I love picking a selection of books that I will look forward to for the coming season. Here are the books I plan to tackle this winter:
The first book I am planning to read I picked up at the goodwill a month or two ago. My Story by Elizabeth Smart falls into the genres of true crime and autobiography. I am familiar with Elizabeth’s story of survival through an absolute nightmare, but I have never heard her telling of it. I expect this to be a heartwrenching read with fascinating insights into a scenario we have all imagined but never hope to endure.
After thoroughly enjoying ‘Under the Dome’, I am looking forward to (but also weirdly dreading) my second step into the world of Stephen King. I do not know what to expect from Stephen King’s Cell, but terror, discomfort, and suspense are likely.
Keeping things heavy, as seems to be my taste in books lately– and oddly, sticking with the theme of childhood kidnappings, I’ll tick off my next book from the Queen of Suspense herself. Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark is one that I don’t recall having read as a child, so it should be a fresh and exciting story.
To lighten things up, I am looking forward to reading Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. Yup, thee Tom Hanks. I never knew he was an author, let alone of fiction. Most celebrities end up writing a memoir, but this is a collection of short stories.
Similar to ‘Gone Girl’, Room by Emma Donahue was huge around 2010, with the book gaining massive notoriety and then being followed up by a major motion picture. I suspect this will be a deep dive back into a dark storyline, but we will have to wait and see as I do not have much knowledge of the subject matter.
I am proud that all of these books are secondhand. From thrift stores to yard sales to little neighbourhood libraries and Facebook Marketplace. I am saving money, practicing sustainable shopping, and keeping books out of landfills. I encourage you to do the same. Stay tuned in the spring for my update after I have finished all the books on my list!