Cozy Books for Winter Days

The winter days can be long, cold and dreary, but we’ve got something to engage your mind – great books. Nothing beats cozying up by the fire or under a blanket with a good book to pass a chilly winter’s day. Whether it’s romance, adventure, poetry or drama, there’s something for everyone in the land of books. Based on what Blue Mountain Facebook Friends say they’re reading these days, here are just a few suggestions to get you into the reading spirit!


Oscar, a therapy cat born in 2005, became known for his uncanny ability to predict death in a Rhode Island Nursing and Rehabilitation facility. Called everything from an “amazing cat” to a “harbinger of death”, Oscar has predicted approximately 50 deaths by curling up to certain terminal patients just before their expiration. The “early warning system” brings both a heads-up and comfort to the families of the patients, and a curiosity about his abilities to the world.

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett – published in 2009.

Recent college-graduate Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is anxious to become a writer, and is encouraged to write about things that disturb her. A social activist in the making, she collects the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets both relies and mistrusts. Aibileen (a maid) and Minny (Aibileen’s best friend) provide Skeeter with their scathing and shocking stories, bringing pride and optimism to the black community, while giving Skeeter the bravery to conquer her personal limitations and accomplish her goals.

 THE SHACK by William P. Young – published in 2007.

Mackenzie “Mack” Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted while on an Oregon family vacation. An abandoned shack is the only thing that provides any clues, and the evidence says that she may have been brutally murdered. Four years later, Mack receives a suspicious note (supposedly from God) that invites him back to that shack for a weekend. The revelation that he gets will astound and transform him, and possibly you, the Reader.

 THE HEART MENDER: A STORY OF SECOND CHANCES by Andy Andrews – published in 2010.

While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard… literally. Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion The Heart Mender offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer.

 WHAT SOUTHERN WOMEN KNOW (THAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD): Timeless Secrets to Get Everything you Want in Love, Life, and Work by Ronda Rich – published in 2000.

Rich explains the mystique of Southern women and why they always get what they want. She also shows women how to achieve the same kind of personal and professional success by retaining their femininity and respect for tradition, choosing their battles carefully, and being courteous and positive.

“Reading her book is like watching a hilarious episode of the sitcom Designing Women.”-The Tennessean (Nashville)”

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert – published in 2006.

32-year-old Elizabeth Gilbert had a successful life, but is unhappy in her marriage. An affair followed by a divorce leads her on an introspective journey to Italy, India and Bali to “eat”, “pray” and “love” her way back into a centered, happy life.

What books are you recommending to friends these days?