Winter Reading: Warm Up With Reading! Starting January 1st

warm up with winter reading

Winter Reading starts early this year — January 1 – February 28 — and for your convenience is again online in Beanstack. If you participated this summer, log in with the same information used then or, if this is your first time, easily create a new account at Beanstack. During Adult Winter Reading, you choose how you will participate: curl up with books of your choosing or opt for a mini-reading challenge to broaden your reading horizons. Questions about Beanstack or online Winter Reading? Visit our Winter Reading webpage for more information.

Find Your Next Winter Read  

For those of you who like to browse to find your next read, we suggest perusing our Lists & Suggestions. There are an assortment of Winter Reading-related lists to get you started! See below to preview some of the Winter Reading lists’ offerings. As always, you are welcome to email us at or give us at call at 847/590-4070 for personalized reading recommendations, challenge category suggestions, or help finding books online.

Expand your reading horizons, if you like, with Winter Reading: Author or Genre You Haven’t Read Before

Antkind book cover


Found on the above list is Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

A neurotic and underappreciated film critic becomes sole witness to a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core.

Unconventional; Thought-provoking


Perhaps you’d like to browse books on different topics – Winter Reading: Social Justice

Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City book cover


Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore

An account of the 2015 police-brutality killing of Freddie Gray retraces key events from the perspectives of seven insiders, including a conflicted Baltimore Police Department captain, the victim’s sister and the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

Compelling; Disturbing


Winter Reading: Native American Authors features a variety of genres and flavors, including:

Winter Counts book cover


Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.

Crime Fiction; Suspenseful


Looking for lighter options? We have them sprinkled in lists like the one below in Winter Reading: Black Authors

Get a Life, Chloe Brown book cover


Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Emerging from a life-threatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.

Banter-filled; Romantic


For more Winter Reading ideas: look through our Lists & Suggestions

to find a title that warms you up!