Winters are definitely the best time to satisfy your appetite for reading. With an urge to move out as low as the temperature outside, you can dive into the seamless world of books and travel without actually having to.
Even the famous Jhumpa Lahiri says, “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” So, get ready to travel your vivid imagination with these 5 books this winter. However, you can extend the list as per your time needs.
1. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of cash reward. This book is all about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction and tuatara.
But, at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
How It Suits Winter – An incredibly powerful tale of the pain of mental illness, the pressures of youth, and coming of age, when you feel like you’re coming undone. I think, this is enough to give the chills.
2. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence.
But George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfilment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. However, George could not guard Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
How It Suits Winter – If you like novels dealing friendship and their dreams and an urge to make them true, but everything falls apart due to sudden impact of circumstances, then you have a good story this winter.
3. Catch – 22 by Joseph Heller
The story takes you back to the time of World War-2 in to the life story of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier in 256th squadron who has been assigned to bomb enemy posts at eastern France and Italy.
He is afraid of his own commanding officers because he thinks that they want to kill him, by making him work more, while all he wants is to escape from the situation. He has seen his friends dying and a lot more destruction. He wants to quit, but he can’t.
How It Suits Winter – The story is quite unique in its narration. Many a times, in this story, jokes are completed through different point of view. This is a satirical novel. If you are looking for a piece of writing that is complex and humorous, pick this one. You won’t regret.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary novel, where the narrator is a young introvert boy called Charlie. The story revolves around series of letters written by Charlie to an anonymous person mentioning his experiences.
Though shy and sensitive in nature, Charlie is an intelligent boy with unconventional thinking capabilities. Charlie befriends two seniors Patrick and Sam and ends up indulging in alcohol and other drugs with Sam.
In the meantime, Charlie also learns about his sister having relationship with an abusive guy and eventually getting pregnant. The flashback of his aunt dying in car crash stops haunting Charlie, as he starts enjoying company of his friends and Sam.
While playing Truth and Dare, he is asked to kiss the prettiest girl in the room; he kisses Sam for which he faces neglect from the group.
How It Suits Winter – Flashback returns. Will Charlie be ever able to get control over his life? Will he be able to get his friends back? What turns did Charlie’s life take and how he battled to overcome it? You have a story filled with drama. Cherish lots of emotions, including, friendship, first love and sexuality, in the coziness of your bed.
5. Love Story by Erich Segal
Love Story is an international bestseller and a classic book. The story, as the name suggests, is about love but with an unforeseeable twist. The story talks about Oliver Barrett IV, who is bitter, witty and a world-class beauty.
Both the individuals are very different from each other and come from different backgrounds. Irrespective of all the differences, both the individuals get attracted to each other at first sight and fall in love.
How It Suits Winter – The author has dramatically stated the tale of sorrow that unforeseeably hits their short-lived relationship. Love Story expresses the deep attraction of both the individuals towards each other. Like you get attracted to the blanket.
Spine chilling low temperatures, an urge to never come out from that goddamn blanket, Christmas and New Year festivities making the rounds, make sure that you know that winters are here.
It is the best season to cocoon up yourself inside your cosy little room, covered from head to toe, with a cup of piping hot coffee or tea or hot chocolate, and your favourite books by your side. Sounds fascinating right?