Feeling the cool weather blues? Here are 12 feel-good and inspiring books to binge

Meaghan Wray
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These 12 feel-good reads are great for chilly, dreary days.
These 12 feel-good reads are great for chilly, dreary days.

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Cold weather and shorter days means curling up on the sofa with a great book and a hot cup of cocoa.

As much of the world continues into varying stages of lockdown thanks to COVID-19, it’s as good a time as any to pick up your next few page turners and get reading. Whether you’re into inspiring memoirs, how-to books on spirituality or coming-of-age fiction, the Yahoo Lifestyle Canada team has a roster of stories perfect for your next escape.

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From Glennon Doyle’s latest hit book Untamed to the popular quirky, feel-good fiction Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, there’s a little something for everyone to feast their eyes on.

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

Thistle’s debut memoir chronicles his life on the streets, overcoming trauma and battling addiction. It’s a story of hope and resilience, and how he turned his life around from a high-school dropout to Indigenous scholar.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $19 (originally $25)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

For the research-oriented reader, this Oprah’s Book Club pick is the one for you. Wilkerson explores how today’s America is shaped by a hidden caste system, “a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.”

SHOP IT: Indigo, $26 (originally $42)

Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

On Purpose podcast host Shetty helps his readers learn how to think like a monk, and move towards a less anxious and more meaningful life.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $21 (originally $35)

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

One of the most talked-about books this year, Braiding Sweetgrass is described as an ode to nature. Kimmerer, an Indigenous scientist, shows readers what living beings can offer us.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $18 (originally $27)

Untamed

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

One of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, Untamed aims to liberate women from the expectation of being good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends through Doyle’s own story of love and loss.

SHOP IT: Chapters Indigo, $26 (originally $37)

Educated

Educated by Tara Westover (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Educated by Tara Westover (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

A story like no other, Educated follows a young Westover’s unusual upbringing in a strict, often abusive, family preparing for the apocalypse, to her journey into formal education.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $17 (originally $23)

American Dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

Described by Stephen King as “extraordinary,” American Dirt is a fictional novel that tells the story of a mother’s forced immigration from Mexico to the United States, and all she endured along the way.

SHOP IT: Chapters Indigo, $14 (originally $23)

Where the Crawdads Sings

Where the Crawdads Sings by Delia Owens (Photo via Amazon)
Where the Crawdads Sings by Delia Owens (Photo via Amazon)

Owens’ book is part murder-mystery, part coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of 1969 North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing follows “Marsh Girl,” or Kya Clark, a painfully misunderstood girl suspected of murder.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $22

Hope In the Balance: A Newfoundland Doctor Meets a World in Crisis

Hope In the Balance: A Newfoundland Doctor Meets a World in Crisis by Andrew Furey (Photo via Chapters Indigo)
Hope In the Balance: A Newfoundland Doctor Meets a World in Crisis by Andrew Furey (Photo via Chapters Indigo)

This memoir follows a Canadian orthopedic surgeon who forms a group of three physicians and heads to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to volunteer following the devastating earthquake in 2010. The trip leads to the creation of Team Broken Earth, and a message that “will leave readers inspired to bring about positive change in their own lives.”

SHOP IT: Indigo, $25 (originally $33)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Photo via Amazon)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Photo via Amazon)

With more than 22,000 positive reviews on Amazon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine follows a young, lonely woman who learns how to open up her heart to friendship and love by confronting secrets she’s avoided her whole life.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $19

By the Book

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (Photo via Amazon)
By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (Photo via Amazon)

A “modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic,” By the Book follows an English teacher in California who realizes her ex-fiancé has just become president of her college... And her new boss.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $22

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Photo via Amazon)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Photo via Amazon)

A no. 1 New York Times Bestseller, The Vanishing Half chronicles the lives of two identical twin sisters whose lives, as they grow up, become complete opposites. It’s an exploration of community, family and racial identity that exposes how the past shapes a person’s future.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $24

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