I could recommend many books that you should read by a cozy fire on a winter’s night. For example, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Fifth Floor by Julie Oleszek (J) and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. If you haven’t read these favorites, defiantly put them on your must read list.
However, here are three, in my opinion, the best fiction books for the winter — and by the fireplace creates a cozy feel to these books.
Calling me Home by Julie Kibler
Briefly, this story is about two women, one in her thirties, Dorrie, and the other almost ninety, Isabelle. Dorrie is a hairdresser and Isabelle is her client. Unexpectedly, Isabelle asks Dorrie to drive her from Texas to Ohio without as much as an explanation. Dorrie agrees. On their adventure both women become more than friends; they become a need for each other. Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Women
The Color of Water by James McBride
James McBride is a journalist on a mission to discover his mother’s past and his upbringing. Embarrassed of his childhood, growing up black with a white mother, James later realizes his mother’s demands of respect and the importance of education has brought him a life she never had. Now in his thirties he begins to explore his mother’s quieted past, bonding James and his mother closer than ever before.
I loved this easy read by James McBride for lots of reasons, but two reasons stand out. One, I’m a sucker for debut novels, and two, Ruth is a dedicated mother raising her twelve children. I love stories with large families because I can relate so well. But even if you’re an only child, or the middle child of three, this novel is one to read on a winter’s night. Like the fire you might cozy near, there are times when The Color of Water will have your heart melting and other times the author sets your soul ablaze. Genre: Biography/Memoir
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is home to five-year-old Jack. It’s all he knows. He was born here and lives here. He has never been outside Room’s walls. His only glance at another world is through a skylight. Old Nick kidnapped Jack’s ma, and from the age of seventeen she has been held prisoner in Room, a backyard shed. Her undying love for her son in such tormenting circumstances is extraordinary.
So why Room when it’s quite obvious that it does not have a fireplace cozy feel?
It is very seldom that I enjoy a movie as much as its book, but this is the exception. Emma Donoghue’s novel has been transformed into a spectacular and just as impactful movie. The acting, the setting, the reality of such a horrible situation is portrayed impeccably. And let’s face it. A night at the movies on a cold winter’s night makes the cold seem not so bad. Genre: Psychological Thriller
Put the kids to bed, grab a cup of tea, cozy up in a comfy chair and add some wood to that fire. Enjoy!
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