Are you ready? It’s time to start stocking up for those cold, snowy winter months. And the first thing you want to do is gather up a stack of great books to read. What better place to find new books than the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List!

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Why a 3rd Annual Winter Reading List?

bright blue rocker with a pink open book; black wire table with a stack of books and a cup of hot chocolate

One of the perks of Living a Simple Life is that you don’t have to feel guilty about having a little quiet time. No matter what season we are in, we always need a little Afternoon Tea break.

But the winter months just seem a bit tougher. Between low temperatures, snow, harsh weather, and dreaded outside chores, we look forward to curling up inside beside a warm fire. What better thing to do than to while away the hours with a good book?

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. Through the words of others, I can travel to different places, learn how others lived, discover new recipes, and find wonderful ideas for projects to create.

And I enjoy sharing what I am reading with others. It is because of this love I decided a couple of years ago to do an annual reading list. This annual list consists of books I have read and recommend.

I also have some great help from my Newsletter Subscribers, who are always willing to share what they are reading. (The only downside to getting their help is their recommendations are so good, my own stack of winter reading material seems to grow by leaps and bounds!)

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The Supplies Needed for the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List

The best part about adding the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List to living a Simple Life is that it needs very few supplies:

  • A good book
  • A comfy chair
  • A roaring fire and/or a quilt to snuggle under
  • A cup of hot chocolate, tea, or apple cider
  • A bookmark (just in case)
  • And maybe a few cookies

The 3rd Annual Winter Reading List is broken down into genres. These are all books that either I, or some of my readers have read and recommend.

All you have to do is peruse each section, read the blurb and reviews, and choose the ones you are interested in reading.

Keep Track

3rd Annual Winter Reading List Freebie

To make it easy to keep track of the books you choose, I have prepared a 3rd Annual Winter Reading List download you can get for free! Just download it and start making your list!

This is a 5-page download that includes a Reading List, Book Review, Reading Tracker, a place to jot down your favorite quotes, and a notes page. As an added Bonus, be sure to download the FREE BOOKMARK. You might just need it!

And here’s a tip: If you are in the process of making a Christmas Gift List for things you would love to have, just add a few of the titles you find on this list. Your 3rd Annual Winter Reading List may just bring you even more enjoyment!


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Full Disclosure, by Dee Henderson: A Newsletter Subscriber recommended this one – as well as anything written by Dee Henderson. I agree with her – Ms. Henderson’s books keep you engaged, filled with suspense, and leaves you ready to read the next one!

Amazon Description:

‘Ann Silver’s…and…Paul Falcon’s… lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn’t expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.’

Education of Little Tree – Forrest Carter: This one was recommended by Carolyn F., a Newsletter Subscriber. If you are searching for a great book to give as a gift to a child or grandchild, this one may be perfect! This is the Amazon description:

“The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. “Little Tree” as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. A classic of its era, and an enduring book for all ages, The Education of Little Tree has now been redesigned for this twenty-fifth anniversary edition.”

selection of Jan Karon Mitford Series book

The Mitford Series – Jan Karon: This delightful series is set in a fictional small town in North Carolina. It follows the life of Father Tim, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself suddenly going from a quiet, sedate, life to having a stray dog ‘as big as a sofa’ move in and refuse to leave, a young, rough-around-the-edges young boy to care for, an intriguing and beautiful new neighbor move in on the other side of the hedge, and quirky, hilarious neighbors ready to give advice.

Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead offered this series as her recommendation. “All of the books are wonderful, very cozy and heartwarming. I love the characters, the stories, the town of Mitford and other localities. I’m the kind of person that reads her favorite books over and over, and the characters become my beloved friends. I suggest you start with At Home in Mitford which is Book 1 and then read them in order.”

If you are looking for a fun, heartwarming read to add to your 3rd Annual Winter Reading List, this is one of the best choices!

Other Fiction Books to add to your 3rd Annual Winter Reading List

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Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer: This one was recommended by ‘SM’ (Newsletter Subscriber). This is what she has to say about the book:

“Her style of writing resonates with me, in her weaving of snippets of her life with scientific explanations of plants and the Indigenous people’s traditions and ancient stories to form a lovely read. There is so much food for thought in this book for me. In the chapter on Honourable Harvest, it makes me think about how I am harvesting from my garden, and it does make sense to ask the plants if they are willing to give up their leaves / flowers/ fruit / roots for my eating. Another chapter that makes me wonder is where she asks, “Do you love your garden?” and “Do you feel that your garden loves you back?”

The book does not feel preachy or naggy, nor does it make me feel I have to do it that way. She encourages me to build a relationship with the land and community, perhaps by planting a garden, listening and observing the plants and animals, and have rituals (and or ceremonies) based on the land and community (but not blindly copy the indigenious peoples’ rituals).”

Book A Secret Gift by Ted Gup next to blue vintage mason jars filled with bright pink and white flowers

A Secret Gift, by Ted Gup: “Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author’s grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness.

But as he uncovered the suffering and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was far more complex than the lovable- retiree persona he’d always shown his grandson. Gup unearths deeply buried details about Sam’s life-from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to hide his immigrant origins from U.S. officials-that help explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need.’

I couldn’t put it down. This book gave me a deeper insight to the hardships endured during the Great Depression, and just how deeply the generosity of others can lift spirits, offer encouragement, or just help to make life a bit better for a moment.

These Is My Words, by Nancy Turner: Carolyn F., a Newsletter Subscriber enjoyed reading this one!

Amazon Blurb: “A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author’s own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier.

Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.

Rich in authentic everyday details and alive with truly unforgettable characters, These Is My Words brilliantly brings a vanished world to breathtaking life again.”

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Other Non-Fiction Books You May Like

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There are those of us who can read a Cookbook like it’s a compelling novel. And yes, I am ‘one of those’! Which means it’s only natural I add them to the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List. This list may just keep you bouncing between your reading nook and the kitchen all winter long!


Stack of selected crafting books for the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List

You may feel you need to do something a bit more constructive than reading. Craft books are a great way to do that. If that’s the case, check out these books. You can always say, “I’m not reading – I’m doing research!”

Here’s a little extra in the crafting department. One of my favorite things is to receive magazines in the mail – especially when they involve crafting! It means I have a bit more reading material all year long.

My favorite crafting magazines come from a company called Long Thread Media. They represent Handwoven, Little Looms, Spin Off, and Piecework.

Handwoven, Little Looms, and Spin Off magazines

Handwoven and Little Looms focus on the art of weaving. Spin Off is a great resource for spinners. And Piecework is a delight for those who enjoy knitting, crochet, tatting, needlework and more.

Even better, they also offer courses! If you are new to these styles of crafting – or even an ‘old pro’, receiving these magazines in your mailbox will be sure to bring a smile to your face! Check them out HERE!

The 3rd Annual Winter Reading List

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This is by no means is the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List an exhaustive list of great books (and magazines) you can read over the cold winter months. But just by choosing a few, you can enjoy a great cup of hot chocolate, a roaring fire, and a bit of quiet time.

And don’t forget Christmas! All of the books on this list will make great gifts. Just be prepared – some of those you give them to as gifts may just retreat into their own cozy chair to devour their new book, and you may not see recipient again until spring!

Want to Review the other Annual Reading Lists?

If you get through all the books on the 3rd Annual Winter Reading List, you may want to check the others to see if you missed anything!

1st Annual Winter Reading List

2nd Annual Winter Reading List

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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