It is that time of year where the end of winter is within reach but it still feels ways away. That leaves us with many opportunities to get cozy with a hot drink and a page-turning read. During the colder months I tend to enjoy a lot of mysteries and thrillers, but I am very much a mood reader, and some days I may feel like reading anything from science-fiction to a nice contemporary romance. Here is a suggestion from different genres. Hope you find your next cozy read!
Mystery: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
In the mood for a good ol’ whodunit? Look no further than this wonderfully crafted novel that is an homage to the works of Agatha Christie. Not only a compelling mystery but also quite a journey that includes a novel within a novel. By far one of my favourite mystery novels I have read recently.
Science-fiction: Lexicon by Max Barry
A world where students at an exclusive school are taught persuasion, using language and words to manipulate and control. The novel follows two storylines: one of a young homeless girl who is recruited to the elite school, and the other of a man who is abducted and pursued by very powerful people. A very engrossing read that kept me completely engaged as the puzzle fell into place.
Fantasy: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Set in the land of Renthia where the spirits that bring the land to life are a danger to humans. Only the chosen queen has the power to control these spirits and protect people from this ever-present danger. This is one of my absolute favourite fantasy series, full of compelling characters and captivating stories.
Magical Realism: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A wonderful debut novel that alternates between two time periods in Mexico City, and tells the story of three friends, during their time as children and later in adulthood. What unfolds is a story of friendship, love, and a little bit of magic.
Historical Fiction: I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable
Weaves the stories of three women and journeys from the English countryside to the streets of Paris. A charming novel that is beautifully written and full of endearing characters.
Young Adult: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The story of a high school senior who is the anonymous creator of a massively popular webcomic. When her identity is revealed, it affects her in many ways; shattering the ability to escape into her online community, and heightening her struggle with anxiety. I absolutely loved this thoughtful and charming novel.
Contemporary Fiction: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane
When Delia learns her boyfriend of ten years has been unfaithful, her life takes an unexpected turn as everything she thought she knew is challenged. This leads her to a new city, a new adventure, and the discovery of who she is and what she wants. A funny and smart novel that explores a number of themes and does so with depth and nuance.