Books to Read This Winter

I love living in New Hampshire – long winters with short days mean that I don’t have to feel guilty when I put the littles to bed early and then curl up on the couch with a book. That’s so much harder to do when the days are long! The flowers and gardens are lovely in the summer, but all of the reading in the winter is just delicious!

Today I’m linking up with Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl to share what I hope to read this winter. This list is subject to change as soon as I push publish — reading is fickle that way — but I’ll do my best!

The Starless Sea is Erin Morgenstern’s newest release. I adored The Night Circus, and this one seems just as dreamy and fun.

I really enjoyed another novel by Ruta Sepetys, so I’m looking forward to this historical fiction set in Spain in the 1950s. I’ve had it out from the library for weeks!

Light Changes Everything will be published in January and I’d like to try it out. I’ve been into westerns lately and this looks like a great story about young girls who love books.

A Long Petal of the Sea will also be published in January. And much like Fountains of Silence, it’s set in Spain but at the beginning of General Franco’s dictatorship. This might be a year of Spain for me!

The Glittering Hour has gotten a lot of buzz! Look at that cover – isn’t it beautiful?

Of course I need a WWII novel set in Paris to look forward to! Three Hours in Paris looks like a riveting story of taking on Hitler.

I’ve been looking for good spiritual memoirs lately and learned about Sarah Bessey on a recent episode of What Should I Read Next? and found her to be delightful.

Ross Gay was a recent guest on an On Being episode and I loved every word he spoke. This book of essays is just what I think I need right now.

Marilynne Robinson has quickly become one of my favorite authors, despite my very complicated feelings about faith and spirituality. I’ve had this book of essays for nearly a year and have been intimidated by them, but I hope to challenge myself in 2020.

I still haven’t read Robinson’s Housekeeping, which many people seem to love. It’s not available at my public library or on our state’s overdrive system, but I know that all I have to do is ask. Sometimes that trips me up.


Oh man – there’s so much out there and I just realized that I didn’t even include any of the Wendell Berry novels that I have stacked beside my bed! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else hopes to read this winter. Have you read any of these or see an author who particularly delights you? Any suggestions for me?? Please say so in the comments!

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  1. I just got Starless Sea from the library, but I have heard mixed reviews about it. I hope I find it as lovely as I did the Night Circus! I have added the Sepetys book to my list, thank you!

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  2. I’m planning to read Sarah Bessey this year too. I have been sorting and purging my books this weekend and getting ready to participate in The Unread Shelf project. Also a listener of What Should I Read Next

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