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The Best Books to Curl up With This Winter

Published on December 12, 2021

Person reading a book wearing cozy winter socks

Depending on where you live, the winter season can be long, rough and truthfully, depressing. It’s important to find things to do so you can keep your mind busy and your spirits lifted throughout the colder months so you can last until springtime. With more time spent indoors, winter is the best time of the year to get cozy and curl up with some great books.

Unlike the spring and summer months, during winter there’s no pressure to go outside and enjoy the warm weather, so spending your free time reading is a great way to catch up on the stack of books you’ve been meaning to get through.

Our Top 5 Books to Read This Winter 

Luckily, there are plenty of great reads out there just waiting for you to dive in and get lost in the story. We’ve picked the best books to read this winter, whether you’re more of a fiction fan or a non-fiction lover. Light a fire, put on your coziest reading socks, grab some tea and get into one of these juicy reads:

1. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

“Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” by the beloved speaker, author and researcher Brené Brown is a number one best seller right now, and it’s definitely worth seeing what all the buzz is about. Explaining the meaning behind the book in her own words, Brown says, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”

The book takes the reader on a journey through 87 different emotions and the experiences that define what it means to be human. Through the book, Brown hopes to foster storytelling and sharing in a way that will ultimately help us to connect with one another on a deeper level.

2. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Hoping to start fresh for 2022? This number one New York Times bestseller with over three million copies sold will help you start the New Year on a positive note as you ditch your bad habits and invite in better ones.

No matter what your goals are, “Atomic Habits” will help you create positive change in your life and improve yourself without reinventing the wheel. Clear creates a simple framework for improving consistently through small, sustainable changes to reach new heights in your life, wherever you find yourself today.

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Penned by the best-selling author of “Daisy Jones and the Six” and “Malibu Rising”, this book is just as star-studded and scandalous as the author’s other beloved books, but with more 1950s Hollywood glamour. With Reid’s captivating and easy-to-read writing style, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” would be a great winter book to bring with you on a hot vacation or on a cozy getaway.

4. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

This New York Times bestselling book by one of the world’s most prominent trauma experts deals with the unavoidable fact that trauma is an influential factor in all of our lives, bodies and brains, and how we can rediscover hope. In this winter book choice, the author explores innovative treatments for trauma that activate the brain’s natural neuroplasticity like neurofeedback, yoga and meditation, offering a new perspective on the power we all hold over our own path forward.

5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“Ugly Love”, by Colleen Hoover, the number one New York Times bestselling author of “It Ends with Us”, tells the story of Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer. Upon discovering their mutual attraction for one another, the pair agree on a “friends with benefits” style arrangement — that is, until things get messy.

Anyone who has been in a complicated situationship will be able to relate to this page-turner. Read “Ugly Love” the next time you’re looking for a heart-wrenching romance that will potentially leave you ugly crying.

The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.