Survive the cold winter with these 21 great books to read this winter. With everything from young adult to historical fiction, there’s something that everyone will enjoy.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been an avid reader. It’s one of the major reasons I decided to major in English at college (reading was my kind of homework) and one reasons I ran a book review blog for a long time. Reading has always given me a way to escape from the real life stress and jump into another world that I can watch from a distance without having to be truly involved.
I used to be a huge fan of buying actual books but once I started traveling, I realized carrying a book or five in my bag just wasn’t practical, so I’m now an electronic reader all the way. Give me a tablet like the NOOK that holds hundreds of my favorite books at time any day over a bag loaded down with just the weight of two books. It’s definitely made its way into my travel essentials.
The brand new Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7″ is a great choice for anyone who likes to read and is always on the go. It not only works great for reading, it has a ton of other options to make it more than just an e-reader. Things like front and rear facing cameras (and plenty of storage for all of those pictures), bluetooth connectivity, and the other abilities of a tablet such as being able to download millions of books, apps, games, and movies from the Google Play and NOOK stores.
And at $49.99, it’s ridiculously inexpensive. You can either pre-order it now in any Barnes & Noble Store, or on their website here, or just wait and buy it when it goes on sale on Black Friday. With so many different features and apps available, pick it up with a Barnes & Noble gift card for the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list.
The new NOOK Tablet 7″ also gives you the ability to create up to six different profiles so like for my family, we have one for me (with all my books), one for my husband (with his apps), and one for my son with just games. I love being able to click on my profile and have it customized just for me. I already have my winter reading list all loaded and ready to read during my holiday travels.
All of these books are available for purchase in NOOK Book format on the Barnes & Noble website, including a handful of books that are less than $4.99! I tried to include a little bit of everything since my reading tastes are eclectic, but if none of these books fit your likes, you can choose from thousands of other NOOK Books to find something that sounds more interesting.
21 Books to Read This Winter
Young Adult Books to Read
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – A coming of age story about a teenage boy who has been abducted by aliens and has to decide whether or not to let the world end.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – The story of the queen of hearts before she became the queen of hearts. Catherine is a baker and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but she meets and secretly falls in love with the court joker. Out of all of the books on my list, this is at the top of my list.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout – After years of homeschooling, Mallory is back at public school for her senior year and having to deal with scars and people from her past. Mallory must make the choice between staying silent and speaking out, and I for one can’t wait to see what she chooses.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith – Eden was always the good girl, until her brother’s best friend rapes her and her world falls apart. This novel follows Eden’s journey as she tries to find the path back to the way she used to be.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Baumbaux – Jessie is a junior at a new ultra-intimidating high school and lost. A mysterious “friend” named somebody/nobody sends her an email and offers to help her navigate her way through the new school.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – Libby, once America’s fattest teen is ready to be something else. She wants people to look past her weight to see who she really is, and this is the year it’s going to happen. Combine Libby and the master of swagger and fitting in, Jack, in a cruel high school game and you have a story of love, friendship, and learning who you really are.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Natasha believes in facts, not fate. And Daniel is the straightforward student, not a dreamer. When they meet, it all changes. Every moment in their life will change once they meet an with a million different futures available, which one will they choose?
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa – The first novel from YouTube star Joey Graceffa introduces us to Rowan, a second child who is marked for death in an overpopulated world. She’s been hidden away by her family since birth and decides it’s time to make a break for it. The synopsis reminds me of so many other young adult novels I love.
Thrillers/Drama Books to Read
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – An ex-agent for the US government is running for her life, with one chance to clear her name. That chance makes things even more dangerous than before, and she’s running out of options. This thriller from the author of Twilight and The Host shows why Stephanie Meyer is a best selling author.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Mind bending, twisty, and thrilling are the words used to describe Dark Matter. Jason is kidnapped from his home one night only to wake up as himself in a different dimension, a dimension where he made different decisions 15 years ago. Jason has to find a way back to the life he built with a wife and son he loves, rather than being stuck in one of the millions of other lives he created through decisions he’s made. This is one of the only books on this list I’ve actually read, and I highly recommend it. Seriously fascinating and mind bending.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – Even if I don’t love every Jodi Picoult novel, they are all extremely well written and thought provoking. Her newest Small Great Things is an honest novel touching on modern-day racism. Ruth is an African American nurse who is reassigned from a newborn patient because the white parents don’t want an African American nurse touching their baby. Ruth is taken off the case, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is the only one around. Does she help the baby or obey rules? Along with Heartless, this is at the top of my list.
I let you go by Claire Mcintosh – The novel follows Jenna Gray, a mom who moves to a remote cottage to try and get over losing her child to a tragic car accident, and the pair of police offers who are trying to find the criminal in the hit and run accident. Said to be similar to A Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this thriller follows their attempts to catch the suspect in this twist-filled story.
Historical Fiction Books to Read
Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – A stand alone sequel to the bestseller The Kitchen House, this story tells of a family and their long-buried secrets during their journey in the underground railroad. Three enter the railroad and not all will make it out alive.
Salt to the Sea Ruta Septys – Set in WWII, thousands of refugees are making the long trek toward freedom and salvation aboard the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff, when tragedy strikes. The thousands aboard must fight for survival in this historical fiction retelling of the greatest maritime disaster in history.
The Girls by Emma Cline – It’s summer of 1960 and Evie is a lonely and thoughtful teenager who gets intrigued by a group of girls in the park. Evie is drawn into the circle of girls who turn out to be part of an exciting cult set in the hills and led by one charismatic man. Evie’s obsession with the girls continues until she moves closer to unthinkable violence, and making a life-changing mistake.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelley – Two women in different worlds living their lives right before WWII. Caroline is New York socialite just looking for love and Kasia is a Polish teenager who is quickly seeing her carefree childhood fall apart in front of her very eyes. And Herta is an ambitious young German doctor trying to get out of her desolate life. When Hitler invades Poland in 1939 and sets its sights on France, these three women’s lives are set on a collision path.
General Fiction Books to Read
Britt Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman – Britt Marie walks out of her impeccably clean house and out on her cheating husband to take a job in a small town as the caretaker of a soon to be demolished recreation center. Somewhere amidst the muddy floors, unruly children, and coaching a children’s soccer team – she figures out who it is she really is.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover – Lily’s life seems too good to be true when she moves to Boston to start her own business and feels a spark with the gorgeous neurosurgeon Ryan Kincaid. Things are going great until Atlas Corrigan, a blast from her past, reappears in her life and threatens to destroy the relationship and life she’s built.
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino – A warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel. It made numerous lists of must-read books for the fall, and it’s on the top of my list for this winter.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Lucy and Joshua are colleagues who hate each other, and now they’re up for the same promotion at work. At some point during all the hating, Lucy and Joshua realize that maybe they don’t hate each other after all. A good read for the beach or traveling this winter.
The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart) – Eleven year old Dupree is an avid liar. Sometimes she lies to protect her mom Evie (how Dupree got a bruise on her cheek, etc.) and sometimes she lies to spite Evie. It’s only when Dupree realizes her thought to be happy family is falling apart and Dupree is in real danger that she realizes how much damage her past lies have done.
What’s on your current reading list?