A nice mug of hot chocolate, a comfy chair, a thick blanket, and a book between your hands; what can be better? With the colder weather upon us now the days are getting slower as we escape the cold outside and spend more time in our homes. This now is the perfect opportunity to spend more quality time with a good book. Here are some books that will warm up your heart on chilly, cold nights.
On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous
By Ocean Vuong
The debut novel by the Vietnamese-American poet Ocean Vuong is a gorgeous work of self-discovery. With a beautiful and graceful style, the author writes about people caught between two different worlds and how we can heal one another without giving up on who we are. The novel is written in a form of a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read revealing a family’s history that began before he was born and the mother knows nothing about. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award. It is also Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is a Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold
By Toshikazu Kawauchi
The moving story is about a café in a small alley in Tokyo that has been serving perfectly brewed coffee for more than one hundred years, but that’s not the interesting part yet. This café offers a one-of-a-kind service where customers can travel back in time but they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. The story explores a golden question: Would you ever travel back in time? Who would you meet, and what would you like to change?
The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak
The #1 New York Times bestseller tells the story of a foster girl, Liesel Meminger, who is living outside of Munich in 1939 exposed to the horrors of war and politics. Her foster father, Hans teaches her to read and she then steals books that politicians wants to destroy and shares those stolen books with her neighbors and a Jewish man they hid in their basement. This international bestseller was translated into 63 languages and sold 16 million copies. The novel was adapted into a movie in 2013.
By Kristin Hannah
A beautiful historical fiction narrating the story of two sisters in France during WWII and the many struggles they had to face to survive the German Occupation. The two sisters separate where each of them embarks on her own dangerous journey and the many ordeals they had to go through on a path toward freedom and survival. The author depicts the picture of that era in a compelling and powerful narration. The Nightingale is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and a Wall Street Journal Best Book of The Year.
One Day in December
By Josie Silver
A whirlwind of heartwarming romance. It is the story of Laurie who doesn’t believe in love at first sight until one snowy day in December her eyes meet with that of another man whom she instantly knows is the one in a moment of magic but then the bus stop. Certain that fate will bring them together, it does but in the unluckiest situation when a year later Laurie meets him at a Christmas party as her friend’s boyfriend. The love story is a reminder that fate takes unexpected turns in the strangest way ever.