winter bookworms.
by victoria comment


cozy stack of books with blankets and candles. / sfgirlbybay

it’s that time of year when it’s really nice to just hunker down with a good book. it’s chilly out and i’m much more keen on staying in bed or curling up on the sofa with a cozy throw, a cup of tea and a must-read. i read a lot this summer, too which was sublime — i can’t say enough positive things about getting off the internet for a while and escaping into a beautifully written book. a few books i really loved were a gentleman in Moscow, swimming lessons, along the infinite sea and the fact of a body.

bedside reading stash. / sfgirlbybay

and now as i hibernate a little bit this winter, i’m looking forward to reading The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (i loved her book white oleander, so i’m really looking forward to reading this new one!). also the Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin sounds really interesting — based on the premise ‘If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?’. i’ve also picked up My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (i’m terrible, i always buy like three books at once!). and I also hear a little life by Hanya Yanagihara is really excellent. have you read any of these? or have any other recommendations for us as we transform into winter bookworms? do tell!

winter reading inspiration. / sfgirlbybaycozy bedroom with small stack of bedside reading. / sfgirlbybaywhite bookcases filled with books. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls with open bookshelves above. / sfgirlbybaystack of books against white wall. / sfgirlbybaywhite walls paired with book case with spines turned inward. / sfgirlbybaymodern loft-like space with open industrial shelving. / sfgirlbybaycozy bedside stack of books. / sfgirlbybaymultiple books open with cup of tea. / sfgirlbybayfin print. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: @mylittlebooktique; aestate studio; her kind of tea; minutes; dominowild and rose; laura seppanen; stadshem; the epitome of quiet; rodigo; her kind of tea.

18 responses to “winter bookworms.”

  1. I just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and highly recommend it! Also, a great one to burrow under a throw with a large cup of tea: All These Wonders, from The Moth. Very short stories told in the first person and a beautifully designed book, too!

  2. I read A Little Life more than a year ago and still think about it. Hands-down the best book I have read in years. It is not easy, but it is masterfully written and hauntingly gorgeous–and somehow it rises above the terrible circumstances of the main character’s story to comprise a celebration of his “little life” and of the families we make for ourselves along the way. I cannot recommend highly enough.

  3. I’ve read A Little Life, its heartbreaking to say the least i had to stop reading a few times to keep myself from feeling it too much. right now im reading Veangeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan. Xx

  4. I love a good book. Always read on the train to work as don’t have much time to do it at any other time. I haven’t read any of the books mentioned so really excited to look for these. I was told i should read “Originals” by Adam Grant next :)

  5. It’s cold, dark and raining in the Bay Area so curling up with a good book is the best on nights like this. I loved A Little Life this summer. The sad but transcendant story of a group of male friends over the years in NYC is so well written and the character development so good it really draws you into their circle. I was fortunate enough to hear Amor Towles read from A Gentleman in Moscow and share the background on how he came to write the book – almost as good as the novel! One of the characters from his first novel makes a cameo appearance – fun to see if you can guess who it is!

  6. I’m really curious to hear what people think of My Absolute Darling. I made it about 50 pages in and couldn’t bear it. Given the current state of the world, I have less tolerance for male authors writing female perspectives than I used to, and it was just so so dark. Should I pick it up again and try to push through?

  7. Beautifully said Sara Beth. A Little Life is indeed hauntingly beautiful, and I continue to pluck it off the bookshelf and return to highlighted passages.

  8. Yes, it is very dark indeed, but I couldn’t have possibly stopped after 50 pages without finishing…I had to know what happened to Turtle. Very harrowing but worth finishing and, when you are finished, make your final decision on the book at that time.

  9. I also love reading books with imaginary wonderful stories but can’t get enough time because of my busy schedule but this winters I will make sure that I will read at least for an hour before I sleep in my comfy bed.

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