Books to Curl Up With This Winter

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comAbout six months ago, I decided to hop back on the reading train- thanks to some convincing from my sister who is a reading machine (she has the best book recs). I’ve always been one that has loved reading and I really enjoy the mental escape that books provide, it was just the matter of finding precious time. After deciding to make it a point to carve out some me time, I’ve been sticking to reading a couple books each month- which felt like a realistic goal for me. I wanted to share some of the good books I’ve read as of lately, as well as some that are on my future reading list. If you’re looking for a book to curl up with this winter, be sure to check out some of these. Click through to see what I’ve been reading and liking… 

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comSince we’re stuck inside more often than not during the winter months, it can be tricky to find things to keep us occupied indoors. I love finding a good spot in our house to get cozy with a book… near the fireplace, on my new daybed, in the guest room window nook, or even in the bath with my bath tray. Reading helps me relax.

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comNot only are books great for keeping us occupied and our brains busy, but once we’re finished reading- books are the easiest home accessory when it comes to styling. I have books tucked into every room of our home… on bedside tables, coffee tables, the entryway, on our bookshelves, in drawers, and styled wherever I can squeeze them or find a place. They add lovely interest and texture to any room. I always love looking at the book titles in the homes of friends & family members- I just enjoy seeing what everyone is into, in terms of subject matter.

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comClick directly on the books below to be redirected to the source… 

I’ve read the majority of these, and the ones I’ve yet to read all come highly recommended by friends! I’m currently reading The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comInterested in more books to check out? Here are some past posts from the archives…

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comIs anyone else having a crazy January? Reading has felt like such a wonderful reprieve this winter. I also wanted to give you a heads up- the blog schedule could get wonky these next few weeks. I’ll try to stick to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine, but I’m having an unexpected surgery later this week and depending on how my recovery goes, I’m not sure how much work or computer time I’ll get in. I’ll do my best, but I’m not sure how I’ll be feeling. Maybe that will be the perfect time to lounge and take it easy with a good book.

Books to Curl Up With This Winter - roomfortuesday.comHere’s to winter reading and getting cozy indoors with some good books. Are you a reader? How many books do you typically ready in a month or a year? I’d also love to hear your book recommendations, so I can add some new ones to my list! Reading always helps to remind me to slow down, which is a good thing for me. Anyone else?

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  1. The Husbands Secret! Soooo crazy of an ending. And I am excited bc I will add some of these to my goodreads list!!! Excited to see your office reveal!

    1. Whoa!! The reviews on that book are insane! I’m definitely going to add it to my list. Thanks so much for taking the time to share, Katie! I can’t wait to share the office. My antique desk should be finished next week, and once I’ve recovered- I’ll be ready to photograph. So exciting! Have a great week! xo

  2. Good morning! Such a fun post! Our book club just celebrated its 12th anniversary, and I finally compiled a chronological list of our reads. We had so much fun reminiscing. I confess that I used to log far more time reading than I do these days. I blame technology…and dogs. Lately, I have really been noticing and pondering home libraries and cozy nooks (I forgot about your lovely guest bedroom alcove!), so maybe the universe is giving me a nudge. I find recommending books a bit tricky because tastes vary so widely! But here goes. Nonfiction: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (or any Joan Didion), Midnight at Chernobyl, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Women Who Run with the Wolves. Fiction (mostly NOT new!): Libra by Don DeLillo; Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko; Possession by A S Byatt, and The Power by Naomi Alderman. If you want a weird but awesome read… Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.
    As for this week, I’ll be sending ALL the warm, healing energy I can conjure. Take whatever time you need to recover. We love you and want you well. And we know great design and boundless inspiration will return when you’re ready! Take care, Sarah.💜💜💜

    1. 12th anniversary for book club?! That’s incredible! I wish I was apart of a local or virtual book club. I joined one with one of my friends and it only lasted four months. Haha! I was bummed it fizzled out. Kudos to you and your book pals for keeping a good thing going :) I added all of yours to my must-read list, so thank you for taking the time to share. I can’t wait to dive into some of those. I did read one from your list: Women Who Run with the Wolves. I truly appreciate you sending all the positive vibes and healing energy my way this week. Thank you, thank you! I’m just ready to get this over with and hopefully start feeling better. Hope you had a lovely Monday, friend! xoxox

  3. Hope your surgery and recovery go really smoothly, Sarah. Sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery.

    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! I really appreciate it! xo

  4. January has been pretty insane! I’m right there with you, and definitely feel like taking a small amount of “me” time is in order. I typically read 2-3 books a month, but since October I really haven’t spent much time in books. I love a great fiction book, but lately I’ve been super into non-fiction. I started reading The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, and am loving it, but haven’t had the time to delve back in. I do highly recommend it if you like historical books. I’ll be coming back to this post for more book recommendations when I’ve finished it. Thank you for sharing! Sending all the positive vibes of restful healing and recovery-take the time you need, and I hope you’re feeling right as rain soon. Have a wonderful Monday Sarah!

    1. It really has! I’m so impressed that you read so much, Lauren! That’s amazing. I also love non-fiction, so I added The Silk Roads to my cart. Thanks so much for the rec! I really appreciate you sending all the healing and positivity my way- thank you! I’m hoping to start feeling better post surgery. I hope you had a great Monday and your week is off to a wonderful start! xo

  5. Stephanie says:

    I read ~15 books a year, I usually start strong (lots of cozy winter reading) and then my reading tapers through the rest of the year haha. I’ve ready some of the books on your list, and will have to look into some of the others (not that I need to add more books to my TBR list – it’s already so long ahaha). Have you read the new Jodi Picoult book on your list? How is it? I love her writing, but am not sure if I’m ready for a book about the pandemic yet.

    1. That’s amazing, Stephanie! I think that’s a good realistic goal for me too. This year I was thinking anywhere from 12-20. I also tend to read a lot when traveling. I like taking books on the flight with me and can knock them out pretty quickly. I just finished the Jodi Picoult book and really enjoyed it! I was also worried that it would hit too close to home and give me pandemic anxiety (who needs more of that, oof), but it ended up being a great read. I hope that helps! Have a great week!

  6. You’ve provided a wonderful list of book recommendations Sarah! I must admit I haven’t read a book since last winter but this post has peaked my interest for sure. Lots of choice for the avid reader especially.
    I’ve noticed quite a few Free little books libraries popping up on street corners filled with beautiful books which I think is a fabulous way for a book exchange. Such a wonderful idea! Are they in your community too? I’m definitely going to snag one the next time I walk by ☺️
    Oh no, unexpected surgery so sorry to hear this ☹️ Sending virtual hugs and positive recovery vibes your way ❤️‍🩹 Your blog readers will always be here when you return, taking time to heal and nurture after surgery is a must. Take Care of yourself Sarah! Xoxo

    1. I went years without reading, and am happy to finally be back into it these past few months. It has been really nice! I’ve seen the free library stands or give a book / take a book boxes that are so amazing. Unfortunately we don’t have any in our neighborhood, but the nearest thrift store has used books for $1-$3, and I can usually find some pretty good ones there. That’s also how I filled up my bookshelves over the years. Ha! Thanks so much for sending positive vibes my way- I appreciate it so much. I’m nervous, but am looking forward to feeling better afterwards. I hope you had a fantastic weekend and your week is off to an excellent start, Colleen! xo

  7. Gah, a glimpse into your office! Love what I see already. Hope your surgery goes well and you take the time to relax on that beautiful daybed with a good book or two.
    January has been an unexpected busy time but it feels good! I am not a big book reader. I tend to pick up a book when traveling because I enjoy watching shows at home more. The only ones I’ve read were The Good Sister & Where the Crawdads sing. Thanks to you, I am perusing and learning from a few books on styles of homes and architecture.
    I have always wanted to read the bible in its entirety but it’s not easy. Someone told me about The Bible Recap and I am loving it! Every morning I get up and do the daily read then listen to the podcast. It’s quick, easy and very interesting! My father-in-law would be so proud of me.
    Again, hope everything goes well. Have a great day friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Danna! I’m with you- I equally enjoy TV or movies. Emmett isn’t a big reader, so that’s something we usually do together. Reading is more like my alone time. I love that you’ve been perusing interior and architecture books lately- that’s so fun and inspiring! I once read a year long bible, where it’s broken up into segments for each day (it seems similar to what you’re describing). Way to go on that! I know your father-in-law would be proud. Thanks for the well wishes for my surgery. I’m definitely going to try to take it easy so I can recover more quickly. Hope your week is off to a good start! xo

  8. Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery. Thanks for creating such a lovely site! I just read The Guest List and just started The Sanatorium. Thanks for the additional book recommendations!

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I also appreciate your book recs- I added those to my list :) Have a great week!

  9. Good luck with surgery! A recent favorite of mine was Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. I guess I would say it’s a romance novel, without the classic tropes of miscommunication. It’s also about grief and relationships with friends, parents, and community. I think it would be a great recovery book! Last year I read 50 books since my social life was still very much on hold – including The Godmothers and Piranesi. I’d love to see The Godmothers as a TV series! My goal is 30 this year. I have The Stationery Shop on my list :)

    1. Thank you so much, Brittany! I’m adding Evvie Drake Starts Over to my reading list. Thank you so much for the recs (I’ve loved all of your recommendations, by the way)! I got The Godmothers because of you- I totally agree that it would make a great TV series. I’m super impressed you read 50 books last year- amazing job. Way to go! I loved, loved, loved The Stationery Shop. You’ll have to let me know what you think :)

  10. Love your cabinets with all the beautiful books! Can you please tell me if that is wallpaper or paint in the background of the shelving? If wallpaper, would you mind sharing what that is. I love it!! :). Thanks so much for your time!