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It’s still winter. And it’s that time when winter starts to feel tired and old. We are ready for spring but it’s not yet showing its face.

Perfect time to cozy up with some good reads. Friends often ask me what I’m reading so here’s a little list to help you happily read your way through the gloom until the buds start budding:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. A story full of science and magic and most of all about connectedness. I loved this book.

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. This beautiful book is set on a remote lighthouse off the coast of Australia. It’s so sad that I worried I’d be too overwhelmed to finish it but Stedman sees you through and doesn’t leave you in a hopeless place. The beauty of the writing makes it absolutely worthwhile.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Real housewives of Tudor England. Historical fiction so well written that you feel like you are in the room. Amazingly well done.

the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. If you like mysteries with well-drawn characters and a strong sense of place this series will absorb you.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. A haunting story and a strong adolescent character who you will think of long after you close the book.

Among Others by Jo Walton. A great book about the power of great books.

I also get great ideas for new reads from A Good Read, a wonderful BBC Radio 4 podcast.

I hope that helps keep you busy until the sun starts to shine!