My Winter Book Recommendations


Now that January is almost coming to the end, I’m so excited to finally share my winter book recommendations with you! It’s a little bit of a smaller list than my fall book recommendations was. This is because most of these books I got for Christmas, which only gave me a few weeks to read. And a few books I read these past few months I wasn’t too in love with. But all the books in this post I absolutely love, and almost all of them are now on my top favorite books list. There are a few creative/inspirational books, and of course some fiction/thriller books too. So make yourself a hot drink, and keep on reading!

Creative/Inspirational Books

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

This is a book I found while watching a graphic design video. It is written with graphic designers in mind, but as the book states it’s really for anyone who aspires to succeed. It’s a great book for looking at business and work differently, and helping you live up to your full potential. I love how each page is a new tip/topic, which allows you to either read it in a hour, or pick it up and read a bit throughout the week. This is definitely a book I’ll be looking back at from time to time.

Steal Like An Artist

This was a last minute purchase while shopping at Target, but I am so grateful I picked it up. There is always the topic of being “original” or “copying others” online and in the creative world. And this book talks about that perfectly. It has 10 chapters that help you be as creative as you can, and explains how nothing really is original. It also talks about the difference of getting inspiration from others and simply just copying people. I would highly suggest this book to anyone who works in a creative field, or is a blogger.

Fiction / Thriller Books

The Good Girl

This thriller book was a great read that although is pretty long, it’s a easy book to read in a week. It sounds like a pretty common plot, where a young women who is the daughter of a Judge gets kidnapped. But I can honestly say that this book has so many hidden secrets and twists and turns. It is written in the 4 main characters points of view, and it goes back and forth from the time when she was kidnapped to after they find her. It then as it goes back and forth uncovers what exactly happened in those months. And it does my favorite thing- shocks you even in the last chapter. I purchased one of the author’s other books, which if it’s anything like this one it should be in my spring book post.

Murder On The Orient Express

I decided to read something different this month, and when I saw that this movie was coming out I knew I had to read the book. I haven’t read a murder mystery book in years, but I will definitely be reading more in the future. Agatha Christie is such a fantastic author, and this book was amazing. The whole book takes place on the train, where while stopped by a snowdrift a man named Samuel Ratchett is murder, and later found in the morning. The detective on board, Hercule Poirot, is set with the task of finding the murderer before the train journey is over.

The book is set in three parts: The Facts, The Evidence- which is when they interview everyone on board, and Hercule Poirot Sits Back and Thinks. It’s a classic murder mystery, except you’ll be surprised to find out who did it.

Gone Girl

This is such a classic Thriller/Suspense book that I’m not sure why it took me this long to buy it, but I’m glad I did. The book is about a couple where on their 5th wedding anniversary the wife disappears. Every year the wife would do a scavenger hunt with clues to find the gifts for their anniversary, and it’s up to the husband to solve them this year in order to try to prove he didn’t harm her. It switches between the husbands point of view at the time it happened, and the wife’s point of view in her journal from both years ago, and the weeks leading up to their anniversary.

This book took a little while for me to get in to the plot, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give the plot away, but the fact that someone could think of doing what happened in this book blows my mine. There were points where I was so mad and so angry, which I always find the best books bring out the most emotions.

In The Woods

In the Woods is one of my new favorite thriller/suspense books. It is about a detective in Ireland who is put on a case of a murdered twelve year old girl found in the woods of Knocknaree. It turns out twenty years before that, three kids were playing in those woods and only one of them was found gripping a tree truck with blood in his sneakers, with no memory of the night. That kid is the detective, who now has to go back to those woods to investigate the new murder, all while no one knows his past. It’s a great read of figuring out who committed the murder on it’s own, but adding in the plot of the past missing children makes it even more suspenseful and intriguing.

And those are my winter book recommendations! I hope you found a few books to read these next few months, and if you have read any of them I’d love to know your thoughts. Happy reading!

To read more about the books + where you can buy them:

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

Steal Like An Artist

The Good Girl

Murder On The Orient Express

Gone Girl

In The Woods


10 responses to “My Winter Book Recommendations”

  1. Eena says:

    I came across The Good Girl at Barnes & Noble once but decided not to pick it up at that time. It sounds like it was interesting though. Also, def need that Paul Arden book in my life to motivate me.

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  2. I’ve never read any of these books but you’ve got me so tempted – it looks like a gripping list. I’ll definitely be giving some of these a go, particularly Murder On The Orient Express!

    Heather xoxo

  3. Sandra says:

    I remember going through the same emotions you went through while reading Gone Girl. I watched the movie as well. It surely did play with my emotions. Its a book worth reading none the less.

  4. E. says:

    Hi Kara! What a great list! I love how you always pic books, so inspirational.
    I didn’t know Gone Girl was a book so I am sure it is going to be the next one for me. I saw the movie and if I see the female lead road in another movie I can’t stop thinking on her role there hehehe

  5. Stacey says:

    Love the recommendations here! I’ve been on a reading spree as well so I think I might be soon writing out a post on what books I’ve read so far as well :). It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be and Steal Like An Artist are 2 of my favourite books as well, In fact, they’re books I like to read other every now and then to remind myself when I’m looking for a creative boost. Murder On The Orient Express sounds like the game Clue so I think I would want to check that one out for sure.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      You definitely should write a post on the books you’ve read so far because I would love reading it! I can see myself reading those two books every once in a while for a creative boost too. And it definitely is like Clue! I love that way of describing it x

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