(Original story published on Monday January 27th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
Looking for a reason to stay indoors on these horrifically chilly winter days? We’ve got six.
For those times you simply can’t bear to pile on the layers and brave the outdoors, there’s one thing that couldn’t be more appealing: making a cup of tea, grabbing a snuggly blanket, and curling up with a good book.
ince choosing a novel can be one daunting task, we’ve hand-picked a list of excellent new and hot fiction reads you’re bound to love. So, put that kettle on and dive into our list of winter must-reads.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, $17
This haunted odyssey begins with Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker who survives an accident that kills his mother. He spends his childhood clinging to the one thing that reminds him of her: a captivating painting that ultimately pulls Theo into the underworld of art.
2. The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion, $10
This feel-good romantic comedy is about a handsome but awkward professor who designs a sixteen-page scientifically researched questionnaire to find the perfect partner. It’s the one who’s wrong on paper who might just be totally right for him.
3. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney, $8
This laugh-out-loud funny book is Katie Heaney’s memoir of her years spent looking for love. At age twenty-five, she has never had a boyfriend and has hardly been on a second date. This novel is perfect for anyone who has struggled to find love.
4. A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, $11
The novel takes place in January 1943, where women resisters in Paris were rounded up and sent on a train to a death camp. Out of over two hundred women, six were still alive in 2010 and able to tell their stories about the particular qualities of a female camaraderie that kept so many of them alive.
5. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, $10
A witty and heart-wrenching novel, The Beginning of Everything is about Ezra Faulkner, a popular boy with a great athletic career and social life, who was supposed to be homecoming king until his entire world flipped upside down.
6. The Dinner by Herman Koch, $8
Suspenseful and controversial, this novel tells the tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision about an unimaginable tragedy over the course of one meal.