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Winter Reading

I try to read for an hour every day. Easier some days than others — beach days, days at my folks’ house, and rainy winter days. In Vancouver, we get a lot of those. Now that winter has settled in, I’ve accumulated a stack of books to work through over these next cold, dark, damp months. Here’s what’s on my ‘bedside table’ at the moment (note: my apartment is too small for a bedside table. My beside table is a windowsill next to my bed):

Books-for-Winter-Layout

  1. Purity, Jonathan Franzen’s latest. I love Franzen’s books a lot. The Corrections is still the one to beat for me, but so far Purity is a contender for my favourite Franzen. The protagonists I’ve ‘met’ so far — Pip, Andreas, Leila — are so real to me I wouldn’t be surprised to meet them on the street. Read this book, in spite of its ugly cover.
  2. Fates and Furies – a marriage from his and hers perspectives. I’ve only read the first chapter of this one, while visiting my cousin last weekend, but I loved it. This book is getting a lot of buzz.
  3. I love Sloane Crosley’s hilarious, smart essays, and now she’s written a novel. Can’t wait to read The Clasp.
  4. I bought this one for my new book club. Unlike my last book club, VinLit, which as co-ed, my new book club is ladies only. Which means we get to read books like Roxane Gay’s collection of essays, Bad Feminist. I love a good essay.
  5. ‘Creative Living Beyond Fear’ seemed like a good topic for a girl who’s just left her stable job to write. This one’s on deck.
  6. And one more novel, Did You Ever Have A Family, which follows a bunch of people whose lives are affected by a tragic fire.

What are you planning to read this winter?

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  • Reply Bianca S November 28, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I’ve added quite a few of these recommendations to my TBR list! Purity sounds right up my alley! I love a good mystery/thriller/suspenseful book in the winter! I feel like the summer is all about “lighter reads” but the winter is perfect for the heavy deep and real subjects. I have an awesome winter read entitled “The Question” by R. Breuer Stearns (http://rbreuerstearns.com/). The book focuses on a group of government scientists working on a group think project. This unity of minds has come together to determine if God exists and you can imagine the kind of controversy that follows such an experiment. The book truly is a philosophical journey that covers a wide range of topics (politics, religion, the human condition). I felt the characters were well developed and best of all the SUSPENSE and plots twists and turns in this book were amazing. I really hope you and your readers will check out “The Question” (Happy Winter Reading!)

  • Reply Bianca S November 28, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I’ve added quite a few of these recommendations to my TBR list! Purity sounds right up my alley! I love a good mystery/thriller/suspenseful book in the winter! I feel like the summer is all about “lighter reads” but the winter is perfect for the heavy deep and real subjects. I have an awesome winter read entitled “The Question” by R. Breuer Stearns (http://rbreuerstearns.com/). The book focuses on a group of government scientists working on a group think project. This unity of minds has come together to determine if God exists and you can imagine the kind of controversy that follows such an experiment. The book truly is a philosophical journey that covers a wide range of topics (politics, religion, the human condition). I felt the characters were well developed and best of all the SUSPENSE and plots twists and turns in this book were amazing. I really hope you and your readers will check out “The Question” (Happy Winter Reading!)

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