10 books to get you through winter
June 03, 2019 By Southpoint Tuggeranong
Winter is the best season for snuggling under the covers or on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a warming story. From self-love guides to works of fiction and food for thought, we’ve rounded up the 10 best novels to take your mind off the cold.
Love Your Body
Love Your Body, currently $19.99 from Dymocks
It’s hard being a girl these days. Social media has made it a whole lot easier to compare yourself to someone else’s life, gene pool and resources. This 21st century conundrum inspired young Melbourne author and social worker Jennifer Saunders to pen Love Your Body, a love letter on loving yourself to all young girls out there.
It introduces the language of self-love and self-care to build resilience, while also celebrating the imperfections and diversity of bodies out there. For every girl (and even boy, woman and man) who needs a little reminder that they are more than likes, followers and appearance.
Boy Swallows Universe
Boy Swallows Universe, $19.99 from Dymocks
It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy falls in love, boy gets caught up with a nefarious drug dealer, boy must bust his mum out of jail on Christmas Day. Okay, so maybe not your standard bedtime story, and we can’t guarantee the story plays out in that order either.
What we can tell you is that Trent Dalton’s tome about a young boy trying to escape a life of crime, poverty and violence in 1983 Brisbane has taken Australia by storm. All reviews point toward this being one of those can’t-sleep-until-I-finish-this-chapter kind of books, so what are you waiting for?
Three Veg and Meat
Three Veg and Meat, $39.99 from Dymocks.
You know you’re supposed to be eating more vegetables, but how? Simple: make veg the hero. You (and the kids) can still have all the treats you love, from burgers and nachos to chicken schnittys and curry, but with that added boost of fibre, nutrients and vitamins you might be lacking.
It may not be a page-turner in the traditional sense, but Olivia Andrew’s recipe book – filled with delights such as butternut chicken, sausage rolls, ramen, and better chocolate brownies – is sure to be well-thumbed come the end of winter.
Everything Is F*cked
Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope, $29.99 from Dymocks
You’ve got everything you need, from your health and wealth to material items. So why do you have a looming feeling of, “Things are horribly messed up”? Economies are collapsing, every other person on Twitter is offended by something, and the planet is heating up.
Here to bring a little hope to this miserable assessment is Mark Manson, the author behind international bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. With his signature mix or erudite philosophical musings and out-of-nowhere humour, he will challenge you to be more honest with yourself and connect with the world in ways we haven’t yet considered.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, $19.99 from Dymocks
This devilishly delightful novel places you right in the thick of a countdown to the end of days. (Next Saturday, if we’re being precise.) Fussy angel Aziraphale and fast-living demon Crowley have grown rather fond of the earthly lifestyle – so much so, they decide they may just have to do something about the impending Apocalypse. Only problem is, someone’s misplaced the Antichrist.
This dark and hilarious take on mankind’s final judgment has just been developed into a highly anticipated TV series, so catch what all the fuss is about with the book first.
The Woman in The Window
The Woman in The Window, $16.99 from Dymocks
Over one million copies of this thriller have been sold, so you know it must be good. For ten months, Anna Fox has been too terrified by a mysterious trauma to leave the walls of her New York home. Instead, she sits at her window watching her new neighbours, the picture-perfect Russells. When one night she sees something she shouldn’t, Anna’s world starts to crumble. Part Rear Window, part Girl On The Train, A J Finn’s domestic horror story will have you questioning just how innocent your neighbours are.
The Trauma Cleaner
The Trauma Cleaner, $32.99 from Dymocks
Author Sarah Krasnostein spent four years shadowing Sandra Pankhurst for what was originally an online essay and is now an arresting and heartfelt biography.
Pankhurst owns and operates Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services, a company that cleans crime scenes. It’s not the first job Pankhurst has had – she’s been a husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, trophy wife – but it’s certainly the most extraordinary. The Trauma Cleaner will leave you speechless not just for its exploration of life and death, but for the affirmation that as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together.
The Land Before Avocado
The Land Before Avocado, $29.99 from Dymocks.
Let us paint you a picture, one of comically appalling food, strange clothing and awful attitudes. Did you think of Australia in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s? Richard Glover is asking you to, with a funny but frank look at the Australia of old, before health foods, before Kevin Rudd’s apology, and way before flares went out of (and came back into) fashion.
You’ll laugh, cry and be shocked reading about the cultural revolution that had to happen, and you may just be left questioning any nostalgia you feel for a ‘simpler time’.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, $18.99 from Dymocks
In 2014, Elizabeth Holmes was being heralded as the female Steve Jobs. She was a brilliant Stanford dropout with a revolutionary machine that could make blood tests faster and easier. Her company, Theranos, was worth $9 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn’t work.
By 2017, the company was worth nothing and it came out Holmes had been lying to investors, the FDA and her own employees. This too-crazy-to-be-true story must be read to be believed, least of all to consider the repercussions of blind faith in a small group of otherwise brilliant individuals.
The Barefoot Investor
The Barefoot Investor (Updated 2018 Edition), $29.95 from Dymocks
We know, we know, Scott Pape’s financial bible is an oldie – but a goodie. It is consistently called the only money guide you’ll ever need. The Barefoot Investor isn’t about strict budgets accounting for every cent spent, but about real, achievable short-term money moves that will help you reach long-term goals. Don’t wait for September to start spring cleaning your finances. The earlier you start, the more thankful you’ll be later in life.
…plus one for the kids: Fing
Fing, $19.99 from Dymocks
Adults might know David Walliams from his myriad of hilarious stereotype on Little Britain, but to the younger generation he is an accomplished children’s author. This daft tall story follows Myrtle Meek, who has everything she could possibly want – but everything is not enough, so she demands a Fing.
Her overly accommodating parents have no idea what a Fing is, but they set out to find one for their monstrous daughter anyway. Complete with dazzling illustrations, Fing is sure to become a favourite bedtime story.