Our Favorite Books for Winter Reading

As the countdown to Christmas continues, many people may find themselves stuck in a car or a plane for a few hours. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or beelining it to a warm destination, entertainment to pass the time before you arrive at your destination is a must! If you’re looking to enjoy some reading over the holidays, here are a few of our favorite books.

Bethany’s Recommendations

The Nightingale


I love historical fiction, and this book was no exception. It’s set in World War II and tells the story of two sisters whose relationship and strength is tested in unimaginable ways throughout the war. It’s a beautiful story of love, pain and survival.

“But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.” – Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance

This is a great read for anyone who works or has an interest in medicine. Atul Gawande frequently writes for The New Yorker and Slate and has published several books. Better highlights the struggles physicians face in meeting the high expectations placed on them to perform well. This is his only book I’ve read, but I would also recommend checking out Being Mortal or Complications.

“Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.” – Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

This is a fun, light read on turning faith and love for others into action. Bob shares stories from his life that will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone to live a more meaningful life.

“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” – Bob Goff, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants is the first of three historical fiction novels that start in the early 1900’s. The trilogy follows the stories of 5 families from the USA, Europe and Russia over an entire century of events. The books are long, but I couldn’t put them down!

“A baby was like a revolution, Grigori thought: you could start one, but you could not control how it would turn out.” – Ken Follett, Fall of Giants

Me Before You

If you haven’t read the book AND watched the movie, what are you waiting for?! Keep a box of Kleenex near when you get to the end of this one.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible” – Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Ben’s Recommendations

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

For anyone interested in starting or growing their own business, this is a great book to read. Thiel offers insight and wisdom on startups, innovation and learning to think for yourself.

“Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.” – Peter Thiel, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think

Amazon sums up this book pretty well – “When it comes to making decisions, the classic view is that humans are eminently rational. But growing evidence suggests instead that our choices are often irrational, biased, and occasionally even moronic. Which view is right—or is there another possibility? In this animated tour of the inner workings of the mind, psychologist Douglas T. Kenrick and business professor Vladas Griskevicius challenge the prevailing views of decision making, and present a new alternative grounded in evolutionary science. By connecting our modern behaviors to their ancestral roots, they reveal that underneath our seemingly foolish tendencies is an exceptionally wise system of decision making.”

“It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. – Bertrand Russell” – Douglas T. Kenrick, The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Coach John Wooden won 10 national basketball championships in his 12 years at UCLA. In this inspirational book he shares his wisdom on family, faith, success and excellence.

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” – John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

What book will you be reading over the holidays?

2 thoughts on “Our Favorite Books for Winter Reading

  1. I’m also done with The Nightingale – I really like it 🙂 I’m going to check out that Love Does book – thanks for the suggestions!

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