FEATURED: The Don’t Miss List – Books to Add to Your Reading List

Whether you’re nestled at home for winter break or looking for a brief reprieve from the chaos that is #finalsweek, there is nothing better than diving into a new book. We asked some of the experts here at Barnes & Noble College for their winter reading recommendations and they sent through some fantastic suggestions. Read one or read them all!

Sweet Caress – William Boyd

William Boyd’s novel details the life of vivacious photojournalist, Amory Clay. Follow Amory as she navigates through life, starting as the daughter of a disappointed father and continuing on as an ambitious professional living during times of political turbulence.

The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks

In this rich work of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks takes a closer look at the life King David. She wades through different waves of his life, examining him from the point of view of those around him.

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

This deeply engaging novel from Kristin Hannah spotlights two sisters as they survive recently-invaded France during World War II. Keep up with each of them as they survive in their own – different – way.


Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel – Jessica Knoll

If you’re looking for a thrilling, page-turner to keep you on edge – look no further. Jessica Knoll’s main character, Ani, has a dark secret slowly bubbling to the surface of her perfect life. Find out where she lands…after a series of twists and turns, of course.

Above the Waterfall – Ron Rash

This tale follows the lives of Becky, a park ranger, and Les, a sheriff in Appalachia. A series of events brings them together….and some threaten to tear them apart.

Gates of Evangeline – Hester Young

Young’s haunting novel features Charlie Cate, a New Yorker plagued by nightly visions of children she doesn’t know. The story eventually leads her down to Louisiana to investigate a decades-old missing child case whose victim has been a regular in her dreams. The scenery is rich, the characters feel real, and the plot is filled with twists.


Let us know what you think of our picks in the comments below! We’d love to hear feedback – or recommendations.


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