I’ve long since strayed from my winter reading list. It was bound to happen given all the exciting new-to-me books I discover every day thanks to the MMD Reading Challenge and frequent trips to the bookstore. Here are 3 reads I’ve picked up recently that would make the perfect companion on a winter getaway…The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
I came across Rachman’s debut novel while browsing the used bookstore in my neighbourhood. Filled with beautiful and imaginative writing, this debut centers on a struggling English-language newspaper in Rome. Each chapter focuses on a different staffer; each swept away by his or her own personal drama. As the story unfolds, we learn more about the founding of the paper by millionaire Cyrus Ott and how the paper has fared while being passed down from generation to generation.
I breezed through it in two days. Three-quarters of the way through the book, I purposely slowed down in an effort to keep the story going longer. Unforgettable characters, gorgeous prose and a story that will never leave me. I’ll be re-reading this one for years to come.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her gorgeously written, hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, Gilbert embarks on a year-long journey of self-discovery following the breakdown of her marriage. She explores the art of pleasure in Italy, moves into an ashram and learns the art of prayer in India and seeks to balance the two in Bali.
If you love to travel, love reading about travel or love reading about finding love while traveling, then this one’s for you.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
I discovered this one thanks to The MMD Reading Challenge. Defending Jacob is more than just a legal thriller, it’s the story of an ordinary couple faced with the possibility that the child they raised might not be who they think he is. Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber lives with his wife Laurie and teenaged son Jacob in the small town of Newton. One spring morning, their suburb is rocked by a shocking crime: a fourteen-year-old boy stabbed to death in a local park. Even more shocking: the accused is Andy’s son Jacob.
Landay treats us to a compelling plot, convincing dialogue, non-stop suspense, and perfectly crafted and memorable characters. He kept me guessing from the opening chapter right up until the skillfully executed, “I never saw that coming” finale.
What have you been reading lately?