10 Books to Help Beat the January Blues

Are you finding it hard to snuggle up and read a book this month? Since most of us are either in the second round of lockdown or are freely available to more around, but not in the way like it was before, people may have a difficult time concentrating on a novel. On top of that, the cold weather may put a damper on your reading endeavours.

Well, don’t fret! If you want to get back into the reading spirit, here are ten engaging reads that will not only have you forget about what is going on outside, it will warm your body and soul with their heartwarming nature and compelling storytelling:

The Switch by Beth O’ Leary

We all love to “switch” to a different life compared to the ones we’re living now but this uplifting and heartwarming read will make you forget what’s going on outside.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The courage, kindness and perseverance in the wake of grief and loss is just the inspirational narrative we need to read more often. This book isn’t just for Austen fans, however, the passionate fans will find great enjoyment in this book, and as they do with Austen’s novels, they will return to it more and more, to make sure to savor its goodness and serenity for years to come.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The March sisters’ journey from childhood to adulthood will warm your heart and entertain you during the coldest days. Alcott brought these young girls into our homes and you will be sad when it is time for them to leave.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

A woman’s relatable journey and exploration makes this narrative fresh and honest and a perfect book to begin for the new year.

She Will Soar: Bright Brave Poems About Escape and Freedom By Women edited by Ana Sampson

Poetry has the power to uplift the soul, especially during dark times. So there is no better collection than this latest anthology by Sampson that will shine a hopeful light during those cold, winter nights.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Started out as hopeless and morbid but ending with an uplifting and powerful message, the mixture of magic and realism with have readers enthralled poignant, inspirational, emotional and well written this contemporary novel.

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma’s meddling in other people’s lives will be such a joy to read while living in a world where we have to be socially distant from anyone. You’ll feel that you will be in village of Highbury!

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

A book that highlights and praises the love of reading and the importance of libraries? How can that not brush away your winter blues? And being by the fantastic writer, Jojo Moyes is just a major bonus.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

If you are looking for a good, twisty mystery then look no further with Turton’s biggest hit in 2018! This book will have you on the edge of your seat…and blow away any cobwebs that you get from the winter blues.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Such a heartwarming and delightful story! Anne’s personality was just such a delight to read during quarantine life. Her appreciation for the things that we take for granted such as nature was just a breath of fresh air, literally. I just couldn’t get enough of Anne’s antics and her strong personality. Anne’s perspective on life caused a change in everyone she met and that what made her such an amazing person.



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