Looking for a good way to ride out the cold weather? Find a cozy spot and grab a blanket, a warm beverage and one (or a few) of these book recommendations-courtesy of local authors.

Looking for a good way to ride out the cold weather? Find a cozy spot and grab a blanket, a warm beverage and one (or a few) of these book recommendations-courtesy of local authors.


"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett, "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler

Who: Margaret Peterson Haddix (Columbus), author of more than 30 books for kids and teens including the "Shadow Children" and "Missing" series

What she says: "I found all three of those books fascinating and thought-provoking. And when I finished [each] book, all I wanted to do was talk about it with someone else who had also read it."


"Battling Boy" by Paul Pope, "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale" by Herman Melville

Who: Jeff Smith (Columbus), author and illustrator of the "Bone" and "RASL" comic book series

What he says: "['Battling Boy' is] the first in a series of high-adventure stories featuring a young boy who is left by his god-like father to battle monsters and save the earth. The drawings almost seem to move on the page. [Moby-Dick] is one of my treasured classics and makes perfect reading for the winter months because it will take you the entire season to read it."

"Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945" by Max Hastings

Who: Amit Majmudar (Dublin), author of "Partitions" and "The Abundance"

What he says: "This is one of the best one-volume histories of World War II in recent memory. It gives a bird's-eye view of the many combatant nations and gets beyond the propaganda around the war to present a clear-eyed, relatively detached view of the conflict."

The "Century" trilogy by Ken Follett

Who: Robin Yocum (Westerville), author of "Favorite Sons" and "The Essay"; former Columbus Dispatch reporter

What he says: "Follett is a great storyteller, and he weaves the stories of five interrelated families through the 20th century. [These books] are perfect for winter reading because they're so long, the daffodils will be popping up by the time you finish them."