With fall in full swing and winter just around the corner, the weather will soon change, bringing with it cold days dotted with snow or rain.
When Mother Nature keeps you and your family from going out, turn to an adventure of a different kind: books.
From thrillers and romances to memoirs and history, there are limitless amounts of entertainment in the world of books.
The Greeley Tribune has compiled a list of interesting reads for adults, teens and children that are sure to keep the mind occupied or provide some quiet time.
So grab your blanket, fill your mug with your favorite hot drink, and snuggle up to read.
Vivian Gornick’s âFierce Attachmentsâ – Gornick tells the story of his life growing up in buildings in the Bronx in the 1940s, surrounded by local women, including his mother. Gornick tells the story of her long-standing battle for independence while battling her strong mother-daughter bond.
“Heritage” by Philip Roth – This book details the process of Roth’s father declining to a benign brain tumor and the struggle to take care of him. Despite his harsh, unadorned honesty in the book, Roth writes a touching tribute to his father.
“Lives other than mine” by Emmanuel Carrere – The book begins in 2004, when Carrere and his girlfriend were on vacation in Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit. However, the book takes a turn when the writer begins to tell the story of his girlfriend’s sister who is dying of cancer. The story examines how the author defines a meaningful life by learning his own limitations and prejudices.
“The Life of That Boy” by Tobias Wolff – The book chronicles Wolff’s life with his divorced mother who flees abuse and runs after the possibility of getting rich as a uranium prospector. Throughout the memoir, Wolff describes being beaten by her mother’s boyfriend and forced to shell horse chestnuts for hours after school. Despite his childhood in the 1950s, Wolff’s tale is no less classic.
Rachel Cusk’s “Work of a Lifetime” – Cusk writes about life as a new mother in a raw and honest way. From sleepless nights to dealing with a sick baby, the author explains how she learned to share her world with a child while trying to hold on to a semblance of herself.
“Journey with Lizbeth” by Lars Eighner – Eighner writes about his three years of surviving homelessness in America. In the book, the author recounts how he refused to beg or steal, how he searched for food in the trash, and avoided using drugs or alcohol to escape his predicament. The book is written in a first-person narrative that leads readers to see the lives of homeless people in a different light.
Rachel Caine’s “Lake Stillhouse” – A housewife’s life turns upside down when she finds out that her husband is a serial killer. Fleeing for her life, she hides to find herself facing a new threat.
“My beautiful wife” by Samantha Downing – Described as a combination of “Dexter” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” Downing writes a story about an everyday couple who decide to spice up their life with a murder.
âSharp Objectsâ by Gillian Flynn – A journalist returns to her hometown to report on the unsolved murder of two preteen girls and discovers the danger is closer than she thinks.
“Home Before Dark” by Riley Sager – The main character, Maggie, returns to restore a house she inherited. The problem is, the house was the subject of a book her father wrote about the family’s three-week stay before they were forced to flee into the night. Too young to remember the event, Maggie is skepticalâ¦ until she isn’t.
“The Sun Down Motel” by Simone St. James – The book tells the story of Viv, who worked in a roadside motel in 1982. As the story unfolds, the secrets of the motel and its guests also evolve.
“The night swim” by Megan Goldin – True crime fans will enjoy this read on a podcaster involved in an investigation into a rape trial and drowning accident 25 years ago. The book cleverly weaves two distinct but intertwined mysteries.
“Life on the Line” by Emma Goldberg – This book tells the story of six medical graduates who were immersed in the pandemic and chaos of COVID-19. The book chronicles the work of doctors who faced impossible circumstances to save lives and make history.
“The Appalachian Trail” by Philip D’Anieri – Read about the history of the trail, the people who built it and the people who walked it.
“The Effect of the Deadline” by Christopher Cox – With the pandemic forcing many to work from home, the line between personal and professional can be blurred. Cox helps readers meet deadlines and learn better ways to achieve goals.
âThe New Women of the Wild Westâ by Winifred Gallagher – This book explores the role played by women in the 19th century in the formation and colonization of the West. From the suffragette movement to the denial of the right to vote for their race, Gallagher tells the stories of these women not found in school history books.
“Paradise: One Town’s Lutte to Survive and American Wildfire” by Lizzie Johnson– In 2018, the campfire ravaged the town of Paradise, California, making the event one of the deadliest wildfires in the country’s history. Johnson was tasked with covering the blaze and got to see the city’s destruction firsthand. In his book, Johnson writes about his frontline experience and tells the stories of the townspeople.
âThe Secret History of Food: True Stories and Twigs About the Origins of What We Eatâ by Matt Siegel – Have you ever wondered where some of our favorite foods come from? Learn about ancient and sometimes obscure food sources in Siegel’s book.
Books for teens and young adults (which older adults may also enjoy)
“A Separate Peace” by John Knowles – Set during WWII, the book follows the story of Gene and Finny who became friends despite their different personalities. The book uses universal themes of loyalty and loss of innocence to create a story readers will not forget.
“All the bright places” by Jennifer Niven – From the outside, Theodore Finch, a teenage outcast and Violet Markey, a popular cheerleader, are poles apart until they both find themselves atop the school steeple, planning to jump . Niven’s book takes readers through the friendship of the two characters and their struggles for a touching novel.
“Are you there, my God?” It’s me, Margaret “by Judy Blume – You can’t have a list of young adult books without adding something from Judy Blume. Blume tells the story of Margaret, who moved from New York to the less sophisticated Farbook, New Jersey. Margaret finds new friends who openly share everything from rules and bras to boys and religion. However, Margaret has a secret that she can’t even tell her closest companions.
“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer – Meyer takes the story of “Cinderella” and gives it a sci-fi twist, taking readers in a fun new direction. The story includes all of the original characters such as the evil stepmom, the passed out prince, and an eccentric sidekick.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Special Children” by Ransom Riggs – If the author’s name doesn’t grab your attention, then his story of a mysterious Welsh school will. After reading the book, watch the movie of the same name.
“The curious incident of the dog during the night” by Mark Haddon – Haddon’s book, which was adapted into a Broadway play, centers on Christopher John Francis Boone, a teenage boy with autism. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure his world is orderly and logical, that is, until he finds his neighbor’s dog dead. The event sends Christopher on a mission to resolve the dog’s death, which leads him to the discovery of a larger discovery.
Inspire the imagination of toddlers with these children’s books
“The real story of the 3 little pigs” by Jon Scieszka – As in any tale, there are always two sides and this book tells the story from the point of view of the wolf. The book gives a witty twist to the original 3 Little Pigs story.
“Alexander and the terrible, horrible, not good, very bad day” by Judith Viorst – We all have bad days, but for Alexandre, his is marked by endless misfortune. Children can learn how he meets challenges in this brilliantly illustrated book.
“Press here” by HervÃ© Tullet – Tullet uses his book not only to tell a story, but to get children to interact and play with the physical form of the book.
“The Day the Pencils Ceased” by Drew Daywalt – Duncan experiences more than the inability to choose a color when the pencils in his box go on strike. What could be funnier than the idea of ââthe pencils going on strike? Their grievances and apologies will make children and adults laugh.
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren – A personal favorite, Pippi Longstocking is a girl full of mischief and courage. The book details his impulsive adventures for entertaining read for children of all ages.
“A sick day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead – An elderly man who visits the animals in the zoo daily is surprised when the animals come to visit him while he is sick. The book is a cute story with even cuter illustrations.
Find these books and thousands more in the library neighborhoods of Clearview and High Plains, from online retailers like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or even browse thrift stores for great reads at great prices.