Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you!

As winter is probably my favourite season, and I’m also passionate about reading, today I want to share with you my winter reading list for the incoming year.

To be honest—and I’m ashamed to admit this—last year I only read… one book! I know… This is totally embarrassing, especially coming from a supposed literature lover. That’s why I’ve decided that this year I’ll take up the reading habit again.

Perhaps, one of the reasons for this is that I watched lots of films and TV series instead.

To change this, I’ve entered this year’s Goodreads reading challenge. I have set that I will read a total of 24 books in 2017, that is, two books each month or 6 books each season.

The following is a list of the 6 books I want to read this winter. Recommendations are welcomed in the comments section below!

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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel García Márquez

 

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

I’ve never read anything by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez but I think his books are a must-read. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and is best known for his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.

You can buy Love in the Time of Cholera here.


You’re Doing Just Fine: Prose & Poetry from a Past That Was Never Present by Charlotte Eriksson

'You're Doing Just Fine' by Charlotte Eriksson

 

Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine. Named after the poem that has been shared over 400,000 times on Tumblr, this is the third book from young author and songwriter Charlotte Eriksson. A collection of prose and poetry with the theme of hope, recovery and finding beauty in the darkness. An exploration of the life of a young artist with an aching heart, urged by a wanderlust that leads and directs, and the simple task of learning how to live with yourself. “Charlotte knows her reader so well that it feels like she’s writing my very own journal.” (Amazon.com)

You can buy You’re Doing Just Fine here.


The House of the Spirits: A Novel by Isabel Allende

Two years ago, I rented Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende at the library. I read almost the whole book, which wasn’t short, but the deadline to return it arrived too soon for me and I could never finish it.

It’s something that I have still pending and that I want to do soon, especially because I trully enjoyed Allende’s writing style.

However, I had always wanted to read The House of the Spirits, because the film impressed me very much as a child. So I think I’ll read this one first, and I hope it meets my expectations!

You can buy the book here.

'The House of the Spirits' by Isabel Allende

 

The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted and imaginative storytellers.

The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I recently saw Wild, a film starring Reese Witherspoon and based on the memoir by the same name by Cheryl Strayed.

'Wild' with Reese Witherspoon
© 20th Century Fox

 

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humour, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

'Wild' by Cheryl StrayedThis true story inspired me so much that I even changed the plans of my incoming trip to England to go hiking in Yorkshire. In fact, I’ve even been considering adding the Pacific Crest Trail to my bucket list.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to reading this book. If you’re also interested in it, you can buy it here.

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

To be honest, I’m not really into fashion, but I’ve always been curious about people who suddenly leave everything to fulfil their dreams.

Also, I love reading memoirs, because I usually pick the best of each person to apply it to my life. So I hope I’ll get inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s story.

You can buy #GIRLBOSS here.

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.

Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for herself.

I bought my first book by Philippa Gregory when I first visited England. It was when I was preparing myself for the flight attendant exam at Ryanair.

Later, I left the book to a person and I didn’t know anything else about the book nor that person.

The Lady in the River is the first novel in a series of 14 volumes grouped under the name of The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, which you’ll enjoy for sure if you love history or if you’re a devotee of the Tudor dinasty like me.

You can buy The Lady of the Rivers here.

I really hope you got inspired by my #WinterReadingList. As I said above, any recommendations would be appreciated!

What’s on your winter reading list?

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