Winter Book Recommendations

Amanda Austin, Reporter

With all of today’s technological wonders, it’s hard to imagine a world where people read for fun. In our country’s fast-paced rush, it can be hard to find the time to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. But now that winter is starting to come in, that may just be your greatest desire, so here are some must-reads for your checklist.


#1: A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron

This book tells the story of Bailey, a dog who struggles to find his purpose in life. But once he does, he will do anything to protect his boy, even if it means coming back from another world… This is a five-star, all-around great novel that’ll make you laugh, make you smile, and make you want to go sob in a corner. But in the end, it’s a love story between a dog and his boy; one that’ll change the way you view everything.


#2: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

A good book will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but a great one won’t. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you contemplate, and it’ll make you want to cry. That wonderfully describes The Book Thief, the story of a young girl caught in the talons of Nazi Germany. It all began with a train, a death, and one small black book with silver lettering, entitled The Grave Digger’s Handbook


#3: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

After this book was published on December 19, 1843, it sold out all 6,000 original copies by Christmas. Because so many copies of this lavish first edition were sold, it even resulted in near bankruptcy for Dickens and his publisher because of the great expense needed to make them. And it is no wonder so many were sold; for today, what holiday tale is more famous than that of Scrooge and Tiny Tim? As many others will attest, no modern remake does the original classic justice.


#4: The Lost World, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Although most famous for his Sherlock Holmes series, Doyle also wrote many other literary classics. The Lost World is a story of adventure, and the wonders of a modern prehistoric world; and must be on the read-next list of any avid adventure reader.


#5: Write Your Own! By You

If you love reading and stories, why not try it yourself? Look at the world around you for inspiration; is there anything unique that has ever happened, or something you wish would happen? Do you have a good idea brewing in the back of your mind, slowly simmering away? Put it on paper, and let the words flow!