Winter Break Reads

By Annette Stonebarger

Winter break has always been my time to finally read all the books that I’ve purchased from Book Culture throughout the semester, but never actually got around to reading. In this list, I have included various writing styles and various genres, so there is something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season. From farming to fiction to fantasy, here are my top 5 books that call for a cozy blanket and cup of tea this winter break:

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball

After interviewing a farmer for her job as a journalist in New York City, Kimball and the farmer she fell in love with set out to produce all the food necessary to feed a community of 100 people every week. This memoir recounts the author’s harsh first winter after uprooting her city life and moving to a quaint and farm across from Lake Champlain. Raw, romantic, and riveting, The Dirty Life will leave you wanting to kick off 2019 with a hike with family and friends.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking about the purpose of humanity and why we seem different from other species, this is the book for you. This informative non-fiction book explains the development of Homo sapiens up to the twenty-first century. Sapiens takes the reader through 100,000 years of human history and through every social and political revolution that has shaped who we are today, the good and the bad. This read is more of a long-term commitment, however the questions posed and answers given by Dr. Harari are worth every word.


Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, by Ruth Emmie Lang

This fantastic novel follows the life of Weylyn Grey, a mysterious boy who was abandoned by his parents and left to be raised by wolves. Each “chapter” of this story is told from the perspective of someone who he has affected throughout his travels, and the girl who leaves everything to follow this enchanting boy. With an air of magic and secret, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance will make you reconsider what love and wonder really mean.


Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

This fun and fast book takes the reader on the trip of a lifetime along with Arthur Less, a middle-aged writer who is constantly living in the shadow of his famous ex-boyfriend. When Less receives a wedding invitation from his boyfriend of the past 9 years, he decides to get out of town and take a literary trip around the world to avoid the defeat of seeing the love of his life marry someone else. Introspective and bittersweet, Less is the modern love story that we have all been waiting for.


Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

Whether it’s the first or tenth time you read the series, winter break is the perfect time to delve into the world of everyone’s favorite Hogwarts students. With magic and adventure, the Harry Potter series is sure to fill your holiday season with warm feelings of friendship and love.