Escapist bed for long winter nights



I used to be a snob about reading YA fantasy as an adult. But now some of my favorite comfort books are YA series that I’ve read over and over again – “by Suzanne Collins”The hunger Games, “by Stephenie Meyer”dusk, “by JK Rowling”Harry potter, “JRR Tolkien”the Lord of the Rings series. Don’t let pride get in the way of joy. They offer a simple escape into another world entirely.

If you are interested in something new, and especially if you like Suzanne Collins, try anything in Marie Lu. His last, “Steel Striker“(2021), is the sequel to his bestseller buzzy 2020”Sky hunter. “Lu’s famous dystopian”Legend”Trilogy, set for serial treatment, is a good starting point. #PureEscape

The “Legend” of Marie Luhandout


The cozy mystery genre has exploded with pun-laden titles and storylines incorporating baked goods, bookstores, and pets. If what you are looking for is a read type story on the T, many will serve. But a few authors stand out.

Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache the novels are solid, offering picturesque villages and interesting characters. Volume 17 of the series, The madness of the crowds,”Is out now.

Alan bradley ‘Luce’s daughter-in-law Flavia has charmed the hearts of millions of people for a decade, starting with her award-winning “The sweetness at the bottom of the pie at “The golden braids of the dead“(2019).

Born in Zimbabwe Alexander McCall Smiththe resounding success of “Detective Agency for Women # 1“, following the adventures of detective Mma Ramotswe in Botswana, is now volume 22:”The Joy and Light Bus Companyreleased last month. The Boston Globe bestselling author has been very busy. The Man with the Silver Saab”- the third installment in his Detective Varg series – was also released this year, as was his Tiny Tales: stories of romance, ambition, kindness and happiness“, illustrated by Iain McIntosh – not a mystery, but exactly what the title describes.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with a classic. Open a Agatha christie, and you are by the fireside in an old British library, with snow falling outside. Christie’s catalog is extensive, another bonus, but find holiday vibes in “The Christmas pudding adventure, ” the collection of storiesMurder in the middle of winter,” and “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. “#BingeRead


Some of the most popular mystery writers have had new books this year: They don’t rank as “cozy” on store shelves, but they do have storylines, settings, and page-turning characters in which to fall. to lose. And some have been adapted for TV Series or Movies.

Harlan coben had quite a few books on Netflix, including the years 2021 “The innocent, “and 2020 s”Woods,”Both based on his novels of the same name published in 2005 and 2007, respectively. His latest book is “To earn,Based on wealthy Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood III, trying to unravel a decades-old kidnapping and heist involving his family.

Michael Connelly’s The Bosch series, centered around an LAPD detective, has evolved into an Amazon Prime series which has just concluded its seventh and final season. His last, “The dark hoursIs a novel by Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch. It follows Fire of the nightWhich was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Times Book Review for best detective novel of the year. Start with the first in this series, “The late show.


Sometimes you just need to laugh. that of David Sedaris most recent, A Snackery Carnival: Newspapers (2003-2020) does not disappoint. Like his first volume of diaries, “Theft by finding”Proven, his ear for dialogue and his taste for the absurd is formidable.

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“The Snackery Carnival” by David Sedarishandout

So make yourself comfortable and read your way to spring.

Lauren Daley can be reached at [email protected]. she tweets @ laurendaley1.

Lauren Daley can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twiiter @ laurendaley1.


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