Books to Read this Winter

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I have a laundry list of books to read, and as someone who doesn’t exactly LOVE winter, I find this is a great time to get some reading in. While I prefer to read books on a beach or poolside, when I’m cooped up for too long in January & February with the holidays over, all I want is a good book.

This January/February is no exception. I wanted to mix it up a bit and try to get several genres represented. I’ll be honest & admit I’m typically an avid chic lit reader with every Jodi Picoult & Elin Hildebrand book devoured within 3 days of release. So from recommendations from friends & my mom (& other bloggers), here are my 5 books I hope to finish by end of February (with recaps to come!):

1. The Rosie Project – by Graeme Simsion, is a supposedly a funny book (they claim it’s a rom com) of a “socially challenged genetics professor” searching for true love.

2. The Paris Wife – by Paula McLain, tells the story of one of Ernest Hemingway’s wives. My favorite line in the review: “The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.” Plus, I love Hemingway. We visited his home in Key West (which I highly recommend to see the 6-toed cats) and had an amazing visit. I consider this “historical fiction”, but that may be stretch…

3. Wonder – by J.R. Palacio, is a kid’s book about a boy named Auggie with a misshapen face that prevented him from attending a public school. In the 5th grade, he starts attending school and where you would expect bullying & taunting, he his met with empathy & compassion. A true “feel good” novel, I’m classifying this under my “children’s fiction” genre.

4. And the Mountains Echoed – by Khaled Hosseini is sure to be a heavy book like his other 2 (The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns). The theme of this novel is around family, and the ramifications of their life choices. The review puts it best: “An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.” 

5. Not That Kind of Girl – by Lena Dunham is an “autobiographical comedy”. I’m usually a sucker for this type of book, although I’ve heard some “so-so” reviews on this one. I love Mindy Kaling’s books, and am excited to read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (saving that for March) & Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS (although not a comedian, I’m all for the powerful female author!). So while chapter by chapter may have it’s ups & downs, I think overall it’s fun to get a “bird’s eye view” into the life of someone like Lena Dunham.

Books For Work:

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My job requires me to know the odds & ends of sugar consumption in America. You’d think I’d be the fittest girl in town given I work with nutritionists & look into the affects of Diabetes & Obesity in America and the world, but no…I still love a good ol’ cheeseburger & milkshake if given the chance. I have seen myself make healthier eating decisions since transitioning to this new role in June of 2014, but I also find myself with a large knowledge gap on the more “chemical” impacts of sugars, carbs, & fats on the body.

While shopping for “fun” books at Barnes & Noble, I had to make a stop by the Cooking & Diet sections to see what is out there regarding Sugar. While I don’t plan to partake in a “sugar detox“, I’m excited to live vicariously through the author to see the impact of one.

And while I have no intention of giving up carbs, I am a little nervous to uncover what it means to have a “grain brain“. The title is enough to scare anyone: “The Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheats, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers”…yeah, we’ll see how far I get through that one.

What are you reading as you start the new year???

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  • Right now i am reading rushed by Brian Harmon and its ptetty interesting in my opinion despite the bad reviews it has recieved on Amazon. After that i plan to read critical error ( both are free on Amazon) andd after that..see what other free books there are on Amazon or see where i can get the money to actually BUY a book. Ive read the kite runner and it is most definetly a very profound book

    • I love the idea of reading free books on Amazon! I need to do a better job at that! Luckily a lot of these were “hand me downs” from my mom 🙂 – I will check out Rushed for sure, and add it to my March reads! Thanks for sharing!!

      • Same here! You can try freebooksy or bookgorilla. Theyre basically sites where you get daily emails on free or bargain books on amazon. Ohhhh awesome! I wish my mom had an interest in reading xD. Its interesting to say the least haha. Its described as a “horror” adventure but its not stephen king scary haha. No problem!