There is nothing quite as relaxing as reading a good book while you are curled up in an armchair with a glass of your favorite wine nearby. A comfortable chair by the fire, a sip of wine, and some candlelight set the perfect mood for a cozy evening read, and that's why we've rounded up a list of 5 books perfect for a little wine-fueled reading.
The spellbinding tale of an unusual Circus that travels around the world, appearing in new locations without warning and only opening after nightfall. Cloaked in mystery and dotted with black-and-white striped tents, the Circus is a world of illusions and enchantment. An intricate novel with more than a dozen main characters and a fierce magical contest between the two protagonists who inevitably tumble headfirst into a deep, magical love. The main theme of the novel (as reflected by the cover) is black & white, and that is what the circus looks like when viewed from the outside, but inside the tents awaits a rich feast for the senses that casts a spell on the readers, drawing them into a world of dreams.
Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this novel is a coming-of-age story of a 13-year-old Theodore Decker, who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned and alone, Theo is tormented and clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small painting of a bird that becomes the only source of hope for him as he is drawn into the criminal world of stolen art. The Goldfinch combines memorable characters and captivating prose with suspense and masterfully deals with themes of love, identity, and loss.
Published in 2014, this is the debut novel by English actress Jessie Burton. Set in Amsterdam during the seventeenth century, it tells the story of eighteen-year-old Petronella Oortman, a country girl from an impoverished family living in the Dutch countryside. Petronella arrives in Amsterdam after marrying a wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt and steps into an opulent house to begin her new life. Brandt is kind but aloof and treats Nella more like a friend, often leaving her alone with his ascetic sister Marin. Nella's life changes unexpectedly when Brandt gifts her a dollhouse designed to look like their nine-room home in miniature. To embellish the dollhouse, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist, whose tiny creations are eerily similar to their real-life counterparts and even seem to predict the future. As a web of great peril closes around the main characters, Nella wonders whether the miniaturist is the key to their salvation or the architect of their destruction. This is an exquisitely suspenseful story of secrets, trust, and betrayals.
On a dark night at an inn located on the Thames river, the regulars have gathered to exchange stories, drink and unwind. The unremarkable evening shifts when an injured stranger staggers in carrying what the locals believe to be a doll in his arms and collapses. They soon discover that the doll is a young girl who appears to have miraculously come back to life after drowning in the river. No one recognizes this man or the child, and the townspeople soon begin coming up with theories and dubious claims to the girl. This is a well-crafted, slow-burning suspense story with a lot of interesting characters, each with their own backstories and secrets.
Griffin Moss is a quiet, solitary artist who lives in London and makes postcards for a living. His life changes abruptly when an exotic woman living on a South Pacific island thousands of miles away writes him and tells him what he is painting. Written as an epistolary novel, Griffin and Sabine's letters can be found nestling inside envelopes when you open the book, allowing you to experience the intimate correspondence between these two strangers who have come together through a mysterious trick of fate. Griffin soon realizes that he is falling in love with Sabine, who shares his feelings and thinks they are soulmates. However, Griffin becomes increasingly concerned about Sabine's true nature. Is this the start of a beautiful romance or the descent into madness of a lonely mind?