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10 Uplifting Reads to Get You Through the Depths of Winter

Keturah Jenkins is a marketing professional who has managed campaigns for Pops by Terry Teachout, Ellie Griffith’s The Crossing Places and attended several comic conventions to promote The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Best American Comics. A lifelong reader of speculative fiction and the kind of fangirl who would stand in line for seven hours so Neil Gaiman could sign Sandman Vol 3: Dream Country. One of her favorite novels is It by Stephen King, which she revisits every summer, this last time on audio.

The days are shorter, there’s a hint of snow in the air, and the thought of spending part of your weekend on the sofa reading a good book is considered time well spent.  So, in anticipation of the cold weather, grab a hot cup of lemon ginger tea, settle into your favorite reading place, and check out the ten titles on this list. We have you covered when you’re in the mood for reads to uplift your spirits during the middle of the winter months.


Mornings with Rosemary
by Libby Page

MORNINGS WITH ROSEMARY is an inspiring novel about the importance of standing up for what you believe in and the unexpected impact one person can have on so many lives. The perfect read for fans of A Man Called Ove.

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Mornings with Rosemary
Libby Page

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Himself
by Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd’s HIMSELF is a magical debut novel about a young man’s search for answers surrounding the mysterious death of his mother twenty-six years ago. Set against the mystical and rich folklore of Ireland, this darkly comedic tale of buried secrets and clever plot twists is a page-turner right up to the satisfying conclusion.

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Himself
Jess Kidd

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

A .J. Fikry is having a rough time of it, his bookstore is struggling, he’s reeling from the loss of his wife, and his rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen. He can’t seem to catch a break and withdraws from those around him. When a mysterious package is delivered to the bookstore, the unexpected arrival jump-starts a series of changes that gives him a second chance at rebuilding his life. THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY is an unforgettable novel about the profound connection between a man and his love of books.

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry’s life is not going according to plan. Unmarried, alone, and running a bookstore on the brink of collapse, he has just discovered that one of his most prized possessions, a rare folio of poems written by Edgar Allen Poe, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears one morning at the store, its unexpected arrival gives him the chance to see everything anew.

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Less
by Andrew Sean Greer

Meet Arthur Less, a failed novelist closing in on fifty and desperately hoping to avoid attending the wedding of his boyfriend of nine years. Did we mention said boyfriend is engaged to someone else? Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Arthur takes off around the world on a series of literary engagements and manages to almost fall in love. LESS is a bittersweet love story of lost chances that will leave you in stitches and eagerly anticipating what’s next for Arthur Less.

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Less
Andrew Sean Greer

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is honest to a fault and leads an isolated life avoiding human contact whenever possible. Her nights are spent alone eating junk food, drinking, and having long chats on the phone with her mother. Life is bleak, but when she meets Raymond, the awkward IT guy from her office, and together they save Sammy, an elderly man who is also living a lonely existence, her life changes forever. The three quickly connect and become friends, forcing Eleanor to reevaluate what she wants from life.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman

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Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

BEAUTIFUL RUINS is an evocative tale that begins in 1962 on the Italian coast of Cinque Terre and takes its readers on a journey to present-day Hollywood some fifty years later. Acclaimed author Jess Walter has written a captivating story of lost loves and second chances that will transport you to the cerulean waters of the Ligurian Sea, warming you during these cold winter days.

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Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter

Hailed by critics, loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, and featuring what is arguably one of the most iconic covers of recent years, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline in 1962. Funny and romantic, the beauty and wisdom of Jess Walter’s writing in the last chapter alone will leave musical lines of prose engraved in your memory.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce

DEAR MRS. BIRD offers readers a refreshingly different look at wartime Britain, friendship, and ordinary women during extraordinary times.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
AJ Pearce

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The Room on Rue Amélie
by Kristin Harmel

Set in Paris during World War II, historical drama, THE ROOM ON RUE AMÉLIE is an arresting story of friendship and the courage of ordinary citizens overcoming unimaginable circumstances. This is a must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah’s novel The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls.

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The Room on Rue Amélie
Kristin Harmel

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Goodbye, Paris
by Anstey Harris

The international bestseller GOODBYE, PARIS is a charming novel about Grace, a young woman who once had a promising musical career but now works repairing instruments and waiting for her married lover to leave his family. Harris deftly explores the realities of relationships, allowing you to hear every note of angst and sadness in this story about becoming whole and learning to love again.

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Goodbye, Paris
Anstey Harris

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The Flood Girls
by Richard Fifield

The last book on our list is a hilarious and heartwarming debut novel by Richard Fifield. Rachel Flood is a chaos agent returning home after nine years to try and make amends with those she wronged. With the help of a local outcast named Jake, Rachel might just be on the road to redemption. THE FLOOD GIRLS is a thought-provoking novel about small-town life and the act of forgiveness. You will find yourself falling in love with Jake and rooting for Rachel to remain true to herself.

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The Flood Girls
Richard Fifield

When recovering alcoholic Rachel Flood comes back to her small Montana hometown, it isn’t a grand reception. This sassy novel will have you laughing through tears.

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