Longer nights and colder days are ideal for curling up inside in a comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. Basin Book Trader Owner Karli Fussell has some excellent suggestions for winter reading.
“This is Not a Sad Story” is a moving read about local Klamath Falls woman Hayden Crebbin Palm. Based upon Hayden’s blog, the book chronicles her journey with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Compiled by her mother, Alisha Crebbin, the story offers encouragement to anyone facing hard times in life. She says, “it’s not a surprise that bad things happen to us, but we are not alone.” If you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of trial, this book is for you. Recommended for all ages, “This is Not a Sad Story” is available at Basin Book Trader and other venues in town. For information about book signings of ““This is Not a Sad Story” go to www.thepeoplemender.com.
While it may be cold outside, make your home warm and comfortable with Fussell’s #1 winter choice “American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort and Happiness” by Stephanie Pedersen. This fun guide has lots of easy ideas to create a life of, as the title states, comfort and happiness. Pithy sayings and beautiful illustrations make this a book you’ll return to again and again. You’ll also get some sense of why people in Scandinavian countries are the happiest in the world. A great read to bring joy into your life during the cold days of winter.
For a Young Adult book, Fussell recommends “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden. This is the first in The Winternight Trilogy and is sure to get you to follow the story through the entire series. A fantasy/fairy-tale-ish story, this book appeals to not-so-young adults as well. Consider making this a family book club selection for all to read and then discuss over cookies and hot cocoa.
Keeping to the Scandinavian bent, “The Day is Dark” is a Nordic crime story by Yrsa Sigurdardótter. You won’t want to put this book down. Fussell adds that this intriguing thriller appeals to men and women alike.
Fussell also recommends “Denali’s Howl.” This is the true story of the deadliest climbing disaster on America’s wildest peak written by Andy Hall. This non-fiction book will have you on the edge of your seat as you experience the peril of the climbers in this tale.
For the romance lover, Fussell suggests “Winter Storms: A Novel.” Book three in a trilogy about the Quinn family written by Elin Hildenbrand, this book stands on its own. But reading the first two books in the series won’t hurt your reading experience.
Basin Book Trader is located at 5507 South Sixth Street, Klamath Falls.
Written by Sally-Ann Palcovich