Winter is here! If you’re expecting a Game of Thrones reference, you’re about to be sadly disappointed. But what I can promise you up ahead is a list of absolutely delightful fireside books to help get you through the cold months up ahead.
Light the fire, pour the wine, fish out your secret stash of chocolate, and let’s get cracking.
If you want to get inspired
Atomic Habits, by James Clear, is a fantastic guide to improving yourself using tangible real-world skills and processes. He does a great job of explaining the science behind why we do things, as well as showcasing times in history where his principles come into play.
If you’re looking to live a life that’s as full of mindfulness as it is action, then give this one a go.
If you want to go on a whimsical adventure
I really wasn’t sure about Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal. It landed in my lap via Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and I wasn’t immediately enthralled as I opened it. But within a few chapters, I was enchanted.
You become wrapped up in this delightful yet raw world of religion, tradition, real women, and the uniqueness that they each possess. A fireside book that will leave you with the warm and fuzzies.
If you want to celebrate pride month
June is not only the beginning of winter, it’s also the start of Pride Month. In the spirit of the rainbow flag, may I introduce you to Sarah Waters. She writes the most carefully crafted historical fiction with a focus on gay women that you never know you needed. I highly recommend The Fingersmith if you’re looking to give it a try.
If you need a little love
The Light We Lost, by Jill Santopolo, is a very sweet love story that spans the years. At first it feels light and easy, but by the end your heart doesn’t quite know what to do with itself.
If you’re looking for thrills
You might recall that Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman, was on my March reading challenge list. Erm…lets not talk about how the challenge went, shall we? But one book I did manage devour was this one. It’s a great thriller that has some fabulous layers to it, from romance, to organised crime, to career drama – this one has it all.
What fireside books are you planning on reading this month? I’d love to hear in the comments below.