Oh books! Books are the best companions to cold, lonely winter nights. And we’re smack dab in the middle of those cold winter nights. I personally read a lot, so I’ve got a decent bit of experience in this area!
Hey guys, Chelsea here bringing you my top 6 best books to get cozy with this season! Here in no particular order.
1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In the first book of Maggie’s lesser known novel series, Grace and Sam find each other in the most unlikely of ways. Grace finds Sam’s yellow eyes unnervingly similar to those of one of the wolves she’s watched behind her house for years. Sam is trying to find a way to stay human for as long as he can.
I mean, can we start with the fact that this book takes place in late fall-early winter? Obviously we’re going to have some winter vibes happening. But in this sweet winter love story, we’ve got some great undercurrents of the supernatural all built neatly into a sleepy Minnesota town. This book makes me want to curl up under a blanket with some hot cocoa.
2. Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson
Jane’s imaginary friend, Michael is her only friend in the world at age 8. Until he leaves, as all imaginary friends are required to do. Now in her thirties, Jane remains in her famous mother’s shadow, trying to find herself but never quite able to do so. Until one day, she sees Michael again for the first time since she was a child.
Now I know, the premise of this sounds a bit.. Weird. But in true Patterson fashion, he writes using a strange premise so masterfully that you believe in it and fall in love with it anyway. This novel is for the lovers of rom-coms and Hallmark movies!
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Trying to feed her family, Feyre kills a wolf in the forest one dark, winter night. The next night, a faerie creature came and kidnapped her away from her father and sisters, bringing her to a land of eternal spring and massive wealth. But Prythian is hiding secrets and dangers that even survivalist Feyre may struggle with: particularly the Faerie Lord she’s slowly falling in love with despite herself.
Fairy tales are the epitome of cozy stories, and this one is one of my absolute favorites. Sarah J. Maas pulls together elements from Beauty and the Beast as well as East of the Sun, West of the Moon into her own world to create a gorgeous story world that will pull you in and keep you forever.
4. Night Road by Kristen Hannah
Lexi Baill meets Mia Farraday on their first day at high school together and they’ve been best friends ever since. From day one, Mia’s family accepts Lexi into the fold. When Lexi falls in love with Mia’s twin brother Zach, the three are inseparable. But one dark night, an accident shatters all of their lives, particularly that of Mia and Zach’s mother, Jude. Those that remain are left to pick up the pieces, and none moreso than Lexi.
Don’t read this book if you don’t want a book to make you sob. This is one of the few books that have truly taken me on an emotional roller coaster, yet it feels so real. But the story entwines the lives of Lexi, Mia, Zach, and Jude to such a degree that it keeps you coming back for more over and over again.
5. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
All Garion has ever known is his life in the kitchen of Faldor’s farm with his Aunt Pol. But suddenly, he’s dragged on a journey for a mysterious lost object that his Aunt and the storyteller Mister Wolf say is vitally important. He’s completely confused by the tiny hints and pieces that he’s overhearing, but unbeknownst to him, upon this quest lies the future of their world.
This novel is like if Tolkien had less pretentious language and a more colloquial (to our era) sense of humor.* The quest archetype is taken for all it’s worth during this story, but with witty one liners that will make you stop and laugh out loud. Eddings is an amazing antidote to the mid-winter blues!
6. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Chased into the library by a group of bullies, Nita Callahan finds a most unusual book that offers her a chance to be a wizard. Unbeknownst to her, this book intends to turn her life completely upside-down. From meeting her new best friend Kit Rodriguez to a crazily dangerous mission to retrieve the Book in which all that’s good is preserved.
This is (or should be) a total classic. Duane builds a unique world of magic on top of our own that she expands through what’s now 10 books, a spinoff series, and several novellas/ebooks. They’re children’s books for sure, but they’ll have you questioning everything around you- in the best way!
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*I should like it known that I’m a huge Tolkien fan, but he can be a bit complex to read.