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Box Picks for the 10 Kindle Books You Need to Read This Winter

Now is the perfect time to curl up with a good read. From pop culture histories to time-traveling immortals, here are some of our favorites.

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Kindle Books best kooks in this HOLIDAYS ARE a wonderful time to gather—safely, there’s still a pandemic going on—with friends and family and reflect on the year that was. They’re also a time when some of us (you know, the “indoor kids”) might also be seeking refuge from all that quality time. In those moments, it’s always nice to hide out with a good book. Luckily, quite a few sensational titles have dropped over the past few months, and more are on the way. From pop culture histories to time-traveling immortals, here are some of our favorites. Happy holidays, and happy reading to all.

If you’re struggling for inspiration when it comes to your next Kindle read, look no further. We’ve combed through Amazon’s best seller list, which is handily shared on the Kindle homepage, to pick out 10 of the best reads that are particularly popular right now.

Here are 10 Kindle Books You Need to Read This Winter

Fated Blades Kindle Edition

At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power—and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.

     
     

Normal People by Sally Rooney

This coming of age story is centred on Irish teenagers Connell and Marianne, and their complicated but seemingly unwavering connection. It’ll take you back to memories of first love, and probably have you shedding a tear or two.

Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)

Here’s one for parents looking for something to read to their kids, or Disney enthusiasts wanting to read the play that inspired the novel that inspired the 1953 classic. Peter Pan, also published as Peter and Wendy, is the story of Neverland, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the nefarious Captain Hook. A worthy disclaimer though: It contains portrayal of Native Americans that’s very… 1904. 

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Like most classics, there’s a chance you may have suffered through Frankenstein during English classes in high school. We’ve all been there. Picking apart any book in school is enough to turn anyone off a book, but Frankenstein has always been an exception to me. Not only is Frankenstein seen as the first science-fiction novel, it’s also a timeless parable, one of the finest examples of gothic literature and a true product of the Romantic movement.

If that kind of thing doesn’t sell you,  you can still laugh at Victor Frankenstein whining as he reaps what he sows.

Dracula (Bram Stoker)

Another one for the Goths! If you’re a fan of our undead friends, it’s worth experiencing one of the books that started it all. The story is terrific for those after a good, suspenseful gothic horror. It’s easy to think that Dracula must be another hard-to-read classic, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The writing holds up really well (after over 100 years, that’s quite a feat) and it’s genuinely spooky in parts. 

The Republic (Plato)

Greek philosophers are still harkened back to all these centuries later, which means they’re unlikely to fall out of style anytime soon. Plato is arguably the most famous Greek philosopher — next to Socrates and Aristotle — and The Republic is his most famous work. What’s most striking about much (though thankfully maybe not all) of ancient Greek writing is how relatable it is today. 

Reading ancient Greek literature can also help you sound more pretentious at parties, which is nice. 

Dream Psychology (Sigmund Freud)

Sigmund Freud is one of those rare specialist academics who pierces into the zeitgeist. Oedipus complex, Freudian slips, id, ego and super-ego, and even the phrase “defense mechanism” are all related to Freud’s works. Unfortunately, many of those works are intensely academic and dense. At just 216 pages, Dream Psychology is one of Freud’s most notable works, and it’s also one of the easiest to read.

The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)

There are plenty of long reads on this list, so here’s a short one. The Metamorphosis follows a man’s sudden and inexplicable transformation into a huge insect, and despite spanning less than 100 pages it has been the subject of rigorous psychological scrutiny and interpretation in the 116 years since it was first published.

Hamlet / Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

If you really want to challenge yourself, Shakespeare is the way to go. The language and format can take a while to get used to, but it’s richly rewarding once you do. There’s a play for everyone, for those who like romance, tragedy, comedy or even absolutely unhinged fantasy. Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet are among the most famous, so they would be good places to start. Almost everyone is at least a little familiar with the stories — and trust us, familiarity with the plot helps a lot if you’re new to Shakespeare. 

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