Well, it’s official, folks. The temperatures are approaching zero, and the nights are getting chillier and chillier with each passing day. I hate to say it, but… winter is coming. If you, like us, spend your winter hibernating – and by hibernating we mean curled up in a blanket with a warm tea in hand directly in front of the fireplace – then here are some books that will make this winter a little less painful.
November Road by Lou Berney
Set against the backdrop of the assassination of JFK, November Road tells the story of Frank Guidry, a loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’s mob boss Carlos Marcello, who knows a bit too much about the crime of the century than he’s comfortable knowing. Fearing for his life, Frank flees to Las Vegas to avoid the fate that he knows is waiting for him – death. A novel of death, love, and crime, November Road is a sweeping tale of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances.
Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
If Alice is as dead as everyone thinks she is, then why does her wife keep seeing her in the background of news reports from across the country? Instead of giving up, Keisha gets a job for a trucking company, hops in a big rig, and travels across America in the hopes of finding Alice alive and well. But when Keisha stumbles upon a supernatural conspiracy right in front of our eyes, how far will she be willing to go to find her wife? And was Alice even the person she thought she was?
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
Okay, technically this one is a design book and not a story per se, but Joanna Gaines is the best, and we’re FINALLY getting some advice from everyone’s favourite interior designer! Using examples from her own farmhouse, as well as a range of other houses that she’s worked on, Joanna Gaines’s advice will help you assess your own style instincts and preferences while walking you through the steps it takes to create a beautiful, comfortable home. Plus, it looks lovely on a coffee table when you’re not being inspired by it, so it’s a win-win.
Forever And A Day by Anthony Horowitz
There isn’t much to tell you about this novel. Oh, except the fact that, in the opening chapter of this book… 007. IS. MURDERED. Found floating in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown assailant. It’s time for a new weapon in the war against organized crime to earn their license to kill. It’s time for… James Bond! In this prequel to Casino Royale, we get an inside look at the origin story of James Bond, perhaps the world’s most famous spy. (Which, really, when you think about it, might not be so great for his cover…)
The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem
I confess, I only knew Jonathan Lethem from his works of literary fiction, like The Fortress of Solitude. Unbeknownst to me, however, Lethem actually made his name as a detective writer when he published Motherless Brooklyn. Now, for the first time since 1999, Lethem is returning to his bread and butter with another detective story! This time around, Phoebe Siegler is looking for a friend’s missing daughter, and the only man that can help is Heist, a laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer… Together, this unlikely duo travels LA and discover that Arabella is caught in the middle of a violent standoff that, oddly enough, Heist may be involved in.
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
After all these years, it’s finally time to return to Green Gables. The main difference? This time, Anne isn’t there yet. Telling the story of Marilla – the woman that would come to raise Anne in the original series – this new installment in the series explores life in Avonlea pre-Anne and the ways in which Marilla boldly ventured beyond the safety net of Green Gables. Expertly crafted and beautifully written, Marilla of Green Gables is ready to take its rightful place beside the original in the Anne of Green Gables canon.
I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Raise your hand if you started singing the song as soon as you read that title. (It happens to me every. single. time.) In this companion to everyone’s favourite sitcom, Kelsey Miller examines every aspect of Friends, from the good – What made the show so appealing? How did it achieve and sustain its popularity? – to the bad – Why have some of the jokes aged so poorly? Is it a show that is deserving of its place in the modern television canon? – and everything in between. Featuring revelatory interviews, personal stories, and essays, I’ll Be There For You is the perfect read for those who has binge watched the series, like, 15 times on Netflix (like me) or new fans alike.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
For centuries, a mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters. In this beautifully dark, breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry transports us to Prague, where Helen Franklin works as a translator. One day, her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in a library, alongside a strange confession and a curious warning about something (or someone?) called “Melmoth the Witness”. Little does Helen know, however, that she’s being watched. And then Karel disappears… Blending elements of folklore, horror, and fantasy, Melmoth is the perfect book to curl up with in front of a fireplace on a cold, dark night.
GuRu by RuPaul
Okay, so, like Homebody, technically you’re not going to get lost in the pages of GuRu because it’s not a storybook. However, you WILL be hecka entertained. If you haven’t already fallen in love with RuPaul’s Drag Race, then hurry to Netflix and catch up on the series.
…Caught up? Great. Now you’re ready for GuRu, a collection of philosophies from RuPaul. Packed with stunning photographs and incredible quotations, GuRu sheds light on RuPaul‘s enormously successful career and explores the ways in which we can set aside our egos to allow space for the unlimited possibilities that life has to offer. (Honestly, I just wanted to talk about RuPaul a little…)
Family Trust by Kathy Wang
Yes, this one is currently this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read. No, we will never stop talking about it. When Stanley Huang is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his family responds in an… interesting manner. Instead of rallying around the dying man, each member of the Huang clan is curious to find out what their share of his supposed fortune is. And they’re willing to go to (sometimes ridiculous) lengths to find out…
Tell us, Savvy Readers: What books are you curling up with as the temperature gets colder? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Happy reading (and stay warm!)