Winter Reads: 10 Books to Get Into Now

by Evette Dionne

Our thermostat levels are dropping. Halloween has commenced. Thanksgiving is peeking around life’s corner. Winter is signed, sealed, and will be delivered on most of our stoops in a few weeks. For fellow book lovers, there are few seasons that compare to the blissful chill of winter. Cozying under a cover and escaping into other realities is one of life’s treasures. With the winter countdown underway, here’s a list of 10 books to indulge in this frosty season.

  • kc

    I definitely need to pick up NW ASAP. Zadie Smith is everything.

  • Icypoetress

    :( I’m sorry, I love the Clutch and respect the choices here but, this left me a little disappointed. This seems like it was taken from the NYT lists and avoided many many different genres out there that are being released daily. I’d like to see stories from a variety of genres not just these standard ‘typical’ ones and if we go into the African American realm of picks, I ask that it’s gone into with a open mind and not prejudged to meaning only putting up Christian Lit, fiction historical novels that always seems to deal with slavery, rape or some type of rehashed outline that should be respectfully left to Alice Walker or Terry McMillian, or Street Lit that is based on what some may feel is the worse of the worse (i.e. always mentioned as guilty pleasures or books we are ashamed of, which is slightly rude). Chose those genres but also choose others. Just like there is a plethora of non-POC authors who write and are supported in all their genres such as this post appears to support, there are just as many POC-authors who write in every genre (and not just prescribed to their race) and some would surprise you with how good they are and how not in the prejudged box some of us put them in. *le sigh* Oh well. My bad if I over analyze the list, I’m just a book lover that would like to see more represented on a great site.

  • Shawna

    Currently reading “ZW.” I was hesitant considering the lackluster reviews (as not mentioned by Clutch), but Zadie’s previous work eventually won over and I made the purchase.

    I also have an advanced copy of “Sweet Tooth.” A friend of mine said it was great, so hopefully that will be a great Christmas break read (looking forward to a graduate school text book break).

  • Blaque217

    I only support African American authors. Maybe one day I will broaden my reading horizon…but I am looking forward to curling up under a blanket and getting lost several good books.

  • bluefacedangel

    It’s sort of a drag how your website lists the “next page” to see each book. It takes too long! Maybe my computer is just slow, but it would be so much easier if they were all listed on one page, and we could just scroll down.

  • Sue

    I felt the same way about this list. Most of the choices are either prominently displayed on Amazon’s book page because they are new releases, or they appear in some other bestseller lists. This would be more interesting if it explored some books that are not being marketed as aggressively in mainstream media–whether new or old. Some of my most satisfying reads have not been featured in any bestseller lists, but they still represented good writing. I did appreciate the variety in authors however.

    To add to the list above, I would recommend:
    Comeback Love by Peter Golden–A love story featuring 2 people who reconnect on a cold winter’s day in NYC after decades–and sort of pick up where they left off. There are other heavier themes in the narrative apart from the love story. Approach with an open mind and you might like it. Great for curling up with on the weekend.

    Unbowed by Wangari Maathai–She was the 1st African Woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, this is her memoir. Inspiring

    Three weeks in December by Audrey Schulman–If you like historical fiction, you may enjoy this! This book has a lot going on. It tells the 2 parallel stories at different points in time: One is of an engineer sent to Kenya in 1899 to build a railway through colonial British East Africa. Two: A scientist sent to present day Rwanda to find a medicinal plant. An engaging read, and good literary fiction.

  • African Mami

    @ Icypoetress,

    Wow. Great points. Please suggest some reading materials. Looking forward to seeing your list

    @ Sue,
    You are a woman after my heart, marry me! Your list is PHENOMENAL! I am going to BUY all three books.

    I’d also like to add two books by Kola Boof

    (i) The Sexy Part of the Bible [crazzzzzzzzy good!]
    (ii) Diary of a Lost Girl [currently reading]

  • chinaza

    If you want to venture into classic Caribbean literature, you might like “Green Days By The River” by Michael Anthony (Trinidad) and “Growing Up Stupid Under The Union Jack” by Austin Clarke (Barbados).
    These books are set in the culture and context of colonial times and are so rich in feeling.
    Or non-fiction “Bob Marley”by his mother Cedella Booker. Excellent.

  • The Other Jess

    If you’d like to try out a fantasy/sci-fi novel written by an African American woman, I suggest “Choosing Deceit: The Shun-Ur Book I” from author S.R. Sarai. Fantastical worlds, mystical people, fairy tales and heroes from other lands best characterize this book – it’s different and great!

  • Barbara2

    I go out of my way to find books by Black authors. I just read “Brainwashed,” by Tom Burrel, and am currently reading “A Reason To Belive,” by Deval Patrick–the first Black Governor of Massahusetts. “Power Concedes Nothing,” by “Connie” Rice–yes she is Condolezza’s cousin.

    Since I read about 10 books per 3 months, I tend to read everthing that comes out–no matter who the author.

    I read a book called “Plutonium” that took me through the politis of Africa and the world–by a White guy.

    Every Black woman should read “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebeca Skloot (White woman wrote it). Too many of us don’t know the story of this Black woman (Henrietta), although she is one of us.

  • stacyaustralia

    thank all of you for this list. i will definitely bookmark this page and look into these books!

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