Beyond the Kitchen

Break Your Heart Winter Reading

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Happy Sunday my friends!  By now you know that one of my very favorite things to do is get your book recommendations. We’ve talked about books before and you have some seriously stellar thoughts when it comes to extracurricular reading.  Hearing about what you’re reading makes me feel like I get a little glimpse at your nightstand, and less like I’m sitting alone at my desk eating cinnamon rolls for dinner (although that’s not really the worst thing and I should stop complaining).

Each season of the year holds a different type of fiction on my nightstand.  In the Spring I like to read inspirational books… something like This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women (which is seriously so great).  In the summer I go a little lighter (in the hopes that I’ll be reading with a cocktail in hand and beach in view… something like Gone Girl is perfectly salacious.  In the Fall I like to add a little weight.  This year I read We Are Water and The Lowland.  It’s like taking the heavy coat out of the closet in preparation.

In the Winter I like to destroy myself.  I like to completely break my literary heart.  I want my fiction to be heavy, with the weight of one of those kinda scratchy/almost comforting wool blankets.

I asked you what I should read if I were the sort that wanted to, you know… break my own heart.  Here’s a list of some of your suggestions.  I haven’t read all of these books just yet, but hopefully it’s a long winter with at least a few Sunday mornings spent languishing in bed with hot coffee and a book. Right?

Let’s break our hearts a little.  This is by no means a complete list.  Feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

My Sisters Made of Light by Jacqueline St. Joan

Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green *This is what I’m reading now!