I hope winter's treating you nicely this year, because here in Chicago, Old Man Winter's really playing some serious mind games with us (case in point: I'm now referring to winter as a man, a mean man). But really, below zero, then snow, then warmth, then rain + freezing rain, then more snow?! Not cool, OMW, not cool. So, to beat the cabin fever that's inevitable right now, I've rounded up a bunch of books that make for a great escape. As an avid reader, I've found that certain books have a can't-put-down quality; books that you pick up on a whim and, hours later, you still want to keep reading.
To keep the list well-rounded, I've touched on examples from 10 genres, but this list is just a springboard. I could go on forever, but I'd really love for all of you to jump in with your favorite escape book! It doesn't have to be 'light' reading, just a book that you couldn't put down. I'd love to compile a list of recommendations to take to the library… which will mean heading out in the sleet/rain/snow to get to the library. OMW, man, OMW.
Click the links to read book descriptions, and feel free to add your favorites in the comments!
(*more like heart wrenching love stories, but those are better anyway, right?)
• Atonement by Ian McEwan
• Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
• The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
• Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
• Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie; the collected Complete Works of Agatha Christie is also available for the Kindle for only 0.99!
• Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr.
• Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
• Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Because after all, as bad as our weather may be, we've definitely got it rosier than poor Heathcliff and Katherine.
• Dracula by Bram Stoker
• Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
• Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
• Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
• The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
• Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
• True Grit by Charles Portis
• Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
• Bossypants by Tina Fey
• Blanding's Castle by P.G. Wodehouse
8. Young Adult Fiction
(* A few years ago I re-read a bunch of Nancy Drew books when I was sick and realized reading YA novels as an adult can be incredibly fun!)
10. Helpful Non-Fiction
• The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
• Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell
• The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
(Images: 1. Juan Enriquez / Kathryn & David's Mix of Modern & Craftsman Apartment House Tour, 2. Book cover images property of respective book publishers)