In an attempt to unplug, I’ve started turning my phone on airplane mode at 9:00 p.m. so my brain can start to slow down. I’m starting to realize just how much I use my phone to mindlessly occupy my time and it’s kind of scary. Actually, it’s really scary. I even put an alarm on my phone that tells me when to turn it off so I don’t “forget” accidentally and end up on Instagram in bed.
My quiet, screen-free nights, are begging to be filled with books that make me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea. I took a little peruse through my GoodReads “to-read” shelf and picked some books I’m excited to start reading. My favourite genres are historical fiction, mystery and detective fiction and any love story I can get my hands on; I also can’t say no to a good classic. If I don’t have the brain power for an engaging story, I also love reading motivational self-help books or browsing my favourite interior design books.
My reading list at the moment is a healthy mix of all of the above.
01 | Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express is on everyone’s minds because of the movie they’ve just made, but I think Agatha Christie is always a good choice for a cozy read. In this Hercule Poirot novel, millionaire Samuel Ratchett is discovered dead in his train cabin whilst on the famous Orient Express. Trapped in a snowstorm, Poirot must solve the mystery of which passenger killed Ratchett before anyone else gets hurt.
02 | You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This is a book I’ve seen floating around a lot online. I didn’t really give it a second thought until my friend Kayla (check out her AMAZING blog here) said I should give it a read. We were talking about finding inner confidence and learning how to stick up for yourself. I’m not very good at either of those things, so I thought I’d give the book a shot to see if it could help me find my inner badass… A girl can hope right?
03 | Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy by Kevin Kwan
If you haven’t heard of the Crazy Rich Asians series, you’re seriously missing out. Rich People Problems is the third book in the series, and I’ve had it on hold at the library since the summer. The series follows the secretive elite society in Singapore and the scheming and drama that goes along with their luxurious lives. I read the first two books in Europe and thought they were hilarious. I can’t wait to finally read the third book.
04 | Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Another book adapted for the screen — or in this case, the T.V. screen. I started watching Outlander on Netflix at the beginning of September and blew through all the seasons in a matter of weeks. While I wait for the next season, I thought I’d pick up the best-selling novel. Outlander is about Claire Randall, a nurse, who is on a trip to Scotland in 1945 with her husband when she’s transported back in time to 1743. The show is exciting and dramatic and I’m sure the book will be just as good. Plus, it’s a series!
05 | Run, Hide, Repeat by Pauline Dakin
This book is on my list because it was written by the incredible Pauline Dakin! Also known as my amazing radio professor at King’s. Pauline is an amazing storyteller and one of the kindest teachers I’ve ever had. As a child, Pauline, her brother and Mom moved from place to place without any reason — or so she thought. When she was old enough, her Mom explained that they were on the run from organized crime members. Putting her journalistic skills to the test, Pauline discovered the truth about her upbringing.
06 | The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
How could I possibly write a blog post about cozy evening reads without including The Little Book of Hygge? This book is all about life’s simple pleasures: drinking hot chocolate during a storm, lighting candles for a soft glow, and spending time cooking hearty meals with loved ones. I’ve already cracked it open and it already feels like one of those books I’ll go back to if I need a bit of me-time.
07 | Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
I had to include a World War II novel to the mix. At this point, I’m surprised I’m still finding some that I haven’t read yet! Lilac Girls is about three different women: Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite working at the French consulate, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager who works for the resistance, and Herta Oberheuser, a German doctor trapped in the midst of the Nazi regime.
08 | Letters to the Lost by Bridget Kimmerer
This book has incredible reviews on GoodReads, and I feel like it will be a heartwarming — and tearjerking — choice for a melancholy afternoon. Juliet Young grew up writing letters to her mother, a traveling photojournalist. When her mom dies, Juliet continues to write letters and leaves them on her mom’s grave. Then she starts getting replies to her letters from a complete stranger.
09 | The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
This book is a recommendation from my fellow Virgo: Anna from The Anna Edit. I’ve been toying around with the idea of a capsule wardrobe for a long time because I just haven’t been excited about fashion in a long time. I was looking at my closet the other day and I could pretty much donate every single item without a shred of sadness — I need to do a major revamp. The Curated Closet is all about finding the styles and pieces that work for you and your lifestyle. Curating a capsule wardrobe is a way to minimize waste — and spending — on items that you don’t actually need. I love the idea of building a wardrobe that will last.
I love having a well-stocked stack of books to read, and I’m hopeful that this list will last me at least until after Christmas.
What books are on your reading list this winter?