Imagine this: It’s a cold and snowy winter day in Lake Tahoe, the crackling of the fire is casting an orange glow throughout the room, and you peer out the window to see the approaching blizzard is settling in for the evening. It’s the perfect day to cozy up on the couch with your favorite blanket and make one of our delicious winter drink recipes. While reaching for your hot cup of comfort, your mind ponders on what you might do for the rest of the day. Then you remember the new book you just bought. With nowhere to be for the day, you settle in and get lost in the pages.
But what if you don’t have a great book to read? Not to worry, we have put together this list of some of the bestselling books featured on The New York Times Best Sellers list for reading this winter.
Where the Crawdad’s Sing – Delia Owens | Mystery, Fiction
Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2018 novel by Delia Owens. It has topped the The New York Times Fiction Bestselling Books list of 2019 for 20 non-consecutive weeks. The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
The Institute – Stephen King | Thriller, Fiction
Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods. As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, After many other bestselling books, author Stephen King brings you The Institute, a gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
A Minute To Midnight – David Baldacci | Mystery, Fiction
When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer. A Minute to Midnight is the next gripping installment in Special Agent Atlee Pine’s search for the truth from one of the world’s most favorite thriller writers, David Baldacci.
“My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I’m back here now trying to find the truth.”
Me – Elton John | Autobiography, Nonfiction
The multi-award winning solo artist’s first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships, and private struggles. In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman.
Becoming – Michelle Obama | Autobiography, Nonfiction
One of the years top bestselling books, Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris | Historical Fiction
Based on the true story of Pino Lella, a 17-year-old Italian boy who led Jews escaping the Nazis over the Alps, became a spy inside the German High Command, and fell in love with a woman who would haunt him the rest of his life.
The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys | Romance, Fiction
Madrid, 1957. Daniel, young, wealthy and unsure of his place in the world, views the city through the lens of his camera. Ana, a hotel maid whose family is suffering under the fascist dictatorship of General Franco. Lives and hearts collide as they unite to uncover the hidden darkness within the city. A darkness that could engulf them all . . .Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love and the hidden violence of silence.
Educated – Tara Westover | Biography, Nonfiction
Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.
Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.
A Gentleman In Moscow – Amor Towles | Historical Fiction
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng | Domestic Fiction
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town.