Are you looking forward to cozying up by the fire this winter with a few good books and a steaming mug of tea? Here are my favorite classics as well as a some newer books for your booklist:
Best Winter Reads For Moms
Pay it Forward, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Now is a great time to revisit this best-seller, that was originally published in 2000. It is the story of a twelve-year-old boy in a California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to do something to make the world better.
The Pursuit of Happyness, written by Chris Gardner
Here is another national best-seller, guaranteed to make you rethink your priorities. The true story of Chris Gardner’s path from homeless father to Wall Street executive.
Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8), by Jan Karon
The eighth book in the Mitford series, this book offers a heart-warming message and is a true holiday “comfort” book.
If you are looking for more personal motivation and inspiration to propel into 2018, try one of these:
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, written by Brené Brown
I’m currently reading this book, which focuses on the meaning of connection, as well as finding the strength to stay true to your inner wisdom. Brené Brown receives great reviews for her newest book, which was just released this September.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, written by Shonda Rimes
This book and accompanying journal offer you the chance to reflect on how you can be more open to new experiences in your life.
The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between, written by Ashlee Gadd
After reading the synopsis of this book, I immediately put it on my to-read list. This is a collection of stories and essays to help remind mothers that we all were women before we were mothers. Reconnecting with this identity is important for us all.
If you prefer fictional classics, try one of these:
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Set in Post-Civil War America, this book tells the story of the relationships between adolescent sisters and explores gender roles at that time. A must-read classic.
Love in the Time of Cholera, written by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Set in Columbia, this is a love story that unfolds over fifty years.
Finally, if you are a mystery lover or still feeling the Christmas spirit here are few favorites:
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, written by Agatha Christie
If you just saw the movie based on Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express, and you are looking for more mystery “Agatha style”, try this holiday read.
The Christmas Collection, written by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
A collection of three fast-paced, holiday mystery stories written by this mother-daughter author duo.
A Midnight Clear: Family Christmas Stories, written by Katherine Paterson
In this book, Katherine shares stories that her husband John told his congregation over the years on Christmas Eve.
Holidays on Ice and Santaland Diaries, written by Raleigh’s own David Sedaris
These two books revolve around the holidays and always make my laugh out loud.
Skipping Christmas, written by John Grisham
This book was made into the movie, Christmas with the Kranks, in 2004, however, even if you’ve seen the movie, this is the perfect seasonal book to remember the true meaning of Christmas
Select one or several, and let me know your thoughts!