10 snow day reads to get your mind off the snowpocalypse


Harper Lee Go Set A Watchman
Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman." (Harper Collins)

If sledding and snowmen aren’t your thing, and you’re more inclined to curl up next to a fireplace and read a good book, give one of these snow day reads a try.

1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Take it back to the days of high school assigned-reading assignments of To Kill A Mockingbird. Set in rural Alabama and the sequel to Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Go Set A Watchman follows the adult life of Scout Finch and her journey home to visit her father, Atticus. Filled with racial tension and civil rights turmoil, this novel is one that will make you think and view the South in new light.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fans of star-crossed love stories will find a special place in their hearts for The Fault in Our Stars. Following the tragic love story of Hazel and Gus, this heartbreaking novel will cause nostalgia in readers remembering their first love.

3. Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn

Mystery fans won’t be able to put this book down. Gone Girl is the fast-paced novel that examines Nick Dunne, a man accused of murdering his wife, Amy, after she disappears suddenly. Following a series of clues, Nick attempts to prove his innocence and find his wife, discovering some dark secrets along the way. Click here to read our full review of the book.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry set the pace for dystopian novels with this book. The Giver focuses on 12-year-old Jonas and his colorless world of conformity and false contentment. After being given the life assignment of Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers the insidious secrets of his community.

5. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Sportswriter Mitch Albom writes the heartwarming tale of Morrie Schwartz, his college professor. A man with endless wisdom, Morrie sets aside each Tuesday to spend with Mitch and teaches Mitch one final class: lessons on how to truly live.

6. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Liesel Meminger, a foster girl residing in 1939 Nazi Germany, finds herself to be a veracious reader. With the aid of her foster father, she furthers her love of reading in secret and befriends a hidden Jewish man. The Book Thief deals with a heavy subject: the perspective of Death itself. Laced with grim humor and a dark focus, The Book Thief is no light read.

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This one-of-a-kind novel focuses on the friendship of a wealthy boy and a servant’s son. Set in Afghanistan, devastation is the central theme of The Kite Runner. However, this international classic has touched the hearts of millions with its unforgettable story of a crumbling country.

8. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

This laugh-out-loud book makes for a light read on a snowy day. Jen Hatmaker spares no humor in this novel, filled with quotes that you’ll want to frame and hang up on your wall and a call for young girls to stop wearing leggings as pants. In this high-demand world, Hatmaker reminds us to never spare ourselves grace.

9. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski recalls the time he ran away to join the circus during the Great Depression where he was met with prejudice, danger and unexpected love. The story follows the friendship and love formed between elephant Rosie, Jacob and Marlena, wife of the circus master.

10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

You may not be snowed in at Hogwarts, but you can explore the wizarding world a little more with this book. Put aside Muggle novels and read what every witch and wizard turns to on a snow day.

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