Best Winter Reads

Friday, February 3, 2017

I'm a bookworm through and through! And when the weather is cold (or cool here in's all relative!), there's nothing I love more than to cuddle up with a blanket, cup of coffee and a good book! Maybe you need a good read to get you through the winter doldrums...I'm sharing some of my favorite authors and books.

best winter reads

No matter what time of year it is, reading continues to be a favorite hobby of mine. I love getting lost in a great story! Here are a few of my favorite reads...don't worry, no spoiler alerts!

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1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book was recently made into a movie and maybe you've seen it. I'm pretty confident that the book is better (because they always are!)

If you like love stories that grapple with strong emotions, this book delivers! It's a story of pain, joy, grief and sacrifice...and while it's sad, it is so good that it's worth shedding a few tears over! There's a sequel too!

I've read nearly everything by Jojo Moyes and with the exception of one or two, I've loved her books! She's definitely an author to check out.

2. The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin

The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin

WOW! If you haven't discovered Charles Martin yet, you need to get on the bus! This was the first novel by Charles Martin that I read, and I've since devoured everything else he has to offer! His books delve deep into human relationships and redemption is an underlying theme.

The Dead Don't Dance is a story of the hardest decision that a spouse must make...Dr Dylan Styles is faced with a tragedy and a subsequent decision to make. It's gripping and you won't be able to put it down! Thank goodness there's a sequel...and many other equally compelling stories by this author!

3. The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi

The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi

This is the story of a woman who moves to Greece after a crushing divorce and buys a dilapidated cottage. An unlikely friendship develops as she enlists the help of a gardener to help her tame the wild backyard of her home. The garden becomes the bridge between the differences in their status, welfare and race. It's a very good read, and is actually the first book in a whole series set in Greece. You can find the rest of the books here.

4. Desert Heat by J.A. Jance

Desert Heat by J.A. Jance

I love a good crime story, especially when the protagonist is a feisty pregnant sheriff all of 5 feet tall! Joanna Brady overcomes numerous hurdles and never gives up in her quest to discover 'who done it', while simultaneously playing the role of wife and mother. This is one likable sheriff! The whole series is excellent crime drama!

5. The Winter Sea by Susannah Kearsley

The Winter Sea by Susannah Kearsley

Okay, are you ready for a confession? My knowledge of history is terrible...I had a boooring history teacher and I'm pretty sure I daydreamed through all four years of high school history! Mind you, it was all Canadian history so a lot of good it would do me anyway, right?

But, I love to read historical fiction! Mr DIY teases me that my everything I know about history was learned from a novel! My historical knowledge may actually be a little skewed, hehe. BUT, I figure I'm learning a few nuggets of truth and actual fact in with the fiction so it's all good 🌝

Susanna Kearsley writes about historical fiction and each of her books has a time travel element. But wait...I know what you're thinking...time travel? Seriously? 

Trust me, the way she weaves history in with the current lives of her characters is truly amazing and I have devoured ever single book she has written!

There's romance, mystery, history and oftentimes danger! Susannah Kearsley's books are enticing and make the perfect winter read!

So there you have it...some of my favorite authors and books to pass a chilly day! Have you read any of these books?

If you're a bookworm, I think you'll really enjoy these suggestions! 

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  1. I also love to read. I force myself to only read in the evenings or I wouldn't get anything done during the day lol! I have recently started reading historical fiction. Have you read Susana Calkins. She has the Lucy Campion series set in the 1600's. I've only read the 1st book so far but boy was it good! I plan on reading the others but my library has to order them for me. Happy reading!!

    1. Hey Pam, I know what you mean! When I'm in a good book, it's soooo hard to put down! I haven't read anything by Susana Calkins, but thanks for the recommendation! I'll definitely check out her books, that series sounds interesting!


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