Hoping everyone’s having a lovely holiday season and got to spend time with family and friends — for me, the latter definitely includes some beloved books that I want to revisit, so here we go!
I originally wanted to make this a list of seasonal reads, but then I realized that I haven’t read very many winter-specific novels; so I’ve done my best to pick reads that are set in winter or that I feel are particularly cozy, and hopefully I’ll be able to make a more specific list in the future. If you have recommendations for any season-themed reads, please let me know in the comments!
- The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorites. It’s about magic, an all-consuming duel of skill, found families, love in all its incarnations, and so much more. Erin Morgenstern is a terrific writer, wrapping you up in the story just as if you were really there with Celia, Marco, Poppet and Widget and their kittens, and all the rêveurs. It’s a cozy book, and one that holds up to rereading time and time again — in fact, it was my first read of 2019!
- Listen, I love everything Maggie Stiefvater has ever written, but Shiver (and its sequels) is especially seasonally appropriate. It’s one of very few werewolf stories I really enjoy, with the urgency of settling in for cold weather interlaced with soft warm moments between Grace and Sam.
- Nancy Farmer’s The Sea of Trolls is a thrilling adventure based on Norse mythology, with berserkers and changelings and heroes in the making. And it’s the first in a trilogy, so if you enjoy it, there’s more 😉
- The Long Winter is probably a self-explanatory addition to this list, so I’ll just say that I love Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books in general. This one’s less playful and carefree than the previous books, but it’s still a wholesome story about a pioneer family doing their best to survive blizzards and rationing. (And yes, you can absolutely read these out of order. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but they should make perfect sense.)
- Something about winter makes me want to return to the classics, and two of my favorites are Little Women and Jane Eyre. The former actually starts out with the March sisters planning for Christmas, though it spans years of their lives; the latter has bleak and heartwarming moments in equal number, and will definitely make you appreciate your hot drink and warm bed.
It’s a great time of year to catch up on good books, and I know that I’ll be trying to reduce my backlist TBR in preparation for all the exciting 2019 releases. What are some of your favorites?