It’s cold outside! Take a break from watching tv and use your brain to read. Reading a book by the fire is a relaxing activity that keeps you warm during this cold season. Your first step, though, is to choose a book!
Author: Roald Dahl
Whether or not your kids climb onto the couch with you, make sure you add Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to your reading list this winter! Revisit a timeless children’s classic that has inspired several film adaptations (some great, some not-so great), and let your mind wander off to a fantastical factory filled with flowing chocolate rivers and oompa-loompas.
2.) Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time catalogues the journey of a young woman, Jenna, searching for her missing mother, an avid elephant enthusiast. Throughout the story, Jenna enlists a psychic and private investigator to help with the search, making for some unconventional interactions between characters that are sure to entertain all types of readers. Reviewers call the book “surprising,” “exciting,” and “brilliant.”
3.) Lila: A Novel
Author: Marilynne Robinson
Lila focuses on the town of Gilead in a National Book Award finalist story. The protagonist, Lila, is homeless when she arrives in the small Iowa town, and the story takes the reader through her upbringing by a drifter to her eventual marriage to a priest in a more secure environment. Marilynne Robinson has written “a new American classic,” and you should take note of her Pulitzer Prize status when picking your winter read.
Author: B.J. Novak
The Office’s B.J. Novak (Ryan), writes an engaging, hilarious, and kid-friendly book that the whole family can enjoy. Although the title and cover may seem boring, this book is anything but: reviewers say that their young children (ages 6-8), laughed while the book was read. Novak’s rationale for not including pictures is that “everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud,” a mantra which lends itself to several silly words that will keep kids excited page after page.
Author: Anne Lamott
Author Anne Lamott shares her life experiences with the reader and describes how they have helped shape her writing style. Even if you haven’t considered writing a story before, Lamott provides simple instructions that can help you find your voice. Creative writing is an excellent hobby during the colder months, and while Bird by Bird is filled with its own engaging stories, Lamott inspires readers to pursue their own creations throughout!
Provide your zip code and/or promo code below to compare rates in your area:
You know how to run your business and you have a firm understanding of what your customers and clients need. And if you’re planning for small business success, you probably appreciate that success requires a strong business plan.
Smart homes give homeowners control over everything from energy use to home security, but transitioning to an entirely automated home can be a little overwhelming. If you don’t already have a smart-home hub, smart plugs might be the perfect compromise.
From lighting up your home to transforming your front yard, decorative lights are a popular way to brighten any home during the holidays. While traditional string lights and decorative lights are a staple in many homes, they can use significant amounts of energy.
Knowing how to maintain your ideal home humidity is important for both your health and your living space. Too much humidity in your house can result in mold, wood rot and aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms.