Winter break reads: From the literary to the feel-good

The weather’s warming up – but it’s still cold enough outside to spend a weekend curled up with a book.

Here are three I’ve read recently – click on the links below for the full reviews:


My Life in Middlemarch is one for those who want a literary meal. It’s written by New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead and is a love letter to reading and to George Eliot’s book Middlemarch in particular. Mead explores how a book can change you and how, if you pick it up throughout your life, you will read it in different ways. To Middlemarch she brought different perspectives – as a young woman finding her way, as a stepmother; as we all do. And that relationship between book and reader, she argues, broadens horizons and opens doors. It might even inspire you to go back and read Eliot’s classic.

The Good Luck of Right Now

Remember the movie Little Miss Sunshine? The director of that has signed up to make a movie based on The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick. It’s a quirky, feel-good story about five misfits who somehow manage to find love and create a family together, despite the vagaries of life and cruelty of the world.


The Museum of Extraordinary Things is part historical fiction, part immigrant story and part dark thriller. It’s The Dovekeeper writer Alice Hoffman’s latest. It takes place in New York City at the turn of the century and explores the lives of two motherless young people and their rebellion against their fathers. Interesting research into New York at that time, particularly the garment industry and a magical and surreal Coney Island.




  1. The Hoffman one sounds right up my street, added to my Amazon wish list. Just looking at said wish list there’s stuff on there that I completely forgot I wished for 🙂

    1. Oh good! Glad there was one for you. I hear you about the stack of wish list stuff – the pile of books by my reading chair is huge. And the ones at the top of the priority list keep changing! Signs of a good, rich reading life though, Roy.

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