The commute to downtown Portland is my Audiobook heaven. The winter weather in Portland begs for a nearly full-time reading nook with blankets and books piled high for days filled with reading and gazing out the window. My reading time is never that picturesque,, but a girl can dream. I usually pick up a book those last few minutes before bed or put an audiobook on while traveling to and from work.
This winter I stepped pretty far outside of my usual young adult fiction favorites and picked a variety titles and genres.
1 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Historical fiction story about a blind girl and her father during WWII. He built models of the cities they lived in to help her learn how to navigate their neighborhoods and live life like any other little girl. A very beautiful and sad story.
2 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
My first David Sedaris book. A book that came highly recommended to me by a dear friend. A little sad and dark at times, and hilariously inappropriate at others.
3 This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
A heavy hearted, research filled, mother earth focused view of capitalism and climate change. Excellent on all accounts and heartbreaking.
4 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Is this a movie? It needs to be a movie. For any producers looking to make this beautiful novel into a movie, I would like to offer my candidacy now for the role of Isabelle Rossignol. She is the kind of heroine every young girl and grown woman should know. Isabelle Rossignol is my favorite heroine of 2015.
5 The Martian by Andy Weir
Saved the best for last. My favorite book of the year. It was captivating, intelligent and funny. If you liked the movie, you will love the book. The moment I finished it, I nearly started over from the beginning.
Audible, thank you for keeping me company all winter. I can see that this is just the very beginning of our friendship.
What are you reading this winter?