Winter Reads

Winter is such a great time for reading–being warm in bed with a book while snow falls softly outside, or curling up on the couch under a thick blanket while velvet flames crackle in the fireplace.

Winter break for us college students allows us more time to read, although I am excited to be able to read more after graduating, since there’ll be no homework left to do.

I’ve rounded up the books I’ve read so far this winter (some fall ones too), what I’m currently reading and what’s next on my list.

Most of these fall into the young adult category, since they always provide a much-needed escape from everyday life.

What I’m Currently Reading

How to be a Badass at Making Money: It’s admittedly taking me forever to get through this book, mostly because other, more exciting books are usually around. Regardless, it’s an important topic and it does help inspire you and help you see where you might be making mistakes when it comes to money. Although I don’t agree with everything that’s said in the book, I definitely recommend it to all of the adults who are about to be thrust into the real world.

Slaughterhouse-Five: I tend to read this in short bits, since it is a dark and sometimes hopeless portrayal of what war really is. But, as the main character always says, so it goes. The book is gripping, even with a pieced together narrative that flows in no particular direction.

Columbine: A deeply intriguing and heartbreaking read so far. It completely dispels all of the myths about Columbine that were circulated through the media and takes a hard look at the mistakes police made that day, along with the numbness of students after and the media’s willingness to grab onto certain narratives. I definitely recommend, especially since it seems we’re in the age of the school shooting.

What I’ve Read

Queen of Air and Darkness: The last of Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series came out a few weeks ago, and I loved it. It tied up almost loose ends, while still leaving a few things that could lead to another series later. And we finally got the happy ending we’ve been waiting for. Say what you will about young adult books, but they include so much more imagination than most adult books. Plus, it’s easy to fall for Cassandra Clare’s characters.

Red Queen series (3/4): The writing improves throughout each novel in the series, I promise. I loved the concept and the world Victoria Aveyard creates, and it is a tad similar to what I’m writing about now. I haven’t finished the series yet, but Mare, the main character, has a unique voice and almost an anti-hero type of personality that I enjoy. The books are action-packed enough to help you gloss over some of the awkward writing at times.

Jane Eyre: I read this over the summer, but I had to include it because it’s now one of my favorite books. Jane is an amazing main character, as she grows through dark times and stays true to her values no matter what, while also pushing the boundaries of what was expected for women at the time. It inspired me to take a harder look at my own characters I created.

What I’m Reading Next

Strange the Dreamer: Laini Taylor writes beautifully, and is one of my favorite authors. Her imagination and creativity really shined through in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so I knew I had to get whatever else she writes.

Tattooist of Auschwitz: I am deeply intrigued by this time period and have read many books set during World War II (one of my all time favorites is All the Light We Cannot See). So of course, I was immediately drawn to this book.

Educated: I tend to stick to fiction, and I decided to read a memoir for a change. The premise sounds interesting: a girl growing up in a survivalist family who never went to school, until her freshman year of college. It’s such a unique perspective, and I’ve heard so many good things about it, that I had to give it a try.

Devil in the White City: This has been on my reading list forever, so I’m happy that I’ll be able to tick this one off somewhat soon.

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