"The Snow Tourist" by Charlie English

There is nothing that compares to waking in the morning to see that a fresh snowfall has blanketed everything overnight; the landscape becomes clean, soft and quiet and glimmers with a magic quality. It feels like a return to childhood.  Many of us, I’m sure, have memories of those mornings of the first snow, of snow days off from school and snowdrifts up to our waists.  So, now, waking and looking out the window to find grassy fields only weeks from December is a little glum, to say the least.

"Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green

If you have been a teenager (or have known a teenager) in the past 12 years, you will already know of John Green and his young adult literary stardom. Not only that, but you will probably have a ranking of your favorite John Green books (mine being: “Looking for Alaska,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns”). Or you might have watched John and his brother Hank discuss world events and their interests on their video blog or participated in their annual Project for Awesome to raise money and awareness for a favorite charity and decrease "World Suck." 

"Absolutely on Music" by Haruki Murakami & Seiji Ozawa

Devoted fans of Haruki Murakami already know of his love of music. His novels are full of songs and references, and his characters live in a world influenced by music – they frequent record stores buying Beethoven and Miles Davis records, whistle a Rossini melody while making tea, or have Bob Dylan’s “Positively Fourth Street” playing in the background. They notice what song might be playing when they walk into a room and reflect on it, letting memory wash over them.

"Tell Me How It Ends" by Valeria Luiselli

The best books are able to transport you across borders. They put you in another’s shoes for a few moments and allow you to see the world in a new light. In "Tell Me How It Ends," Valeria Luiselli has written a powerful and compassionate narrative about the Americas, about migration and our shared history seen through the eyes of children who have fled the poverty or violence of a homeland to have a chance at not only a better life but, in many cases, at life itself.