Winter reading list: 21 holiday books to carry you into 2018 |

Winter reading list: 21 holiday books to carry you into 2018

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s that perfect time of year to dive right into your favorite tale.

Whether it’s in front of a roaring fire as snowflakes fall from the sky or cozying up for a bedtime story, it’s time to pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate and claim your favorite spot on the couch.

We’ve asked Sarah Kostin and Jennie Lay from the Bud Werner Memorial Library and Marissa Mattson from Off the Beaten Path bookstore for their favorite picks to snuggle up with this winter season.

Sarah Kostin’s picks

Quirky titles

  • “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
  • “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion
  • “The Robot in the Garden” by Deborah Install

“This first pick is more artistic and magical,” said Kostin. “While the other two are light-hearted and quirky.”

Classic titles:

  • “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett
  • “Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay

Favorite adult authors:

  • Ann Patchett
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Brene Brown
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Toni Morrison
  • Pema Chodron

Favorite children’s picture book authors:

  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Peter Brown
  • Mac Barnett
  • Karma Wilson
  • Julia Donaldson

Favorite young adult chapter book authors:

  • JK Rowling
  • Roald Dahl
  • Kate DiCamillo

Favorite children’s read aloud books:

  • “Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem” by Mac Barnett
  • “Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson (Christmas book)
  • “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell

Jennie Lay’s picks

 Quirky titles:

  •  “South Pole Station” by Ashley Shelby.

“It’s ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette?’ meets front page climate change news,” Lay said. “It’s a novel with art, science, politics, romance, humor and the grave human and planetary condition convening at a weird, adventurous, far-flung destination.”

  • “And Then We Came to the End” by Joshua Ferris

“This is a hilarious and brilliant and a must-read for anyone who has ever worked in an office – so, pretty much everyone,” Lay said.

  • “The Financial Lives of the Poets” by Jess Walter

“This is one of the funniest books about being a writer that I’ve ever read,” Lay said.

Classic titles:

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
  • “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Favorite authors:

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
  • Sherman Alexi
  • Barbara Kingsolver

Marissa Mattson’s picks 

Quirky Titles:

  • “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

“It’s such a fun and fluffy adult fairy tale,” Mattson said.

Classic titles: 

  • “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

“An hysterical fairy tale for adults,” Mattson said. “Just as zany and fun as the film.”

  • “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

“Deeply beautiful story about love, loss and redemption,” Mattson said.

Favorites of 2017 :

  • “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly

“Dark yet powerful story of women in the Holocaust,” Mattson said. “A stunningly heartbreaking read.”

  • “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders

“This is a 2017 Man Booker Prize winner,” Mattson said. “Hauntingly gorgeous story of love, healing and letting go.”

  • “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks

“Fun and heartwarming collection of short stories from everyone’s favorite actor,” Mattson added.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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