I mentioned in Wednesday night’s post that it has been a while since I truly fell in love with a book that I was reading and got through the entire book feeling fully immersed in the story I was being told. And truth be told, I miss it! Nothing is better to me than a cozy morning or evening where you can get tucked into a blanket with a tea and just zone out and hang out with characters that you love for an hour or so at a time. It’s magical, and for me, the feeling never really gets old. I could give a million and one excuses for why I haven’t been reading lately, and though I know half are justified, I’m not interested in excuses this coming year at all, and what it boils down to is I truly just have not been prioritizing it as a part of my every day routine as I should be. This winter, we are changing that!
Bryer and I’s at home/personal library is made up of over 300 books, which is A LOT. Some people’s mindset is that the more books you have to choose from, the easier it will be to find something that you enjoy. But truly, I find it to be just the opposite. All of the books that I purchase are out of the idea that I will love them... so choosing what to read next for me always becomes even harder!
I browsed through my shelves this evening and wanted to share with you some of the books that I am leaving out in the basket by my bed this winter, so that without the pressure of a strict “TBR” list (we will talk more about those at a later date), I can pick and choose some reads I have been dying to get to! In order to narrow it down to just these, I tried to choose some themes that I thought fit with the season; blue and white book covers, the theme of snow or the woods, fairy tales and magic... and of course some personal development in preparation for those New Years resolutions!
I want to note that in this post I won’t go into too much detail about what each of these books is about, only because my reason for reading them maybe be different than someone else’s and I don’t like when someone tells me all the good bits about a book before I even get there! That’s fun sucking! I enjoy a recommendation because its someone I relate to/connect with telling me they think I would enjoy it... but even so, I want to experience the book myself without the pressure of knowing how they felt about every section first.
Check out the list below and let me know which you think sound best!
CRAVING AN ADVENTURE?
1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
It has been rare for me as a reader to re-read books that I have enjoyed in the past, only because I get a weird feeling that I am not taking the time to give the new reads a chance... BUT lately I’ve been thinking about it and it has been over 10 years since I sat down to read a Harry Potter book, etc. and I think I am more than ready to see how differently I will feel, and how much more I will get out of reading them at 25!
I love that both of these novels in particular have sections dedicated to the holidays and the wintery months; the imagery and the character development always blows me away. Maybe some of you could join me in picking up these old favorites in the coming months!
3. Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
4. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Those of you who supported The Literature Bug will be familiar with my love for re-tellings. On the topic of not wanting to re-read many of the books that I love, I guess the enjoyment that I get out of re-tellings comes with familiarity of the characters or the place, but the difference in the way the story is being told with additional elements. For those of you who are big Disney fans, and especially those of you who love Snow White... check out numbers thee and four and let me know what you think!
5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
6. The Hazel Wood by Melisaa Albert
7. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Sometimes you just need an easy read. This book was one I picked up at the library for twenty five cents, and though it is geared toward perhaps a middle school reading level, the story sounds adventurous, fun, and innocent, and stood out to me! An easy read means not a lot of thinking, but just enjoying how the language comes together. I’m sure I will blow though this one in an hour of so!
8. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
9. The Shack by William Young
Or CRAVING SOME TRUTH?
10. Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
11. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Every day I am working to do my part as an individual to stunt the amount of waste I put into the world, and start to live more sustainably! It is something I am very passionate about, and something that has full attention. I couldn’t leave this book behind when I saw it... I need to know what it would be like; what happens if we don’t start making changes?
12. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
13. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
If you need to laugh until you have to pee and your abs feel like they are coming ripping in two, you need this book in your life this holiday season. The chapter about an adult David applying and getting a job to be an elf at Macy’s for the Christmas season is hysterical. This is one of my Mom and I’s personal favorites, and a go-to around this time of year! Never gets old.
14. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
I hope this list has you craving a great reading session, no matter what book it is you sit down with! PLEASE let me know what you are reading currently, or what releases you are most looking forward to in the new year either through a message here on the website, or over on the Facebook page! I would love some recommendations!