With fall in full swing and winter around the corner, the weather will soon change bringing with it chilly days dotted with snow or rain.
When Mother Nature prevents you and the family from being able to get outside, turn to an adventure of a different kind — books.
From thrillers and romance to memoirs and history, there’s unlimited amounts of entertainment in the world of books.
The Greeley Tribune has compiled a list of some interesting reads for the adults, teens and children that are sure to keep minds occupied or provide some quiet me-time.
So grab your blanket, fill your cup with you favorite hot beverage and cuddle up for some reading.
“Fierce Attachments” by Vivian Gornick — Gornick writes about her life growing up in the Bronx tenements in the 1940s surrounded by the women of the neighborhood, including her mother. Gornick tells the story of her life-long battle for independence while battling her strong mother-daughter bond.
“Patrimony” by Philip Roth — This book details the process of Roth’s father’s declined to a benign brain tumor and the struggle to care for him. Despite his harsh and no-nonsense honesty in the book, Roth writes a moving tribute to his father.
“Lives Other Than My Own” by Emmanuel Carrere — The book begins in 2004 when Carrere and his girlfriend were vacationing in Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit. However, the book takes a turn when the writer starts to tell the story of his girlfreind’s sister who is dying of cancer. The story examines how the author defines a meaningful life through learning about his own limitations and prejudices.
“This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff — The book chronicles Wolff’s life with his divorced mother who is fleeing abuse and chasing the possibility of striking it rich as a uranium prospector. Through the memoir, Wolff describes being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend and being forced to shuck horse chestnuts for hours after school. Despite growing up in the 1950s, Wolff’s tale is no less classic.
“A Life’s Work” by Rachel Cusk — Cusk writes about life as a new mother in a raw and honest way. From sleepless nights to dealing with a sick baby, the author details how she dealt with learning to share her world with a child while trying to hang on to some semblance of her former self.
“Travels With Lizbeth” by Lars Eighner — Eighner writes about his three years surviving as a homeless man in America. In the book, the author writes about how he refused to beg or steal, how he picked through dumpsters for food and avoided using drugs or alcohol to escape his situation. The book is written in a first-person narrative that causes readers to see the life of the homeless in a different light.
“Stillhouse Lake” by Rachel Caine —A housewife’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that her husband is a serial killer. Fleeing for her life, she goes into hiding only to come face to face with a new threat.
“My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing — Described as a combination of “Dexter” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” Downing pens a tale about an everyday couple who decide to spice up their life with murder.
“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn — A journalist returns to her hometown to report on the unsolved murder of two preteen girls only to find out that the danger is closer than she thinks.
“Home Before Dark” by Riley Sager — The main character, Maggie, returns to restore a home she inherited. The problem is, the house was the subject of a book her father wrote about the family’s three-week stay before they were forced to flee in the night. Too young to remember the event, Maggie is skeptical…until she isn’t.
“The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James — The book details the story of Viv, who works at a 1982 roadside motel. As the story unfolds, so do the secrets of the motel and its guests.
“The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin — True crime fans will enjoy this read about a podcaster thrown into an investigation of a rape trial and drowning accident 25 years prior. The book cleverly weaves together two separate, yet intertwined, mysteries.
“Life on the Line” by Emma Goldberg — This book tells the story of six medical school graduates who were thrown into the COVID-19 pandemic and chaos. The book chronicles the work of the doctors who faced impossible circumstances to save lives and make history.
“The Appalachian Trail” by Philip D’Anieri — Read about the history of the trail, the people who built it and the people who have traveled the path.
“The Deadline Effect” by Christopher Cox — With the pandemic forcing many to work from home, the line between personal and professional can be blurry. Cox helps readers meet deadlines and help learn better ways for reaching goals.
“New Women in the Old West” by Winifred Gallagher — This book explores the role women in the 19th century played in the formation and settling of the West. From the suffragist movement to being disenfranchised for their race, Gallagher tells the stories of these women that aren’t found in school history books.
“Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive and American Wildfire” by Lizzie Johnson— In 2018, the Camp Fire tore through the town of Paradise, California, causing the event to become one of the deadliest wildfires in the nation’s history. Johnson was assigned to cover the fire and was afforded first-hand views of the town’s destruction. In her book, Johnson writes about her experience on the front lines and tells the stories of the people of the town.
“The Secret History of Food: Strand and True Stories About the Origins of What We Eat” by Matt Siegel — Ever wonder where some of our favorite foods came from? Learn about the ancient and sometimes obscure sources of food in Siegel’s book.
“A Separate Peace” by John Knowles — Taking place during WWII, the book follows the story of Gene and Finny who became friends despite their different personalities. The book uses universal themes of loyalty and loss of innocence to create a story that readers won’t forget.
“All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven — From the outside, Theodore Finch, a teenage outcast and Violet Markey, a popular cheerleader, are polar opposites until they both find themselves at the top of the school’s bell tower, planning to jump. Niven’s book takes readers through the two character’s friendship and struggles for a moving novel.
“Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume — You can’t have a list of young adult books without adding something from Judy Blume. Blume tells the story of Margaret, who has moved from New York City to the less sophisticated Farbook, New Jersey. Margaret finds some new friends who openly share everything from periods and bras to boys and religion. However, Margaret has a secret that she can’t even tell her closest companions about.
“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer — Meyer takes the story of “Cinderella” and puts a sci-fi spin on it taking readers in a fun new direction. The story includes all the original characters such as the evil stepmother, the swoony prince and a quirky sidekick.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” By Ransom Riggs — If the author’s name doesn’t catch your attention, then his story of a mysterious Welsh schoolhouse will. After reading the book, watch the movie by the same name.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon — Haddon’s book, which has been adapted into a Broadway play, centers around Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic teen. Christopher goes out of his way to ensure that his world is orderly and logical, that is, until he finds his neighbor’s dead dog. The event sends Christopher on a mission to solve the dog’s death which leads him to the discovery of a larger discovery.
“The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka — As with every tale, there’s always two sides and this book tells the story from the wolf’s perspective. The book puts a witty spin on the original 3 Little Pigs story.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst — We all have bad days but for Alexander, his is wrought with unending misfortune. Kids can learn how he deals with challenges in this brightly illustrated book.
“Press Here” by Herve Tullet — Tullet uses his book to not only tell a story, but to get kids to interact and play with the physical form of the book.
“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt — Duncan is experiencing more than the inability to choose a color when the crayons in his box go on strike. What’s funnier than the idea of crayons going on strike? Their grievances and excuses will have both kids and adults laughing.
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren — A personal favorite, Pippi Longstocking is a girl full of mischief and courage. The book details her impulsive adventures for an entertaining read for kids of all ages.
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead — An elderly man who makes daily visits to the animals at the zoo is surprised when the animals come to visit him when he is sick. The book is a cute story with even cuter illustrations.
Find these books and thousands more at the Clearview and High Plains library districts, through online retailers like Amazon or Barnes and Noble or even peruse thrift shops for some great reads at unbeatable prices.
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