Hello everyone! 🙂 Today we are going to talk about my top 3 Winter book recommendations.Before we start let me say that these are all fiction books, in order to be lightly entertained on our relaxing snowy day/afternoon/evening/night!
Let’s start with:
•Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham:
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” works. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
(Yes, the author is the beloved actress who played Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood.)
This novel is a work based on a fictionalization of Graham experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s.
The story is unique, and sometimes really funny, told through both regular prose and dialogue, and excerpts from answering machine messages, Filofax pages, grocery lists, drawings, ideas etc.. as if they were real parts of the real diary of the protagonist. 😉
Moreover, I love the premises of the book (a struggling actress; bizarre commercials; an attractive guy who is also an actor; strange roommates etc.)
So, this is a charming and laugh-out-loud novel perfect for a relaxing reading during a freezing Sunday afternoon!
P.S: Graham recently signed a deal with Warner Bros Television to adapt the book into a TV series.
Now, let’s move on with a more complicated one:
•Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki:
When he hears her favorite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love, Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported almost twenty years back to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire… and to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.
This story is anything but simple! Also, it’s really sad and, if you ask me, perfect to read during a dark, cold and melancholic winter evening.
The prose is smooth, almost in a silky way, and very captivating. Also, the descriptions are beautiful, done in long and loving details.
I would say this is a challenging, quite bizarre, but also amazing reading. When you have finished the book, if you want, please tell me what you think of it because, I don’t even know how to explain it, but the ending was really strange, at least for me.
P.S: I’ve read somewhere that there is a movie adapted from this book, I haven’t seen it but I think it is worth checking it out.
And the finish line is another relaxing evening read:
•Die For Me by Amy Plum:
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she has to leave everything behind and move to Paris to live with her grandparents. Kate knows her life will never be the same. But she has no idea how right she is…until she meets Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix puts Kate in danger of losing her heart all over again. Especially when Kate discovers his impossible secret: Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny and enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. And Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
It’s a young adult paranormal/romance story set in contemporary Paris. I loved the descriptions of the various places in Paris, because it is one of my favorite cities in the world and the book being set there added some extra charm to the story of Kate, Vincent and their friends.
I really liked the prose of the author, very enjoyable and captivating. I also liked the mythology of the story; it’s really interesting, unique and very well-constructed.
I have to admit that this book has some clichés, including true everlasting love and some annoying young adult moments, but overall I would recommend it as some very good light reading for a relaxing winter day.
And don’t forget that this is a trilogy so, you will remain with bated breath until the last pages of the third book! 😉