I just love this time of year, don’t you? It’s a little bit cooler and the air is filled with excitement and urgency for the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, though, and my instinct when things start getting a little crazy is to pick up a book.
My holiday go-to is Pride and Prejudice. I can read this book any time of year but for some reason, I’m always drawn to it around the holidays. Maybe it has something to do with the resemblance of the Bennett family to my own, or the fact that my bestie and I were obsessed with the book (and 2005 movie) all throughout high school, but this book always feels like coming home.
I have a good friend who feels the same kind of way about Wuthering Heights and she unashamedly rereads it every year around this time. I think there’s just something about classic literature that is comforting and that speaks to our souls differently than modern novels and stories can. And when life gets crazy as it often does around this time of year, we want something warm and cozy to wrap up in.
Now that I’ve rambled enough about holiday reading, I can get to the good stuff! 😉
For my last reading list I realized that seven books may be a bit ambitious with how busy I am. So for my Winter Reading List, I’m implementing stretch goals. It will be my goal to finish the last two books on my list but if I don’t, they’ll be the top two on my next list!
And, as I did last time, I will include a ☑️ next to the books I finish as I finish them so if you ever want to chat about a story or character when I’m done, I’m happy to do so!
So without further ado, here’s my Winter Reading List that I’m super stoked about!
–Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) ☑️
This is another book where if you haven’t read it or don’t know anything about it, we just can’t be friends. Read the book. Watch the movie. Get educated about this classic. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are some of the greatest characters ever written.
–Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) ☑️
This is a quirky story that follows a guy named Lincoln whose job is to read email conversations between employees at a company to make sure they’re in compliance with company policy. However, long emails between friends Beth and Jennifer take lonely Lincoln by surprise when he realizes he has deep feelings for one of the girls.
–Quality is Free (Philip Crosby)
I’m currently reading Quality is Free for professional development at work and I find it absolutely fascinating. This book is one of the first written about the internal quality management of a company. The idea is that quality (compliance with set standards) is free but not complying to high standards of quality can be very costly. If you’re a process, quality assurance, or organization operations nerd like me and you haven’t already read this, I highly recommend it.
–Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)☑️
This movie came out in November and I had no idea it was a book. I know, shame on me. I should just always assume movies are books first because so often they are. This classic detective novel is set on a train on its way from Istanbul to London and is filled with quirky and suspicious characters in a real whodunit mystery (my favorite).
–Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng) ☑️
As much as this book is another mystery novel, it is also a story about family and our struggles to understand those closest to us. Set in Ohio in the 1970s, the Everything I Never Told You follows a Chinese American family’s descent into chaos when their favorite daughter’s body is found in the local lake. This one was on the top of all the lists in 2014 but I’m just now getting around to it and I’m pumped to read it!
–Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
I, like most of America, absolutely loved this movie and cannot wait to read this book. For my friends who live under a rock, Hidden Figures is about three brilliant African-American women at NASA who become the brains behind launching John Glenn into orbit. Filled with girl power, inspiration, and the beautiful story of kicking discrimination in the butt, Hidden Figures is the true non-fiction story of how Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson changed history.
–Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff (Chip Gaines) ☑️
I am a woman from Texas therefore I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper (HGTV) and Chip and Joanna Gaines in general. So of course I have to read Chip’s new book Capital Gaines where he talks about things his mentors taught him and, like the title suggests, all the things he’s learned from taking risks and being his crazy-antics self. I’m excited to hear what he has to say about business but I’m also just excited to hear all his crazy stories because you know they’ll be good.
What do you think? Will you be joining along this winter? Read any of these already? Let’s chat!