Winter Break Reading List

Taken by Sarah Channels

Posted by Sarah Channels, Poetry Reader and PR Manager for 9.1

My taste in literature often varies from season to season.  When it starts getting cold out, I look for reads that will keep me cozy as the days get shorter, but also that keep me on the edge of my seat through the darker months.  Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A reading list without a classic is not a reading list at all.  The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my personal favorites, complete with just enough dark energy to mimic your cold, winter nights.  This novel features themes of vanity, immortality, love, intelligence, and beauty.  If you’re looking for a classic that will keep you on the edge of your seat in more ways than one, this is the perfect book for you to read this winter.

  1. I Would Leave Me If I Could. by Halsey

If you’re looking for poetry this winter instead of prose, try I Would Leave Me If I Could.  And yes, this is the same Halsey that you hear on Top 40 radio stations.  In this collection, she brings to the table themes of failing relationships, family issues, mental illness, and sexuality.  She writes poetry in a similar artistic style to the way that she writes lyrics, so if you enjoy her music at all, then this is definitely something that you should check out.

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is probably the one book that I recommend more often than any other, as it is my personal favorite.  Along with wintery themes such as a secret Santa Christmas party, this novel is also something that feels cozy and familiar to me, which makes it the perfect read for this time of year.  The film version of this book is on Netflix — after you’ve read it, have a movie night in with yourself — make a cup of your favorite tea and relax.

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

If you didn’t have to read this one in high school, the time is now.  Another classic to add to this list, Wuthering Heights features themes of love to keep you warm through the winter.  Brontë’s characters are loveable and relatable, and if you’re anything like me, this novel will keep you thinking about it for years to come.  If you’re looking for supplemental content after reading this novel, check out Kate Bush’s song Wuthering Heights, which has been on repeat for me for months now.

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