Reading on the beach is super relaxing, but I also love spending a cold winter afternoon relaxing in front of the fireplace with a warm blanket, steaming hot coffee, and completely engrossing book. Now that NYC is experiencing a polar vortex (seriously, what even is that?), a warm, glowing fire sounds extra amazing.
I've put together a list of 10 books that I'd like to read by the fireside this winter (though I'll also settle for a few chapters each day during my subway commute). Some of these books are a bit darker than my summer beach books, but they've all captured my attention and made me eager to give my library card a work-out. Here's what I'll be reading this winter:
This novel has been described as a combination of two of my favorite dramas: a thriller (specifically, a murder mystery) and a coming-of-age tale. Set in the 70s, it follows two sisters whose father is a detective trying to catch a serial killer. I'm a sucker for stories about father/daughter relationships and we all know that I love a good crime story, so this pairing seems perfect for me!
This quirky story revolves around a compliance office worker whose job is to read company e-mails; while digging for incriminating information, he becomes captivated by the messages between a pair of friends and starts to fall for one of them. Reading other people's e-mail sounds like a dream come true, and I love the idea of someone falling in love all because of someone else's words (it's so You've Got Mail).
This one is for all of my fellow musical theater nerds! Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark was a legendary Broadway musical that recently closed, but seemed ill-fated from the very start. This juicy tell-all book promises to deliver the full story of all of the drama that took place on and off the stage.
This book has been on my list for several months, so I'm hoping to finally get to it on a snowy day soon. Another coming-of-age tale, this one follows a group of friends who met as teenagers at art camp (I can already relate!) and tracks the journey of their friendships through highs and lows.
Another dark and twisted thriller (what can I say, I definitely have a type!). This novel is about BFFs who are kidnapped and held captive in a cellar; one makes it out, the other does not. Years later, the survivor decides to confront her trauma head-on and winds up unraveling a mystery that is even scarier than she could have ever imagined. I already have chills!
I may be the only person who hasn't seen Her yet (hoping to fix that soon!) but in the meantime, I'll settle for this novel that also deals with someone searching for love while being challenged and confused by human connections.
I know I already made a Gone Girl comparison in my list of summer beach books, but this novel also follows the pattern of a husband and wife telling the story of their marriage through duel narratives. Which one (if either) is telling the truth? I'm excited to find out.
I hope you're as into creepy thrillers as I am, because clearly this list is loaded with them! This psychological thriller involves strange incidents surrounding the titular old woman and her neighbors. When a neighbor's daughter comes to town to investigate, she feels a kinship with the old lady and slowly starts to piece together what is happening on their street.
True confession: this book made the list because my book club is discussing it at our meeting later this month, so it's basically required reading for me. While I normally wouldn't pick up a nonfiction war story, I've only heard rave reviews about this book and it seems very inspirational, so it will be good to branch out from all of my thrillers!
After almost 30 years of marriage to a man, our protagonist has fallen in love with a woman. Their upcoming wedding stirs up complicated reactions from family members, and unearths hidden secrets. I love a good love story (especially with a side of mystery)!
Looks like I have a lot of reading to get started on...can't wait to curl up in front of a warm fire and get lost in one of these books soon! Of course, I'm always looking for new additions to my list - what are some great books that you would recommend?