Good Books for a Blizzard

With a several inches predicted at the beginning of this week and a bitterly cold three day weekend coming, it has never been more tempting to stay in your cozy bed for long periods of time. And although Netflix may be a pretty good winter companion, sometimes you just want to curl up with a good book. Here some recommendations to indulge whatever your literary preference is (all tried and tested by the author).  

1. For the mystery devotee…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  

While Rachel Watson’s own life is a mess, on the train every morning, she sees the same couple living a supposedly perfect life. Until one day, everything is different. This novel is extremely gripping every step of the way and intricately created. With thirteen weeks spent at the New York Times bestseller list and rave reviews, there’s no questioning its popularity.  

Similar Titles: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, In the Woods by Tana French 

2.  For the fantasy enthusiast… 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein 

Perhaps one of the most magical books ever written, The Night Circus tells of two magicians and the mysterious circus they have created. With incredible imagery, a compelling plot line and a beautiful love story, this book will have enchanted until the last page.  

Similar Titles: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Dorothy Must Die by Daniella Page,  

3. For the non-fiction buff

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates 

Ta-Nahisi Coates gives a personal narrative to issues of race in this country presented as a message to his teenaged son. He examines many different facets of what it is like to be black in America in a passionate and moving way. A must read for anyone interested in the social issues of our time.  

Similar Titles: Missoula by John KrakaeurThe New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander  

 

4. For the romance lover

 

Eleanor and Park  by Rainbow Rowell 

Eleanor and Park is the story of first love between two 16 years misfits in the 80s. It’s funny and emotional in all the right ways and is a breath of fresh air in the romance novels department.  

Similar Titles: One Day by David Nicholls, Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

Hint for Boston students: The Boston Public Library has an insane amount of books and you can get a free card for being a Boston college student. The best part? You can register for a card online and check out titles to your tablet, e-reader etc. all without having to leave your dorm room.

So pick one of these up from your local bookstore, library or on your e-reader, make a warm cup of hot chocolate and settle down for some well deserved downtime!