The snow is falling. It’s too cold to go to the movies. And finally, the house is quiet. There’s no better time to cozy up with a good read and a cup of cocoa (or the libation of your choice). Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, you can escape to warmer places, or, better yet, let loose your imagination. Start turning the page, tuning in, or getting out that Kindle and push away those winter blues.
Last summer’s blog on reading suggestions was one of our most popular posts. So, we went back to the source for additional recommendations for the winter months: The Hatch Learning Commons at Bay Path University. Here’s a listing offering something for everyone, and you can check out one of these titles at Hatch!
Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy by Eric O'Neill
D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
The Last Job: The "Bad Grandpas" and the Hatton Garden Heist by Dan Bilefsky
The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity-And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Daniel Lieberman and Michael E. Long
Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
The Body by Bill Bryson
Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (mystery/fiction, Gothic)
Run Away by Harlan Coben (suspense fiction)
The Silent Patient by Alex Micheaelides (Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Amazon Best Books of the Year)
Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza (Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize; suspense)
No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (humor, fantasy adventure)
A Better Man by Louise Penny (The latest in the Three Pines series. A Still Life is the first, and they should be read in order.)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (A book that has been dominating book clubs.)
Audiobooks (on CD—these are also available in print)
Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin (Author of The Aviator's Wife)
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (historical mystery/drama)
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton (historical fiction with a mystery)
Notable Young Adult:
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Heart in the Body of the World by Deb Caletti (Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction)
Looking for the best of 2019? Check out this link for NPR’s staff and critic picks.
A special thank you to Miriam Neiman, Access Services Librarian from Hatch Learning Commons who compiled this list. Many of these books/audiobooks are available at Hatch or your local library.