Snowy days are fabulous for three things: skiing, hot chocolate or reading. No matter where I am in the world.
One of my goals this year is to read 50 books (Harry Potter series included, but I won’t count that in this list because it goes down like sugar), and I’m excited to share my reading list for the rest of the winter season. When it comes to my reading routine, I love a mix of latest fiction, non-fiction and classics – so you’ll find a mix of trendy titles mixed with timeless adventures you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf forever and a day.
I recommend everyone to abandon Netflix time and airplane movies and just allow their imaginations to get lost in a reading escape once in a while. It’s truly the quickest way to take a trip anywhere in the world and is the most consuming way to give your mind a break from our non-stop grinds.
Here is my winter reading list for travelers and jetsetters; I hope this mix of gems end up in your suitcases, too!
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Long Island, NY) – Any piece of literature that captures of American glamour of the 1920s is a treasure, and no one does that better than Fitzgerald. This one takes place in Long Island…so this is essentially the best Hamptons party ever.
1. Origin by Dan Brown (Spain) – This one has been sitting on my shelf since November and I’m a sucker for Brown’s ability to turn European history into an adventure. He happened to be doing research in Budapest while I was in town last year (and stayed at the same hotel). Needless to say, I geeked out.
2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Russia) – I’ve heard only fabulous things about this one. Hint: combines the 1920s again with aristocratic Russia and a luxury hotel.
3. She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop (New York City)- A little cocktail celebrating one woman’s journey as she navigates the dark side of Manhattan wealth and glamour – plus, it’s Andrea Dunlop.
4. Still Me by Jojo Moyes (New York City) – I love JoJo and can’t wait to devour this one, another coming-of-age tale that explores finding roots in NYC (or, deciding your roots are somewhere else).
5. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Somewhere Thrilling) – I usually try indulge in one thriller a season, and this one is creating so much buzz it’s impossible to ignore. Can’t wait to bring this one to Vermont next week and devour it fireside.
6. Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur (Somewhere Soulful)- This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while but I hear it’s soul shaking – and it’s all about find the sweetness of life even when it serves up bitter chapters.
7. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (Somewhere Mindful) – I love breaking up my fiction with a chapter of extra mindful motivation here and there, I’m excited to see what makes these Jen Sincero books so popular.
8. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood (New England) – Whenever I have the opportunity to read the literary version before the film/TV version, I love it. I’ve heard spectacular reviews on this series so that means only one thing: the book is better. Oh, and it’s set in New England.
9. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin (France)- A love story that centers around class divisions and the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Swoon.
10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (France) – A dazzling historical fiction about World War II, Nazi-occupied Europe and the beautiful story of a French girl and German boy.
Bonus: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – I’m a huge fan of Reese Witherspoon and that warrants joining her new book club. Her latest pick Braving the Wilderness radiates inspiration to the core and I can’t wait to kickstart 2018 with those powerful pages.
What are your book recommendations? I would love to hear them!