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28 Books to Read This Winter

By December 21, 2016 May 16th, 2017 No Comments

As the temperatures drop and the first snow of the season begins to fall, there’s seemingly no better time to curl up with a good book. Just add a roaring fire and you’re in business! Here, our instructors share the books they are reaching for this winter. 

Farah Goldstein

“Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty; “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh; “Reconstructing Amelia” and “Where They Found Her” (both by Kimberly McCreight); and the “Gabriel Allon Series” by Daniel Silva

Emily Sferra

“The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals With Soul” by Danielle LaPorte

Amandah Povilitus

“The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter” by Peter Singer

Emily Burkhardt

“The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion” by Elle Luna.

Patrice Caracci

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Jessica Bielski

“The Bielski Brothers” by Peter Duffy

Alex Robinson

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. What originally drew me to this one was that it was actually inspired by my daily train route into central London. I never saw anything like this happen though (in case you were wondering.) For me, it’s a lot more than a sentimental train journey. Unreliable narration and the somewhat implausible twists make “The Girl on the Train” absolutely fascinating. It reminded me of some of my favorite Palahniuk and Brett Easton Ellis novels in it’s dark tone and plot devices. Read it before you see the movie, as who doesn’t like saying the book was better than the film.

Annie Petersmeyer

“The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer; “Becoming a Supple Leopard” by Kelly Starrett; “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” by Robert M. Sapolsky


Ashley Smith

“First Comes Love” by Emily Griffin; “All the Lights We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr; “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton

Traci Thomas

“Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education” by Mychal Denzel Smith; “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo; “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

Hannah Bornstein

“Tiny, Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed; “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown

Elena Flores Rector

“The Four Agreements ” by Don Miguel Ruiz; “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls; “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

Teddy Heidt

“Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes; “The Andy Cohen Diaries” (Pts. 1 & 2) -by Andy Cohen; “The Dinner” by Herman Koch