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Five Books To Read On A Snow Day

Top books for cozying up in front of a warm fire - who needs electricity anyway!

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1. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

This book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction AND has 4.3/5 on Goodreads!

Set in France and Germany leading up to and during WWII, this book follows two intertwining stories. The first is of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl sent to live in the coastal town of St Malo for her own safety. The second is of Werner, a young German mechanical whiz involved in St Malo's occupation.

Part historical fiction, part thriller, and part poignant love story, you'll be so immersed in this book, you won't even notice the cold!

2. Tribe - Sebastian Junger

This book is a must-read for non-fiction enthusiasts!

Tribe is one journalist's attempt to reconcile the feelings of intense well-being experienced by people living in places ravaged by war and natural disasters. The narrative takes you all over the world, from Sarajevo to the American Midwest and back again. It is an incredibly well-researched work, and offers a potential explanation to the current mental-health epidemic - the general loss of a sense of shared community in the developed world.

Particularly resonant in today's politically and economically unsteady climate, you will not be able to put Tribe down.

3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barberry

This gem of a book has one foot firmly in the mundane world of human interactions, and the other in the lofty halls of existentialism. The beauty of this story lies in the vastly different external and internal lives lived by its characters, and in their finding kindred spirits in spite of it.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog is perfect for anyone who has ever felt their position in life didn't quite fit. You will live alongside the residents of 7 Rue de Grenelle, and find a home away from your snowy home in their stories.

4. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

This truly bizarre book is a classic for a reason.

Written in disjointed stream-of-consciousness, the story follows an encampment of military pilots stationed on the Italian Island during WWII. The narrator abruptly breaks the chronological order of the story, leaving the reader with a sense of the utter disruption of war.

You will laugh out loud at the ridiculous characters, and the sharp critique of war, the military, and western society at large. You'll also be glad to be hunkered down, far from danger.

5. Birds Without Wings - Louis de Bernieres

By the same author who wrote Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Birds Without Wings is a sweeping story of Christian and Muslim villagers in rural Turkey around WWI.

By placing focus on the children of the village, Louis de Bernieres depicts all the facets of war, both at home and on the battlefield, with the familiarity of a story told by your grandfather.

You will be transported to the tiny Anatolian town, and feel keenly the loss of religious tolerance and neighbourhood experienced by a community torn by the war.

Bonus - Louis de Bernieres subtly carries characters throughout his works, so you may find some familiar faces from Captain Corelli's Mandolin!

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