The chilly fingers of winter are starting to grab the back of my neck, so it’s the right time of year so start thinking cozy. I would like to share my winter book recommendations list which includes some old favourites and some new experiences. I’m looking forward to snatching some hours with a hot cup of tea and woolly socks with these!

Hugh Howey – Shift

Hot on the heels of his first in the series (Wool), Hugh Howey’s new book promises to re-insert me in to the amazing underground world of the future and prequel the gripping and all encompassing first book. I like a series that shifts backwards because you are already familiar with the characters, so it’s the story that takes front seat.

Tracy Kidder – Mountains Beyond Mountains

This book tracks the journey of Paul Farmer as he brings medical help to those who need them most. I came across this book from a TeD talk and am looking forward to being inspired and overwhelmed with a person putting it all on the line to help the neediest among us.

Kate Atkinson – Life After Life

I love a book that tries to give a version of an answer to a big question – what if we could do it all over again? And again? This book follows the lives of Ursula Todd through the 1900s and how she deals with being born over and over in to different lives. Will she use her powers for good or self interest?

Anne Tyler – The Beginners Goodbye

Anne Tyler is always a lock for an indulgent read, her prose is spot on and her stories, while sometimes a bit singular, are full of rich predictable narrative so easy to follow and a joy to come home to. The story begins with the main character Dorothy coming back to life after her death in an accident, written from the point of view of Aaron, the grieving husband.

Jodi Piccoult – Lone Wolf

The prodigal son returns! And so does Jodi Piccoult! Always a page turner and a heart squeezer, Jodi’s latest is going to be another in depth look at a family in crisis, this time with an absent father on life support, an estranged son returning home to say goodbye and a daughter who isn’t ready yet.

Bob Harris – The International Bank of Bob

I’m a huge fan and user of kiva.org so am looking forward to a story behind the loans – the people who are on the receiving end of my (and others) microfinance $25 loans. Told through the eyes of Bob, I’m hoping it’s as funny and heartfelt as his other work.

So that’s what I’m looking forward to curling up with – how about you? Any suggestions?

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  • No longer winter, but still some good ones I’d like to read here during summer! I have read, and really enjoyed, Lone Wolf.


  • I read the Lone Wolf by Piccoult a few months ago, loved it, huge fan of her writing.


  • Please read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons you will not be disappointed.
    Pick the book up from your local op. shop. I buy all my books here and when I’m ready for another I give the books back and buy new books for $2-5 you can not beat that!


  • Recommend: Wild Swans by Jung Chang.


  • Definitely need this now that it’s raining all the time, wet and cold outside… Thanks!


  • The Wool and Shift books were terrific. I love reading in winter all snuggled up in a blanket on the couch.


  • Life after life sounds good. Will look out for it.


  • I am looking for a new book to read so will check these ones out


  • will check these out at the library, thanks


  • Just in time for curling up with a good book this winter!


  • These books all sound like good reads. Thanks for providing this post, as I’m an avid reader.


  • It’s so important to have a great book to escape to!


  • Great read, thanks for sharing


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • thanks for the list, will keep it in mind


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