Winter has finally descended upon Rhode Island. Luckily, we have not been subject to the unrelenting snow and cold of 2015 this season, but that does not mean we should forego the perks that winter has to bring. And yes, there are a few!
There is nothing I like better than curling up with a great book. Granted, I am all about doing it on my porch in the Fall with a warm sweater and blanket, but I still love curling up on my couch in my jammies with a thick robe and lots of blankets. Many a perfect Sunday afternoon (or snow day) have been spent traveling the universe in this fashion.
I did not write just to tell you about my love for these afternoons-I wanted to share some titles that you may like to add to your reading list as well. Some of them are new. Some of them are a few of my favorites. ALL of them are worth a shot! If you read them, let me know! And share your favorites with me as well. I am always looking for that next story that will capture my heart and make it sing or break it into a million pieces. Luckily, the winter provides the perfect reason and time to cuddle up and read. It is just too cold to do anything else!
Books to Add to your 2016 Reading List
(All are available through OSL, so put your order in today! http://catalog.oslrianet/
1. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (Reading Now): A haunted motel, 3 generations of tragedy, and a Hitchcockesque plot that will make any horror reader rush to the bookshelf. I am only about a third of the way through, but I am curious to see how the story’s current day events tie into the family’s history with the hotel and if the two friends left to solve the mystery will walk away unscathed or become the hotel’s next victims.
2. Playing Big by Tara Sophia Mohr: Far and away my best book of 2015. If I could make this required reading for every female between the ages of 20 and 45, I would. Mohr empowers women to play big by not waiting for the right time, right opportunities, or right permissions. Every woman has dreams no matter how big or small and the biggest thing holding them back is themselves. Her most important teaching? You can never get rid of your inner critic but you can push her back and use your inner mentor to reach those goals much sooner than you think. And she will lay out the plan for making it happen. Read it, gift it, blog about it, whatever you do, pass it on!!!
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling; Just finished): If you are looking for another Harry Potter, then this is not your series. However, if you want an interesting and solid mystery that will appeal to men and women alike, you’ve hit the jackpot. Leading man Cormoran Strike is currently a P.I., but his background as the illegitimate son of a rock star and a war hero who lost a leg is deep and interesting enough for a novel of its own. His assistant Robin Ellacott also has an interesting storyline with an even more interesting past. The first novel has our protagonists searching for the killer of a superstar model who is believed to have committed suicide. Read it soon-the movie is filming now!
4. The Stranger by Harlan Coben: This is on my to-read list as soon as my hold comes in! The publisher description reads “The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.” I must admit, I cannot wait to dig into these secrets!
Let me know what you think and I will pass on more good titles as I read them!!!