We always have an indulgent list of beach reads but as we look forward to some much needed quieter days and nights, there’s nothing we enjoy more than cozying up with a good story in the winter months. This time, we’re turning our eyes away from the screens and taking in more reads in forms of audiobooks with our cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace or taking one on our walks along the snowy paths with our pups. It’s time for you.

Here are our favourites for this in-between holiday season…

Mistletoe Murders by Ken Cuperus (Audible Original): It’s a “whodunnit” meets a little romance in this serious. When Emily Lane isn’t busy running her charming Christmas-themed store, ”Under the Mistletoe,” located in the quaint tourist town of Fletcher’s Grove, she finds herself compelled to investigate not so quaint local murders. On the surface, Emily is a perfectly lovely, good-natured puzzle-solver and mystery lover. But she is hiding a secret past from everyone in town. And when Emily begins her personal investigations, Detective-Constable Sam Wilner, a smart and attractive local cop – with a crush on Emily that is not completely unrequited – begins to wonder if there’s more to Emily than meets the eye.

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The Comeback by Lily Chu (Audible Original): Ariadne Hui is a laser-focused lawyer diligently climbing the corporate ladder. The “perfect” daughter living out her father’s dream. She’s also the shocking love interest of South Korea’s hottest star thrives on routine. So what if everything in her life is planned down to the minute? That’s the way she likes it. If she’s going to make partner in Toronto’s most prestigious law firm, she needs to stay focused at all times.

The Hungry City Edit: Stories From The West End Phoenix by David Bidini and others (Kobo Original): From the real-life community run periodical comes this collection of poems, articles, and other pieces from the WEST END PHOENIX in a collision of everything food, appetite, and Toronto. Including two original poems written by Toronto-area poets never before published in the paper, THE HUNGRY CITY EDIT delivers work and performances by authors like Dave Bidini, Claudia Dey, and Michael Winter and music by Don Kerr, all set against a backdrop of city sounds and original music.

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The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama: In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world. Obama offers listeners a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.”

This Beauty by Nick Riggle: An acclaimed philosopher and new father argues that engaging with beauty can make life worth living. You dint choose to live this life, in this body, in these conditions– this delicate and difficult life. Yet when you cosndier that our existence is fleeting an inspired sense of urgency can spring forth. In The Beauty, Riggle explores the beauty of being alive by instigation the tis we say to inspire ourselves and each other: seize the day, treat yourself, you only live once. These clichés are at best vague, at worst stupid. The imply that you should do something wild with pro life because your life is precious, a little like saying you should go swimming with your grandfather’s watch because its irreplaceable. He shows us how we can understand the idea that life is beautiful enough to bear repeating.

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin: Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts and crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined. As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Though their days are dwindling, both are determined to leave their mark on the world. Delightfully funny and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting.

How to be a Boss B*tch: Stop Apologizing for Who You Are and Get the Life You Want by Christine Quinn (Audible Original). Christine Quinn, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit Selling Sunset, shows women how to unapologetically own their power in business and relationships to live the life they deserve. Part prescriptive how-to, part manifesto, part tell-all, Christine Quinn candidly covers sex and money, fashion and fame, gossip and gratitude, confidence and consciousness. Quinn has been called everything from “the most-talked-about woman on TV” to “the villain 2020 needed”, and she isn’t shy about any of the qualities that got her the success she has today: tenacity, confidence, and fearlessness, all while dressed in full glam and designer. By sharing details of her journey from high-school dropout to self-made millionaire, reality-TV star, and fashion and beauty entrepreneur, Quinn gives her listeners the tools to define their own boss-bitch style and manifest their own success—without being held back by society’s terms.

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr. Julie Smith: Clinical psychologist, Dr. Julie Smith provides the skills you need to navigate common life challenges and take charge of your emotional and mental health in her debut book. Filled with secrets from a therapist’s toolkit, this book teaches you how to fortify and maintain your mental health, even I the most trying times. Her powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient, whether you want to manage anxiety, deal with criticism, cope with depression built self-confidence, find motivation, or learn to forgive ourselves.

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest: In her latest book, explore pursuing purpose over passion, embracing negative thinking, seeing the wisdom in daily routine, and becoming aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. This book contains never before seen pieces as well as some of Brianna’s most popular essays, all of which just might leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

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The Comfort Book by Matt Haig: A manual of reflections for an increasingly stressful world.Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. The Comfort Book is a collection of little islands of hope, a gathering of consolations and stories that give us new ways of seeing ourselves and the world.  Matt Haig’s mix of philosophy, memoir and self-reflection builds on the wisdom of philosophers and survivors through the ages, from Marcus Aurelius to Nellie Bly, from Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin.  This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend or the comfort of a hug, or just want to celebrate the messy miracle of being alive.

Looking for more reads? Check out Nathalie’s round up of great books here!