Reading is the only way you can travel, try new things and meet interesting people all from the comfort of your couch. And with this chilly winter weather, we’ll be stocking our bookshelves with page-turners, tear-jerkers and soul-quenchers to last us all month. From cookbooks to memoirs, read on to see our top 9 picks for January:
- Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, by : After complicated Christmas dinners and way too many holiday treats, January provides a much-needed opportunity to bring some balance back into your life. With recipes like Miso Salmon, Lemon Pavlova and Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Shrimp, dinnertime just got a whole lot simpler (and healthier!).
- Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow: The new Broadway musical “Hamilton” is taking over as the hottest show (and album) of the year. This book, about the history of one of America’s founding fathers, inspired “Hamilton” playright and composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to write the critically acclaimed show.
- Boys in the Trees: A Memoir, by Carly Simon: Read all about the remarkable life of singer-songwriter Carly Simon as she shares the stories of her childhood and her life as a songwriter.
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rimes: The power woman behind some of our favorite TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” Shonda Rimes shares how saying “yes” changed her life, and how it can change yours as well.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown: If one of your resolutions is to take on more in the new year, you might want to rethink your priorities. This New York Times bestseller teaches readers all about living life simply and intentionally, instead of getting lost in the clutter.
- Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley: Planning on making 2016 the year you finally tackle that creative project? Before you jump in, allow two of the world’s most innovative and successful creatives to inspire you with a narrative that’s both interesting and informative.
- Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo: If you enjoyed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo’s next book will knock your socks off (and into perfectly neat, methodical piles, of course!).
- Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue: Since its 2010 release, Room has already garnered rave reviews and several awards. Told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, the book presents a tale that’s engaging, heart-wrenching and realistic all at once.
- Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín: An unlikely love story full of hardship, memorable characters and irresistible charm, Brooklyn is the perfect read for those cozy nights in.