Winter Novels You Must Read

Sexy, thrilling, revealing, and more

BY: Tiffany Goldstein

Winter is officially upon us, and while we spend quality time indoors reflecting and embracing the gloomy, sunless days, you might have the urge to kick back and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a worthy read. So, Provokr has handpicked quality page-turners that will take your mind on a joyride this frigged season.

You Know You Want This

In 2018, women globally have taken a stand since the groundbreaking #Metoo and #Hertoo movement. Now, the creator of the famous “Cat Person,” Kristen Roupenian has incorporated the new and improve perspective that women have today down on paper in her new compulsive collection “You Know You Want This.”  This novel is chock-full of personal stories about sex, dating, and modern life. From women working in corporate America, stay at home moms, and going out on dates with successful businessmen or doctors. Roupenian portrayal of these fascinating stories will draw you in, yet will stir up some crazy emotions from within. “You Know You Want This” has placed Kristen Roupenian on the map for giving fiction a new voice and presenting the dynamic relationship between men and women in a new light.

Merchants of Truth

Have you ever read the newspaper or watched your local news station and took a step back and questioned our society? Well, eminent journalist and writer Jill Abramson has done the same. While the news industry is a revolving door of breaking news, tragic recurring events, and political debates, Abramson an Executive Editor of The New York Times, has narrowed in on the topic of trust within the media in her novel “Merchants of Truth.” For decades, Abramson has followed mainstream publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and VICEMedia in the radical transition from print to digital. This novel will emphasize the importance of readership and will give us a rough estimation of where we will be in the future, regarding media.


If you are looking for an unusual novel to snug up to, “Bowlaway” by Elizabeth McMracken is the one for you. The stellar novel kicks off with the turn of the 20th century when the main character Bertha Truitt fell from the sky in Salford, Massachusetts. It did not take long for doctor Leviticus Sprague to find her unconscious in the middle of a cemetery. The two continued their relationship, and sooner or later sparks started to fly. Therefore, they ended up starting a life together in a little village. The townspeople, however, believed that Bertha had magical powers and a fierce sense of determination. Which soon led to the creation of the iconic bowling alley. Jump on the bandwagon and find out what happens next! Expect several plot twists and delightful imagery.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by gifted author Marlon James is a dark, mysterious, and suspenseful page-turner that will leave you on the edge of your seat. James took from African history, mythology, and his own imagination to create a story about a hunter name Tracker. The independent and well-known successful hunter teamed up with a group of unusual characters for the first time, to find a missing boy.  Throughout the novel, you will see Tracker questioning who the missing boy actually is. The significant questions throughout the novel will force you to take sides, become curious, and partake in their up-side-down adventures.

Lost Children Archive

For a few years now, we have been hearing mixed opinions regarding immigration in the United States and the boarder. Now, Valeria Luiselli, the author behind the beautiful piece “Lost Children Archive” is shining a light on the immigration crisis at the southwestern border. Through groundbreaking imagery, surprising plots twists, and a strong narrative. Luiselli portrays a family of four road tripping from New York to Arizona when the children start to feel the tension between their parents. The two realize that they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. Therefore, while they come up with a solution, you will see how the immigration problem and their adventure go hand-in-hand, as the novel wraps up.

Murder by the book: The Crime that Shocked Dicken’s London

Dive deep into a juicy mysterious read and watch England’s highest elites cope with the tragic murder of Lord William Russell. “The Crime That Shocked Dicken’s London” by Claire Harman is a novel based off of the 1850s’ English murder case. The extraordinary act of violence will leave you speechless and wondering who committed the crime.