Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Top 5 Books to Read This Winter

The cold weather is settling in, I'm almost permanently in my cat onesie (not ashamed) and caffeine addicts are fangirling over their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Although, as my Starbucks-obsessed friend just helpfully pointed out, they're not available anymore. I didn't know that. I'm so out of the loop.

But you get my point: it's officially winter, and therefore it's time to sit in front of the fire and read, read, read.

If you're like me and you don't have a fire, consider this an early Christmas present from me to you:

You're very welcome.

To celebrate the fact it's nearly my favourite day of the year, I thought I'd share with you the top 5 books you need to read this winter, starting with...

1) My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White // My review // Buy the Book

This is at the top of the list because, as I said in my review, this book is Christmas. It's so wintry, festive, and gorgeous, and with twelve short stories to pick from, you don't have to read the entire thing at once. It's like a lucky dip of wonderful bookish goodness. ❤

2) Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan // Buy the Book

I have yet to finish this but I love it a lot. I mean, two people find love on a bookshelf. What could be better than that? Put your feet up, grab a hot chocolate, and let yourself be transported to winter in New York. To be honest, though, you don't even have to read the book to do that... just look at that beautiful cover.

3) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // My review // Buy the Book

This isn't festive, and it's not exactly a happy book, but it's so well written and I was enthralled for days, even when I wasn't actually sat there reading it. Wein is such an incredible author and this is the perfect book to lose yourself in during the cold months.

4) A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson // My review // Buy the Book

A Boy Called Hope will tug at your heartstrings and probably make your eyes all leaky, but it's such a great book for huddling under a blanket with. After reading this book, you might want to go and tell everyone closest to you how much you appreciate them.

5) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis // Buy the Book

The festive season is the perfect time for childhood rereads, isn't it? And, knowing how predictable British TV can be, I bet the film will be playing on Christmas day so you might want to have a read beforehand. Featuring a land of snow and an actual Snow Queen, how could I not put this on the list? This book has been loved for generations, and will be loved for more generations to come.

What are your favourite wintry books?


  1. Yes, I loved Narnia!! Great pick hehe. Also liked Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

  2. Fantastic list! I really need to read Code Verity. And I like the fireplace gif :)

    1. Thank you! And yes, you do - sooner the better :D

  3. I am definitely going to read My True Love Gave to Me next month! The book cover is gorgeous, and I'm all up for some ya contemporary romance during winter. I'm just kind of scared to read it since they are short stories....I'm afraid they're going to be so good that I'm going to want MORE but there won't be more because they're short stories :'( I know it'll be a great read! Thanks for the recommendations. Will check out the others too although I don't really want to read sad books during the holiday.

    1. I hope you like it! You definitely will want more, but each story cures the book hangover for the previous one, haha. :)

  4. I love to read -- I will check out A Boy Called Hope! I'm amazed that you've been running your own blog for so long! I'm just trying to figure this whole thing out myself. I'm encouraging my son to start his own workout blog after seeing yours!

    1. Aw, thank you! Good luck to both of you with your blogs, and I hope you enjoy A Boy Called Hope!

  5. I so so completely agree with My True Love Gave to Me!! I actually plan to re-read it in December to try and get into the festive mood!

  6. I've started My True Love Gave to Me, but I've put it on hold til December when i'll be in a more festive mood. ABCH sounds great too!
    Love this post!

  7. Ah, living in the southern hemisphere, it's always difficult trying to decide when to read certain books. This is why I haven't read Dash & Lily's yet - is it more Wintery or is it more Christmas-y? I don't know. The same goes for My True Love Gave to Me...I just don't know if it's better suited to Christmas or better suited to Winter? I suppose for northern hemisphere folks, you just can't have one without the other and so I'll just have to pick a time of year and read it. Even if it is Christmas and 40+ degrees and everywhere is snowy in the book...I suppose it'll just be like watching Christmas movies...anyway, enough with my ranting! Thank you so much for these recommendations, Amber! I definitely want to read the first two you recommended and I think I might have to further check out A Boy Called Hope. I have Code Name Verity on my Christmas wishlist, so here's hoping! Although I don't think I'll ever be ready for the emotional turmoil it will inevitably bring me...