Doing something a little different today because this blog has always been about my life and my passions, and boy, those things sure have evolved over the past 5 years since I began Coffee & Pine!
The reason for this post is that February is nearly upon us, AKA, in my opinion, the dreariest coldest longest month of the year. Something about February is so hard to get through (at least here in Canada!) as we’re desperate for Spring. During these freezing cold days keeping us stuck inside the best thing to do is grab a good book and wait out the snow storms.
Hopefully my top 5 recent reads can get you through these next few weeks as we wait for sunshine!
1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmer
This story took my breath away! It’s the story of Juliet who has recently lost her mother, and is grieving by writing her letters and leaving them at her grave. One day she receives a response and begins an anonymous friendship with someone who understands what she’s experiencing. This story is so much more than just a teenage romance, but involves self discovery, friendship, darkness and self doubt, courage, and rising above.
2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove surprised me. You’ll learn to love this story of grumpy old Ove who is bitter, blunt, and angry. But when new neighbours move in he begins to learn to open up again and accept people into his life after great loss.
3. One Day In December by Josie Silver
A sweet, light, rom-com type read (that doesn’t need to be read just in December!) this book is so charming as it follows Laurie, Sarah, and Jack over the span of 10 years through friendship and heartbreak.
4. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
A college girl falls asleep in her dorm one night, and doesn’t wake up, however she continues to sleep and dream for who knows how long. As this sleeping virus spreads through a small California town, the town is eventually quarantined and awaits an answer as to when loved ones will wake up.
5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I saved the best for last as this one is possibly my favourite book ever. Where The Crawdads Sing follows ‘the marsh girl’ Kya, who is essentially left to live on her own at age 6 in a shack in the marsh. She grows up in an unconventional way living in sync with nature until one day she’s accused of murder.
Have you read any of these yet?
If not, be sure to add some to the top of your to be read list!
Happy reading, friends!