The winter months seem like the perfect time to read a book that has a slightly dreary or dark setting, something that makes you want to put on a second pot of coffee or make another mug of tea. I'd love to share some recommendations of books to read this winter. Each of these books are perfect companions for cold, grey days. You'll want to grab a blanket, pour a steamy beverage (I want to try this one), and curl up for a few hours.
Her Fearful Symmetry - I only read books that I really love more than once; I've read this one at least three times. I was so excited for Audrey Niffinegger to write a second novel (after The Time Traveler's Wife) and I was not disappointed. The description says,
"When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers--with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another. The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including--perhaps--their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old apartment and life behind."
The characters and the plot is so intriguing you'll definitely want to discuss it with a friend.
The Thirteenth Tale - I'm not sure if it was a Goodreads review or someone in my bookclub that said "this is a book lover's book", but it's true. Interestingly, this book also has a twin theme to it but the plot is a bit darker.
"Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good."
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors and this is her latest book. She brings characters to life in such a clear and realistic way and creates very rich plots. In this story I was fascinated by the way the plot seems at once unbelieveable and also inevitable. The main character is so practical and relatable that you wouldn't think she would ever find herself traipsing through the jungle and yet by the time she's there it seems as if there was no other way. The Amazon descriptions says,
"In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It is a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side."
Have you read any of these? What books are you curling up with this winter?