Hey Savvy Readers, the winter season is upon us and we all know what that means: cold nights, no sunshine, and the inescapable winter chill that somehow manages to burrow through all your scarves and sweaters. Even the picturesque winter wonderland scenery loses its appeal after you’ve shoveled your driveway for the third time in one day! All that is to say that winter can be a real bummer sometimes. So, while we wait for the weather to warm up we’ve put together a list of sunny reads, guaranteed to lift your mood on even the chilliest of days.
The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon
If the winter season has you feeling restless and distracted, Meghan Cox Gurdon’s The Enchanted Hour offers a solution in the form of oral storytelling. Drawing from the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Gurdon outlines the miraculous benefits of reading aloud as a way stimulating the mind and uplifting your emotional well-being.
The Well-Lived Life by Lindsay Green
How will you be remembered once you’re gone? What legacy will you leave behind? These are the questions author Lyndsay Green considers in her new book, The Well-Live Life. Insightful and often uncomfortable, Green’s observations encourage us to re-examine our actions and live purposeful and fulfilled lives.
Girl, Wash You Face by Rachel Hollis
Do you feel like everyone has life all figured out except you? Well, Rachel Hollis is here to prove you wrong! In Girl, Wash Your Face, Hollis exposes and rejects the lies and misconceptions we are made to believe that keep us from living life to our fullest potential.
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
Cecilia Ahern‘s Roar is a beautifully written, often hilarious, collection of short stories about the lives, struggles, and successes of women. In each story the characters come to realize and appreciate their own strength and capacity for change.
Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
This is the perfect read for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed and overworked. Internationally bestselling author Matt Haig returns with a timely book about the way in which society, and other outside forces, impact our mental well-being. Drawing from his personal experiences with anxiety and depression, Notes on a Nervous Planet effectively functions as a guide to coping with the modern world.
Let That Sh*t Go by Nina Purewal & Kate Petriw
Let That Sh*t Go authors Kate Petriw and Nina Purewal teach us how to manage a busy lifestyle, find peace amidst the chaos and gain some much needed perspective. This is a worthwhile read if you get hung up on the little things and need a reminder to let that sh*t go!
Help Me by Marianne Power
Journalist, blogger, and self-proclaimed self-help junkie, Marianne Power, documents her deep-dive journey into the world of self-help books. Help Me follows Marianne as she tests one book after the other, hoping to transform her life… for better or for worse.
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philppe
This book is sure to brighten your day! When Norris Kaplan, a Black French-Canadian teen, begrudgingly moves from Montreal to Austen Texas, he expects to encounter the American high school stereotypes he’s seen on TV. But as Norris gets to know his classmates, and builds unexpected friendships Norris is forced to confront his own prejudices. Bonus: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is our current 50 Book Pledge Featured Read!
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Bestselling author Jennifer Robson offers a behind the scenes look into the making of Queen Elizabeth’s famous wedding gown! In The Gown, Robson takes us inside the workrooms, alternating from past to present, to weave together a story of pain, survival, and the bonds that connect us through time.
Hopefully these books will offer you some much needed cheer on these cold winter days. What are some books that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!