The semester is almost over, which means that soon you’ll be free from exams and have more downtime to catch up on some reading. Here are five great books for your winter reading list.
“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
An insightful debut novel about the fate of a family’s inheritance.
Summary: Leo Plumb is newly released from rehab after an alcohol-related incident. Tension ensues when he is confronted by his siblings Jack, Melody, and Bea. Leo’s incident is threatening the nest, their family trust fund, which they are only months away from receiving. The siblings have been counting on the money to solve all of their problems, so they must rely on each other in ways they haven’t before.
Why You’ll Love It: The dysfunctionality of the Plumbs will make you appreciate how normal your family is by comparison.
“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
A fantasy novel reminiscent of “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Summary: Criminal prodigy and second-in-command of the gang the Dregs, Kaz is given an offer that will make him extremely wealthy: the chance to pull off a heist at in impenetrable fortress and rescue a scientist who can make a super drug. Kaz enlists a crew of criminals to help pull off the deadly heist if they can manage not to kill each other first.
Why You’ll Love It: The fusion of the heist plot and a dark, magical world crafts for a unique story.
“The Smell of Other People’s Houses” by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
A coming-of-age story following four teens in 1970’s Alaska, shortly after Alaska gains statehood.
Summary: Ruth is sent away from home to hide her secret. Dora tries to escape her troubled family. Alyce wants to dance but doesn’t want to disappoint her father. Hank and his brothers try to run away from home until one of his brothers ends up in danger. Each character has a distinct story, but they intertwine in unexpected ways.
Why You’ll Love It: The characters are offbeat, there’s a hint of mystery, and the glacial Alaskan setting will satisfy that wintery feeling that you crave.
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
An enchanting story about a circus and a years-long competition.
Summary: Le Cirque des Rêves mysteriously arrives and departs without notice. Patrons flock to the circus to experience the wonders it has to offer. As a young girl, Celia is dropped off to a father she never knew. Her father, the magician Prospero, grooms her to be his protégé and to compete against Mr. A.H. and his pupil, Marco. When Celia discovers Marco’s identity, they decide to collaborate, however, they’re unaware that the competition is to the death.
Why You’ll Love It: The circus setting is mesmerizing and the characters are playful and enticing.
“Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken
Summary: Violin prodigy Etta wants nothing more than to impress her impassive mother. On the night of a violin concert, Etta hears an ear-splitting noise and is kidnapped by Sophia, another violinist. Etta finds herself on a ship in 1776 and uncovers a great deal about her mysterious mother and the rest of her family. Nicholas Carter, a pirate on the ship, is satisfied with his life at sea, but Etta’s presence as a passenger on the ship pulls him back into his messy past with the Ironwoods. The Ironwoods believe Etta has a powerful object, so Etta and Nicholas travel throughout time to find it.
Why You’ll Love It: This book is romantic and suspenseful with a gripping plot and a strong female lead.