As the holidays quickly approach, you may be on the hunt for a cozy book (or two) to curl up with. Reading is an excellent way to unwind and rest your eyes from technology. We’ve put together a list of best winter books for your consideration that each offer something different to your vacation reading list.
This sweeping tale follows young Theodore from a young age until he has grown up, where he finds himself in a world of art theft, deception and competing allegiances. His coming of age story grapples with these big questions as well as offers detailed notes on art history and the human condition. Donna Tartt writes with care and generosity, offering a lengthy book — perfect for downtime during the winter holidays.
This classic fantasy tale has all the magical elements you need for the holiday season. Talking lions, enchanting wardrobes, a deceitful witch, and of course, Turkish delight. If you haven’t read it yet (or even if you have), it’s a heartwarming read for the holidays. C.S. Lewis describes the wondrous adventures of lovable siblings who stick together through thick and thin and overcome challenges they couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams. Another plus, if you finish the first book, there’s 6 more in the Chronicles of Narnia!
Another timeless classic, this novel is quintessential Austen. Taking place in early 19th century England, the Dashwood sisters must survive with their mother after the death of their father, with limited money granted to them. Austen describes their follies, but also their triumphs as they grow up and find a secure place in a world that has largely been unkind to them. With plenty of twists and turns, this novel will have you hooked until the end as you must find out what happens to the Dashwood family.
This memoir from the former first lady of the United States is an impactful deep dive into Michelle Obama’s history, her journey to the white house and the many important initiatives she founded since. With details only she could provide, this book gives the reader a look into her life and inspires us to persevere in our own lives. A feel-good read for the holidays, Becoming is a book we can lean into and think deeply about our own journeys.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most well-known book is a showstopper. Full of excitement, character development and a love affair for the ages, it’s easy to get swept up in this tale of deception, tragedy and romance. The story follows an unassuming narrator, Nick Carraway, who moves to New York City in 1922. There he meets Jay Gatsby and is introduced to a world of extravagance, parties and jazz. The novel studies the ramifications of telling a lie, and the slow unraveling of the truth.
We hope you’ll find one of these recommended books alluring for your winter downtime. Whether you’re sitting down for a chat with Michelle Obama or embarking on an adventure through Narnia, take the time to relax this winter and recharge.
To ensure you’re not straining your eyes while reading, visit your local Visique to maintain your healthy vision or pick up a pair of new reading glasses.
Dr Frédéric Marchand, optométriste