It’s getting cold outside, which limits most of your activities to the great indoors. Why not take advantage of the inclement weather and curl up with a stellar book or two?
Here are the books we’re most excited to read as the world slows down for the winter season.
Hot Off the Press
Boys in Trees by Carly Simon
Carly Simon was the first artist – ever – to win a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award, but this singer/songwriter is so much more than a performer: She is a writer and a feminist who has a lot to say.
The now 70-year-old “You’re So Vain” singer released her memoir in late November, and it is gorgeously written with a refreshing descriptiveness that defies cliches. When discussing the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard, she described the individual plots of land as being “casually separated by stone walls, like a sentence that doesn’t take the turn you think it will take.” Sentences take plenty of unexpected turns in Simon’s book, which details her rise to fame and the dissolution of her seemingly storybook marriage to famous singer James Taylor.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This is for all of you who loved All the Light We Can Not See—and like Anthony Doerr’s bestselling novel, The Nightingale also takes place in Germany occupied France at the onset of World War II. A perfect read for a quiet night by the fire, it highlights the unshakable bond of sisterhood and the rarely told female experience of war and survival. Spoiler: tear-jerker.
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes, the wildly successful powerhouse who created TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, knows a thing or two about professional success. In The Year of Yes, she opens up about fears and insecurities that almost crippled her and recounts the moment she committed to cast them aside to live freely and fearlessly.
Some Holiday Spirit
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
We’ve all heard of The Christmas Carol, but how many of us have taken the time to read it? Regardless of the holiday you’re celebrating this winter, this Dickens novel is a great way to get into the winter spirit.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is the author of my all-time favorite poem, and was one of the key inspirations that drew me to writing as a teen. Her debut memoir tells the story of Angelou as a child, sent to live with her grandmother in rural Alabama during the segregated south. Angelou offers cutting descriptions of the racial tensions of the time, coupled with her poignant and poetic observations of what it means to come of age while poor and black in 20th Century America. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is joyous, painful, memorable, and a classic every socially-conscious woman (or person, period) should have on their shelves.
Work & Creativity
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Just in time for your New Year’s resolutions! Marie Kondo’s book is more than just a how-to for de-cluttering—it’s a look into what an organized life can do for you. As an added bonus, you can pre-order Kondo’s next book Spark Joy, which will be released Jan. 6.