Top 5 Winter Reads

After some careful deliberation, I've crafted a Top 5 list of my favorite novels for the winter. If you haven't seen my Top 5 Summer reading list, then click here! Once you have finished those, and are still craving some good reading material, look no further!

1. Gods From the Machine by Andrew Ly  

What did you expect? Of course I'd put my favorite and most enjoyable novel at numero uno! Surely it needs no introduction because it's basically ALL OVER my website. If you haven't had the opportunity to glance over it (seriously haven't? There's an art section dedicated to it!) once or twice on my site before, then you are definitely missing out. Long story short, if you enjoy Young Adult story with splashes of romance, action, adventure, fate, and the occult (angels and demons), then I guarantee you will enjoy this novel. 

2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

I've mentioned this novel series multiple times and that is because it is sincerely one of the better ones I've read recently. It is a story about Katniss Everdeen, the young female protagonist who is selected to take part in the titular "Hunger Games" which is to essentially fight and kill children in order to appease the Capitol (this universe's version of an oppressive government). Without giving too much away, I'd say that this contains many adult themes that involves death, love, and survival and does it in a way that many young adults can still appreciate it. It never deviates or goes too far to offend anyone and still provides a pulse pounding adventure that keeps you turning the page. 

Also, the third movie is coming out soon, so if you want to catch up now is the time.

3. Invisible by Paul Auster

One of my favorite authors, Paul Auster never ceases to amaze me.  Amazon's synopsis states this:

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

That pretty much sums it up. Add in some incestuous undertones (Cersei is that you?) and you got one helluva novel. As you can imagine, this probably wouldn't be a good choice for anyone unable to attend an R-rated movie.

4. Moonraker by Ian Fleming

A classic spy novel from the creator of James Bond. It may be his third entry into the series, but fans will agree that this is probably Fleming at his best. Great scenes detailing Bond and gambling, espionage, womanizing, and more! It is the perfect blend of everything that makes a great thriller.

It's a shame the movie wasn't on par.

5. The Wolf of Wallstreet by Jordan Belfort

This real-life tale revolves around Jordan Belfort himself and goes through the throes of being rich as a skunk and living in filthy, filthy excess. Stories so outlandish that some may question the validity of them, but so crazy at times that they must be true! To be honest, the writing isn't terrific, but it works for this type of story. WARNING: things get a little graphic and may not be suitable for children, but then again if you've seen it on the big screen then you'll know exactly what you're in for.