queenie feels like her life is falling apart. QUEENIE is a much-needed exploration of mental health and the stress young women face in a modern world. QUEENIE’s amazing main character and warm-hearted ending remind us of the importance of self-care, and that those who truly love us will always have our backs.
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This coming-of-age tale about 17-year-old Lucy Adler, an ultra-talented basketball player in New York City in the early nineties, is the story so many of us have been waiting for. Lucy is smart, socially aware, and brave but struggles to find her place in a world where she doesn’t feel like she belongs. She navigates a relationship with her best friend and unrequited love interest and tries to understand what it means to be her own person in a world that places so much emphasis on gaining the approval of men. The writing is snappy and poetic, and Lucy’s perceptive nature guides this relatable book.
A new and fresh take on the old western, WHISKEY WHEN WE’RE DRY follows 17-year-old Jessilyn Harney on her journey to find her outlaw brother and save her family’s homestead. Disguised as a man, Jess embarks on a journey filled with danger and adventure that forces her to come to terms with her brothers’ crimes, as well as part of her own identity she’d rather keep hidden. This epic novel is hailed as original and exciting and is a throwback to classic tales of adventure.
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver’s UNSHELTERED tells two stories of two families in two centuries connected by their shared address. Willa Knox has always been responsible, but she and her family have lately experienced one crisis after another. In the late 19th century, Thatcher Greenwood experiences similar setbacks. But the families learn to connect with each other through the house they work together to fix. UNSHELTERED is an incredible examination of family ties and the values that make us human.
This sprawling tale is about the several generations of a single family that owns a candlepin bowling alley in a New England town. The bowling alley serves as the connecting factor, and the family members are, at various times, empowered by it or trapped by it. Though this may seem like an ordinary family with an ordinary family business, the family’s incredibly unique story means that there are secrets to be revealed, stones to be unturned, and endless stories waiting to be told in this epic tale.
Whitney Scharer’s debut novel follows former Vogue model Lee Miller as she travels to Paris to pursue a career as a photographer in 1929. Lee finds a home, and love, in Paris, and through her artful eye we see historical events as well as her incredible personal life. Through it all, Lee’s remarkable ambition to be her own person, and a world-class photographer and artist, keeps her going, even as she struggles in the shadow of her romantic love life.