Mercifully, winter is over. Now I just need the weather to get on board–we are at the very beginning of yet another snow storm! During this very wintry winter, I have taken solace in some really good reads. I have spent a good deal of time cuddled up under a blanket with my pup by my side making my way through the pages of books. I have read some really good ones this winter, but here are my favorites (reviews linked):
Five Star Reads ★★★★★
Title: Anne of the Island
Author: L.M. Montgomery
I’m a little late to this series, but I’m really enjoying it. Anne of the Island might be my favorite to date. Anne deals with some tough things and her romantic entanglements begin to surface. “Coming into her own” comes to mind when I think about this installment. I need to hop to and read the fourth book…
Title: Before We Were Yours
Author: Lisa Wingate
This historical fiction novel about a young girl and her siblings who were removed from their home and put into a corrupt orphanage was a beautiful read. It jumped from present day South Carolina to 1930s Tennessee, making you guess how everything was going to come together while pulling you along in a compelling and heartbreaking story. This was the first I heard of Georgia Tan and her atrocious acts, which were made possible through collaboration with state officials and politicians. Ugh…read it, it’s so good.
Author: Fredrik Backman
This book. I was absolutely floored by this book. The writing is breathtaking and the story is so touching. You may read the premise of this book and think, oh I’m not into sports stories, and then brush it off. That would be a mistake. This book isn’t just about ice hockey, it is about a community, parents and children, social conformity, and making hard decisions. It is so dang good. One of my all time favorite reads. Five stars does not do this book justice.
Four Star Reads ★★★★
Author: Morgan Rhodes
If you have been following my blog at all this winter, you shouldn’t be surprised to find this series here. I have been captivated by it. It’s a fantasy series that has some similarities to Game of Thrones, but is for a YA audience. There is political intrigue, messed up family dynamics, shocking deaths, and so many twists and turns your head will be spinning. I am on a small break from the series now, but will be heading to books #5 and #6 very soon to finish out the series.
Author: Gail Honeyman
This was not a book I immediately loved, but before I realized what was happening, I grew to care deeply for Eleanor Oliphant and her tormented past. This is a story about resilience and redemption and will leave you with a warm heart and a happy buzz. Although I didn’t like A Man Called Ove, the story sort of reminded me of that book in that you get to watch a closed off character be forced into letting people in and becoming all the better for it.
I could have made this list even longer because I read so many good books, so here is a quick bullet list of books that almost made the list:
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
What have you been reading and enjoying this winter??