By Grace Gilson

There are few things more enjoyable than reading. Especially when reading a book for fun, it is a great way to destress. Since there is no need to write an essay, there is no need to mark up the book. Also, when you read for half an hour each evening, you will learn so much. It is a great way to discover more about what you are interested in, and a cool way to start new conversations. Not sure where to start, but here are some of my book recommendations for this winter!

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is a fun read which combines a coming-of-age story and a romance all wrapped up in an intriguing mystery. It is definitely a page-turner, and it is a really fun read! This definitely would be a good book to read when you find some free time over the winter.

The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox


The Riddle of the Labyrinth is a book about the decipherment of Linear B, the precursor to ancient Greek. It follows the story of the three people central to cracking the code. Arthur Evans was an early 20th-century archaeologist who unearthed tablets in Knossos, Crete with a never before seen language; Alison Kober was a skilled classics scholar who laid much of the groundwork for Michael Ventris to ultimately crack the code of Linear B, an ancient language that was a precursor to Ancient Greek.

Persuasion by Jane Austen


Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the last of her novels to be published, is a great read about the complexity of the future and the right thing to do. Set in England, like the rest of her novels, the reader follows Anne Elliot, who has lost much hope for her future prospects, until her former fiancé Captain Wentworth returns. The rekindling of former feelings, of love and of pain, sets the plot as Austen writes masterfully about the importance of sound advice. This book is definitely a challenging read, rich with Austen’s vocabulary and philosophy, but definitely worth a read if you are interested in reading one of Austen’s classics.