It’s cold. Stay inside and read something.

You guys — this winter is endless. Soon I am going to be dressing like this on the blog. All I have wanted to do is stay inside and read. So read I have done, lovelies. Here are the top five books I’ve read this five books I read this winter

In no particular order:

  • A Lucky Child: I am a sucker for a Holocaust memoir. I find them so grounding and enlightening. This memoir is from the perspective of a child and it is so beautifully written. Read it.
  • Dark Places: You’ve read Gone Girl. It was great. You were shocked. Now it’s over and you want something with just as many sinister twists and turns. You should go read Dark Places now. In my opinion it is even better than Gone Girl. It is incredibly broad in scope and will stay with you for a while. Actually, you should read all of Gillian Flynn’s books. Sharp Objects is also great.
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris is my favorite — but I will say he is at his best when he is speaking about his family. I was shamelessly laughing aloud on the train, y’all.  To note, you should be familiar with Sedaris’ writing style before you start this book. Holidays On Ice is a great Sedaris starter book.
  • World War Z: You are probably like, ‘wait, Clare, are you talking about that silly Brad Pitt movie?”. Well, sort of. I actually bought this book because I thought it would be an easy read I could plow through while I waiting for my next shipment of books from Amazon. Oh girl, I was so wrong. World War Z is some in-depth ish! It is nothing like the movie (I am actually confused about why they even called that Brad Pitt movie World War Z). Even if you aren’t a zombie fan, this book provides a powerful look at a world devastated by an uncontrollable plague. Note that this book starts of slow… like text book slow. But stick with it. Trust.
  • The Fault in our Stars: The tears. The tears. You guys, the tears! This book was so sad — but really, really good. A must read. But prepare yourself for the sadness of it all.
  • Honorable Mentions: Old New York, Sharp Objects, Sarah’s Key
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  • Reply Mags March 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Have you read ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson or ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes yet? Those are my two go-to recommendations. Both were SO GOOD and will definitely keep you warm. I need to add more Gillian Flynn to my collection – thanks for the recs!

  • Reply MaunderingMe March 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I just read Dark Places! Definitely liked it and am looking forward to the movie (looks like a good cast) – will have to add Sharp Objects to my list. I also recently read Fault in Our Starts – actually didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to but heard the author’s other book – Alaskasomething – is even better :) Just started “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It’s going to be a movie with Reece Witherspoon! Up next for me is The Maze Runner.

  • Reply Kate Holloway (@KatiePunkin) March 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I read all of Gillian Flynn’s books. Dark Places was so, um, dark, but I loved it. Agreed about World War Z. That book was so awesome.

    If you’re in need of new material, I just read The Girl Who Would Be King and it was awesome. It deals with some of the mother-daughter themes of Dark Places, and is a really good super-villain/hero story featuring young women in both roles.

    And I’m just getting into Digital Divide (a fiction book; not a non-fiction book) and it’s really good so far. It’s a murder-mystery in a highly political world with some cyborgs. It’s like a Tom Clancy or Jonathan Frazen with awesome technology mixed with some X-men.

  • Reply Ciiku March 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Have you read ‘The Rosie Project’?
    Or ‘Book Thief’?

    And yessssss to ‘Fault in our stars’!!

  • Reply Sherin Malick (@HiFashionSherin) March 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    There’s nothing better than reading indoors, while it’s cold outside. I cried SO much during The Fault in our Stars – SO MANY TEARS! I recommend one of my fav books for you to pick up: The Shadow in the Wind. And The Book Thief.

  • Reply BlitzAndGlam March 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I’m looking for a good book to read. I’ll check out these suggestions.

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