10 Books To Get Cozy With This Winter
Winter is coming... Unless you're from Texas. Either way, here's a list of 10 books (for 9 moods) that you should have on your radar this upcoming season.
1. If You Want To Feel Inspired...
Love Does by Bob Goff
This book changed my perspective on how I approach life, love, Jesus, and the people around me that sum up all the rest.
This book covers the crazy adventures of Bobs life, but he roots each story in a part of his faith. He talks about how he navigated a sailboat from California to Hawaii with nothing but a plastic compass, or how his children were invited to over 100 countries to meet with world leaders. Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda, this man is so generous and God-loving, you can't help but be engulfed in his words.
100% of the profits from this book sale go directly toward Love Does, a non-profit foundation started by Bob, to promote human rights and education around the world as it targets fighting injustice committed against children.
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"Love Lives Here" is a newer book by Bob's wife, Sweet Maria Goff. It's my new bedside read since finishing Love Does, and I look forward to going to bed every night because of it. Reading Love Does, you hear so often about Maria, as he has an entire chapter dedicated to her, but Maria's book gives an insight into her equally as interesting life and philosophy on love, faith, and how to live with these ideas in mind everyday. I love Bob, but there's just some things only a woman can truly capture and understand. These book each have a piece of my heart, and I couldn't recommend them enough.
2. If Your Favorite TV Show Isn't In Season...
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
We may have to wait over a year for the next season of our favorite HBO show, but I've found that the books are equally just as amazing. Yes, I'm the horrible person who watched the show before reading the books, but to be fair, I found that it enhanced my reading experience.
When I was traveling to France this summer, the first book in the series was my best friend during those 18 hour flights. They're incredibly similar to the adapted TV show, but I find myself catching even more details or general knowledge of the world/characters when I have the pages in front of me. This was a total page turner, and a much easier read than any of the Lord of The Rings books for sure. So basically, curl up with this on a weekend day when the sky is all grey and your windows are open, because after all, "Winter is coming."
3. If You Have An Interest In Historical Fiction, WW2, Or Female Protagonists...
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
This incredibly enlightening and beautiful story follows 3 women- a NYC socialite, a Polish teenage rebel, and a German doctor who accepts an ad for work in Nazi Germany, and their work to "bring justice to those whom the world has forgotten." If you're anything like me, you're a sucker for any sort of WW2 drama, and who doesn't love a group of badass female protagonists? Kelly did an incredible job capturing a story that really touches on love and redemption with the allure of history and secrets. Why else would Pretty Little Liars have gone on for so long?
4. If You Know What "Always? Always" Means...
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
We've all been waiting for a new John Green book, and while this one doesn't quite rip your heart out in the way that only Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace could do, there's still something really special and wholesome about it.
Aza and her fearless friend Daisy go on a quest to investigate a fugitive with a $100,000 price on their head. It's a YA story about "love, resilience, and lifelong friendship." Having read basically every John Green book ever, this one definitely didn't disappoint me.
5. If You're Feeling Nostalgic...
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Coming from somebody who didn't even read them until she was 17, I think it's safe to say these books are for the universal reader of any age. Whether you're reading them for the first time or the fifteenth, these books have a way to bringing out something new and real in you every time. They've had such an impact in my life, that there's even a tattoo design in the works. These stories inspired my love of writing stories with life lessons incorporated into engaging literature for all ages.
And let's be real- who wouldn't want to curl up in bed and reminisce on Cedric Diggory dancing at the Yule Ball or those Weasley Christmas sweaters? If anybody can find either of those things on Amazon Prime for me, you'd be a lifesaver.
6. If You're In The Mood To Be Spooked...
The Shining by Stephen King
I'd be very surprised if you haven't seen the famous Stanley Kubrick movie before, but even if you have, this is a great read. Taking place in the Colorado Rockies in a snow storm, this story is bound to make you want to curl up by a fireplace (even if its 80 degrees outside). You have to figure, there's a reason why people love it so much?
7. If You Find Yourself Really Missing Somebody...
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
This book must have coined the phrase "feeling all the feels" because you will experience every human emotion possible while you read this.
Arthur is an old man who visits the cemetery daily to have conversations with his late wife, when one day he meets Maddy, a rebel teenager who uses the cemetery to escape class. Together they form an unusual, but so real, friendship that you won't be able to stop smiling at. A story about creating happiness, and how life's greatest moments are best when shared with others.
8. If You Live For Flower Metaphors...
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
You have probably seen her other famous poetry book 'Milk and Honey' once or twice before on book store shelves or Tumblr blogs, but there's a reason people love her work so much.
Her new installment talks about how we grow and heal on our journey of life. Her five chapters cover the ideas of wilting, rooting, falling, rising, and blooming. Boom. Flower metaphors.
Not to mention, this book makes a great gift for friends and loved ones.
9. If You Know Who Nancy Drew Is, Or Even Nancy From Stranger Things...
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie
If you said yes above, then you're probably at least somewhat interested in the concept of mystery novels or crime fiction. This book, published back in 1934, is one in a series of high-intensity mystery novels. This one follows the famous Orient Express train through Europe, where they find themselves trapped in a snow storm with a dead man on board. It's up to detective Hercule Poirot to find the murderer before they strike next.
Maybe you've seen the movie trailer for the new film adaptation starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and more. It's on my list to watch this season, as it reminds me of my favorite movie 'Clue', but I'm sure it will disappoint me to some extent as Tim Curry isn't in it. I can't speak on the 1974 film adaptation, since I haven't seen it. The book however is quite up to par.