Colder weather really makes me want to snuggle up in a blanket, poor myself a cup of tea and devour a good book. I have been a bit hit or miss with the last several books I read, I admittedly actually read Fifty Shades of Grey... But amongst the fails, I have found some really great new books along with some old favorites were just perfect for hot cider and blankets.
1. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. This is quite possibly my favorite novel of all time. It's about yearning to belong, friendship and murder. The story revolves around 6 closely knit greek students, and the book itself can be viewed as it's own Greek tragedy. This book isn't the easiest read, but it's well worth the effort - I think I have read it 4 times to far...
2. The Poison Tree, by Erin Kelly. Also a novel about friendship, a plain smart girl, Karen, falls hard for a dynamic and interesting girl Biba. There's drugs, love, parties and death. It is a suspenseful novel from page one.
3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I could not put down this book! For real, I think I read the nearly 500 pages in 3 days. The premise of Gone Girl is an unhappily married couple, and the wife just vanishes - did the husband do it, did he not? This novel is kind of THE talk right now in the land of books, and for good reason. It it keeps you guessing from the first few pages and I love how you really get into the brains of the main characters.
4. Middle Sex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. This book was so well written with so many historical facts I had to check twice to make sure the novel wasn't non-fiction. The narrator Cal, formerly Calliope, is a hermaphrodite, and the story of how Cal became the way he/she is starts before conception, all the way back to his/her grandparents. It is a novel full of history and the story of grappling with being different. It's kind of a harder read, but definitely perfect to cozy up with some tea.
Hope this helps next time you are at a bookstore wondering what to get! I also have to recommend Gillian Flynn's other novel Sharp Objects which I just finished this morning. I love finding new authors that have several books I can read.
What can you recommend for me?