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!
1. 20th Century American Classics
• The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
• On the Road by Jack Kerouac
• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
(*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!)
• The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
• A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
• The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
• Edible Selby by Todd Selby
• The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
• Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
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)