In my opinion, there is no better way to spend my free time during the winter months than reading a good book. It’s so lovely getting all cosy on the sofa, tucking up under a blanket with a good old story to keep you occupied while it’s freezing outside. Therefore, I thought I would recommend some of my favourite stories that I believe would be perfect books to read this winter when you’re waiting for summer to come around.
“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret.
He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.
The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.”
I can honestly say this is one of my favourite books of all time, it’s such a heart-wrenching story. You experience all different emotions and have such a loyalty towards the characters – you really are rooting for them the entire story. Another thing I love about this book is that it is set in a range of different time periods, from Elizabethan England to present day – you really do experience all different cultures and settings which keeps the story rich and alive throughout. If you are looking for something a little bit different to read this winter, How to Stop Time really is a book you need to pick up.
2) The Martian – Andy Weir
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”
I ADORE this story. Mark Watney is probably one of the most amazing characters to ever exist, he is hilarious and so strong-willed throughout the entirety of this book – despite being left on a planet in the depths of space for two years. You will laugh out loud as well as sitting on the edge of your seat once you turn the page. You Need. To. Read. This. Book. (The film is very good too).
3) All My Friends Are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufman
“There’s the Ear, the Spooner, the Impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she’s sure that Tom has abandoned her.
So she’s moving to Vancouver. She’ll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom’s beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he’s visible, or he loses her forever.”
This is probably the shortest book I read last year, at a whopping 109 pages! Despite its short length, this book has stuck with me for the longest time. Whenever anyone asks me for a book recommendation, I always suggest this one. I could go into a huge synopsis and the actual literary genius this author is – but I think you will experience this story the best if you go in blind. All you need to know is that it is honestly wonderful.
4) The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
I honestly don’t need to explain myself here, but what a better way to spend a cold winter’s day than reading the Harry Potter books? If you have read them many many times (like I have) I highly recommend the audiobooks, read by Stephen Fry. They bring a whole new element to the story and help you experience them in a completely different format – it’s really refreshing. Plus, Stephen Fry is an incredible narrator and really brings the whole world to life.
I hope I gave you some inspiration for some books to add to your TBR this winter. If you have any recommendations for me or have read any of these books I suggested, please feel free to comment down below – I would love to hear what you think!
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