Five magical books to add to your shelf this winter

Books are magic. In these classic books the authors share journeys with us and we accompany them in magical tales, legends and take us to places we have never been before. Books are personal, and there’s nothing better in winter than relaxing with a brilliant novel or learning something new with non-fiction. It’s also the perfect antidote to pandemic blues. After all, you can’t look too much. Beyond the classics, there are books that are so good that everyone should read them, at least once.

  1. Still life at the peak and all the rest by Tom robbins. First published almost four decades ago, it’s kind of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. The story of an environmental princess who falls in love with an outlaw. It also shares the purpose of the moon, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and it all comes together in a wonderfully crafted, often hilariously descriptive novel that will become a classic. Robbins is also responsible for other impeccably written, often sardonic and highly entertaining books like Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Jitterbug Perfume, and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, among others.
  1. 1984 through George Orwell. With Animal Farm, it’s a classic. And oddly prophetic. The animal farm too. While not the easiest read, take it slow and drink into the life of Winston Smith in a totalitarian world of control, lies and fear where free will, love and individuality are outlawed. . Read a copy of Animal Farm while you’re at it. Both books make it seem like they chillingly foreshadow a future that, at all times, makes it seem like we are living through parts of it, right now.
  1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. It’s a famous five-part trilogy. But you can buy in one collection. Life, The Universe and Everything, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish and Mostly Harmless complete the series. What started as a BBC comedy series in 1978 has grown into one of the most popular contemporary sci-fi comedy series of all time. In these funny and well-written stories, we meet Arthur Dent who travels the universe after the destruction of earth with alien travel writer Ford Prefecr and two-headed galactic president Zaphod Beeblebrox. There’s a permanently depressed robot named Marvin, hyper-intelligent mice, and astrophysicist Trillian. Oh, and we’re learning the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42. You’ll also want to embroider your napkins with the words “Don’t Panic” after reading these brilliant novels.
  1. Fear and loathing on the country trail in 72 through Hunter S Thompson. This is gonzo journalism at its best. Here, Thompson recounts being a journalist during US President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign in 1972. This is a serial version of articles published in Rolling Stone magazine in the same year Thompson covers the campaign, with an emphasis on Democrats’ splits and maneuvers. , down to the last detail, with exceptional writing and sardonic humor. Other must-read Thompson reads include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary.
  1. average sex through Jeffrey Euginède. This Pulitzer winning book is the author’s second incredible tale. His debut album, The Virgin Suicides, is also a must-read. Middlesex was published almost two decades ago, but is more relevant than ever. It tells the story of Cal, or Calliope Stephanides. ““I was born twice: first, a little girl, on a remarkably smog-free Detroit day in January 1960; then again, as a teenager, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August 1974.. . My birth certificate says my name is Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license… registers my first name just as Cal. ” When she finds out why she isn’t like the other girls, she uncovers a family secret and their genetic history that turned Callie into Cal. The novel is set in Michigan, Detroit, also a transformative background in a beautifully told, captivating and thrilling novel.

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