Although this winter has been quite hot and cold (literally), these freezing past couple of days got us wishing we could stay in all day everyday, all cozied up in a million layers with an aromatic cup of hot cocoa in one hand, and a good book in the other. That being said, we thought we’d compile a list of some of our favorite books as recommendations for anyone who wants to do just that.

  1. Just Kids
    By Patti Smith

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Just Kids is a memoir that singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith wrote about her beautiful and unique relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. It revolves around their lives as kids/ artists trying to make it in the big city (NYC). Beautifully written, Smith allows readers to easily imagine life in New York City in the late 60’s and 70’s, giving us glimpses into the famous Chelsea Hotel where they brush shoulders with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan – among other equally jaw-dropping moments. If you’re the kind of person that’s into classis rock, and wants to get a real – and in a way nostalgic – glimpse into life in the city in the 60’s and 70’s, then this is definitely the book for you.

  1. The God of Small Things
    By Arundhati Roy

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This is a beautiful novel set in India, about a pair of fraternal twins, their family, and their trials and tribulations. The twins explore the idea of ‘Love Laws’ that basically state “who should be loved, and how, and how much” among other notions and ideas. The novel also explores how small things may affect people’s behavior and their lives. It’s a wonderful, though-provoking novel – and the only one that Roy wrote.

  1. Outliers
    By Malcolm Gladwell

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If, late at night, you maybe want to start planning and plotting your road to mega success… this book could be a good introduction for doing just that. The book explores and discusses what makes some of the most famous and successful people in the world and throughout history, different to all the rest of us. Gladwell explains that we focus too much on people’s success, rather than where they came from. Who knows? Maybe if you read this book, it will truly help you discover what you need to do in order to be successful – we’d say it’s worth a try.

  1. The Master and Margarita
    By Mikhail Bulgakov

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This story basically revolves around a visit by the devil to the ardently atheistic Soviet Union. The novel combines two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow, and it veers from moods of wild theatricality to rather somber scenes. If you want to get lost between fantasy and reality, as well as be thoroughly entertained throughout your reading experience, then go for this gem.

  1. Middlesex
    By Jeffrey Eugenides

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This is a beautifully written novel that explores the idea of gender identity. The story revolves around Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family. Calliope makes a rough journey, digging into her family’s past, in order to better understand why she is not like other girls. If you’re just looking for a good read, that’s also highly interesting and thought-provoking – then look no further.

Happy reading everyone, and stay warm!

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