It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And by that we mean it’s the time of year when it is 100% acceptable to say inside and read all weekend. We’ve selected a few ideal by-the-fireplace reads below, so make some cocoa, pull on a pair of fuzzy socks, and dig into these wonderful books.
Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
“Captivating. . . . Compelling. . . . There is a kind of magic at work in this novel.” —The Washington Post Book World
A powerful story of heartbreak, guilt, grief, and the hope found in faith and forgiveness, this novel is one of Anne Tyler’s most compelling chronicles of family life.
“Endearing. . . . McCall Smith is able—delightfully—to bring each character to life. . . . McCall Smith writes with clarity, humor, and thoughtfulness.” —The Christian Science Monitor
This short story collection, from the author of No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, is inspired by a series of antique photographs. Filled with friendship and love, these stories brim with a grace and humor that could only come from the pen of Alexander McCall Smith.
“Cracking a Julia Stuart novel is like opening the door of an old-fashioned English tearoom. A bell tinkles merrily, and you enter a cozy world all the more inviting for being slightly claustrophobic.” —The Washington Post
Here is a clever murder mystery set in Victorian England and brimming with Julia Stuart’s signature charm, warmhearted romances, and fabulous characters.
“Entirely delightful. . . . Superbly ridiculous. . . . Benson constructs a comedy that is as exquisite, in its way, as anything in English humorous literature.” —Auberon Waugh, The New York Times
E. F. Benson’s beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s. Here are two delightful stories in one volume to enjoy!
“A family portrait that is also a near-epic investigation into the broad landscape, the thousand dark acres of the human heart. . . . The book has all the stark brutality of a Shakespearean tragedy.” —The Washington Post Book World
Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, this reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.
“A warm, wise debut. . . . Three Junes marks a blessed event for readers of literary fiction everywhere.”—San Francisco Chronicle
An astonishing first novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.
“A hopeful, loving novel chronicling lives shaped by good deeds, small favors, and honest counsel along the rocky crags of the Irish coast.” —The Daily Beast
In her bestselling novel, Maeve Binchy’s grand storytelling takes us to a restful inn on the coast of western Ireland and introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters.