It’s December! Whoa this year has literally flown by, and it’s come to that time of year again. Where we can snuggle under blankets or get cosy in our beds with a hot drink and a good book by our side. It’s this time of year that I find myself wanting to re-read some of my favourite books, my comfort reads, the ones that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m already fighting against my forever growing backlog to not pick up one of these book, but I know im sure to give in sooner rather than later. What are your Winter reads? Do you have specific books that remind you of the season, or like me do you pick up your comfort reads?
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It’s actually been a few years since I’ve picked these books up which has to be a record for me. These books always remind me of Christmas and I love reading them at this time of year. It might end up being in the New Year but I am hoping to start my re-read soon.
The Winternight Trilogy
I mean the clues in the title… Winternight. These are definitely the kind of books to keep you warm on a cold night, full to the brim with magic, witches and demons and steeped in Russian folklore, this trilogy is a favourite of mine and Vasya is a fantastic female character.
This actually isn’t out until next year but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy and oh boy are you not ready for this book. Set in an Icy land focusing on Inuit folklore with a face stealing demon. The author manages to make, what should be a bleak and boring landscape as magical as sprawling countryside and towering castles. Out Feb 2020 be sure to add this one to your TBR’s.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
I read this book earlier in the year and it simply blew me away. The prose, the setting, the story line the characters. There wasn’t a think about it I disliked and i definitely came away with that warm and fuzzy feeling. One of the most beautifully written book’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, this is definitely one I could find myself snuggling up with.
Ok. So maybe not a traditional ‘Winter’ pick, but this series is truly top notch. Vhalla and Aldrick give me all the feels and the world that the author builds is one I adored traversing alongside all her amazing characters. These are certainly easy reads ( I made it through all 5 in a week) but that doesn’t take anything away from the story.
The Light Between Worlds
This book hit me in all the feels. I think that any reader can relate to the main character and I found myself desperately hoping she made her way back to the magical world she longed to be in. Weymouth has a way of writing that has you so wholly invested in her characters you almost feel like you are them. A truly beautiful and heartbreaking read for fans of Narnia.
Any Jill Mansell Book
And I mean any Jill Mansell book. These never fail to cheer me up on those dark and dank days, they have me laughing and give me warm and fuzzy feelings, even if they can be a bit sad sometimes. They’re like reading a really good rom-com and I can’t recommend them more.
This is probably my go-to re-read and I think the main reason for that is that its a standalone, I don’t have to worry about being drawn into a series and I get a fantastically written story, featuring two of my favourite ever characters so bonus! I think I’ve read this around 4 times since first picking it up earlier last year, so if that’s not a good enough recommendation I don’t know what is.
Rebel of the Sands
Amani and Jin are my OTP! That’s it. Enough said. Also there are Djinn, a kick ass female general, plenty of cinnamon roll characters for you to gush over and a beautifully written plot to book. I’ve heard that Alwyn Hamilton is releasing a new book next year, set in the same world but many many years later, and I’m just saying… I’d give my first born for an early copy!
When I read this last year it took me on a journey I was not prepared for, but one that had me on the edge of my seat. Heartbreaking, harrowing and exquisitely written. This is a book I know I will go back too multiple times and I can see why it was such a hit in the writing world.
So those are my top 10 winter reads. Would any of these make your list? Have you got any recommendations based on the above? Let me know in the comments.