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.
10 Uplifting Reads to Get You Through the Depths of Winter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEAR MRS. BIRD offers readers a refreshingly different look at wartime Britain, friendship, and ordinary women during extraordinary times.
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.
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.
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.
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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