Finger on the Pulse: Books for When Winter Comes

25th October 2017 BY Kaoutar Hrari

More often, we tend to lack ideas for entertainment during winter, as the weather gets wintry and the temperature gets colder. Indoor activities prevail. Reading!

During summer, outdoor activities get hold of most of our time. Consequently, I, personally, tend to read less or read light literature such as romance and comic books. But during winter, I switch to classics and more controversial and mind triggering literature.


I seize the opportunity to read more and more and achieve more from my to-read list. Last winter, for personal and professional reasons, I did not read as much as I hoped to. But this winter, my list is growing.

But first, let me share with you my last winter and most recent reading list, respectively:

The Prophet by Gibran Khalil Gibran

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Me before you by Jojo Moyes

The Heart of A Woman by Maya Angelou

Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey

Les Putes Voilées N’iront Jamais Au Paradis (Veiled prostitutes will never reach paradise) by Chahdortt Djavann

La Takrab Anisaa Kabla Sin Al Khamisa Wa Ichrin (Do not touch women before the age of 25) by Mouad Jihad (in Arabic)

Les Gnaoua du Maroc, by Abdelhafid Chlyeh

As you may have noticed, I read mostly in English. Honestly, I grew fond of reading thanks to my academic career and English studies. During university, I read mostly English and American literature or works translated into English.

Notwithstanding, I am increasingly including literature in Arabic, my mother tongue, and French, my 1st foreign language.


Here’s my to-read (non-exhaustive) list for this winter:

For Bread Only by Mohamed Choukri

Women by Charles Bukowski

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

They Dare to Speak Out by Paul Findley

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Tazmamart Cellule 10 by Ahmed Marzouki

Game of Throne by George Martin

Worth mentioning that there are a couple of novels that I re-read more often as they had and still have a great impact on me. I highly recommend reading them.


Ak Khobz Al Hafi (For Bread only) by Mohammed Choukri (in Arabic)

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Saleh

Narrative life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

My to-read list results from curiosity, literary reviews, recommendations and sometimes even movie adaptations.

Any book recommendation is highly appreciated.