Winter reading

winter reading, notesfromemily,

The chilly fall — and soon to be winter — days are the perfect time for snuggling up with a warm blanket, a cup of tea and cracking open a good book.

I don’t find make enough time to read these days, but I’m going to make it more of a priority this winter. I spend too much time scrolling through social media before bed when I could be reading.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite books with you guys in case you have been looking for a new book to read. Below are a six of my favorite books. None of them are particularly new books, but they are books I truly love. Click below to read more.

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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel: This book is a memoir by Wurtzel about her struggles with depression during her adolescence and early adulthood. It’s such a great read and gives a great look at someone who has struggled most of their life with depression. I read this for the first time when I was in high school and have read it several times since then.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: This is a classic book from the 1930s. It is centered on a young woman, who is the new wife of a much older, wealthy widower. Once they return to his estate, she is surrounded by the dead wife, Rebecca’s, belongings. She also has to deal with the housekeeper who was very close to Rebecca who continually compares the new wife to her. Throughout the book, the housekeeper manufactures situations intended to drive the new wife away.

Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica: If you have ever worked as a server, bartender or any position in the front of house of a restaurant you have to read this book. It is so completely dead on about working in a restaurant. It’s the true story of one waiter who waited tables in New York for quite some time. He eventually started blogging about his experiences as a server, which led to the book.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding: This is such a fun and entertaining book. I found myself laughing out loud so much while I was reading it. The book is written from the perspective of Bridget’s diary and thoughts as she navigates her adult life. She is so spot on at describing the inner thoughts of women when it comes to life, work and relationships.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I loved everything about this book. It has so many great perspectives on such a tumultuous time in our history. I also love that the main character is a journalist. It’s about a group of black maids and the white families they work for in the early 1960s. The main character, who has just graduated college, brings together the maids to write a book from their perspective. The writing is so great and keeps you hooked until the end.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: I prefer this book over the more popular Gone Girl by the same author. Gone Girl was good, but overall I thought Sharp Objects has a better way of providing the creepy and mysterious vibe throughout it. This book is about a journalist who has to return to her hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. You also learn of the dysfunctional relationship she has with her family. You don’t know the answers you’ve been waiting for until the very, very end. Even when you think you know what happens, you don’t really know. I read this book in one day when I was on vacation last spring.

If you have read any of these books, what are your thoughts? Did you like them? Hate them?

What are some of your favorite books? I’m always looking for recommendations.

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