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Winter Recommendations 2020 πŸŽ„β„ Festive & Wintery stories

Winter Recommendations

Hello fellow bookworms πŸŽ„ It’s time for another seasonal recommendations post! Like the one I did for Fall, this is themed around moods I associate with winter time – my favorite season β„πŸ’• When it comes to winter I only have two moods: SNOW and CHRISTMAS, which says a lot about my personality πŸ˜„ That’s why I made these my two themes for today’s post! I have some festive stories centered around Christmas that I love as I’m always hunting for more books to get me into a festive mood πŸŽ„ I also included some stories that have wintery/snow settings, as I know not everyone likes/celebrates Christmas and apart from that holiday I’m obsessed with snow! (I moved in October and this year we had 12 DAYS OF SNOW!!!!!!! I cannot remember the last time this happened and I’m so happy as snow always makes me feel so full of excitement and wonder πŸ₯Ίβ„)

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πŸŽ„ Festive/Christmas πŸŽ…

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My True Love Gave to Me (Anthology of 12 authors) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Each year, I adore this Anthology more and come to appreciate even the stories that I didn’t like as much before. I love how each author manages to hook me with such a short story that actually packs a punch and doesn’t feel cut short. There are magical stories, contemporary tales and also stories focused on Non-Christmas holidays like Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice, so something for everyont to enjoy ❄ My favorite stories are the ones by Kiersten White, Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Myra McEntire and Kelly Link πŸ₯°

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ One of the only classic stories I have ever liked, I adore this story and reread the book every year! It’s a bit tough to understand at first with the dense writing, but the story is rather short and impactful, so I still like it! The classic tale of Scrooge being visited by the three spirits and undergoing a major character change is one of my favorite Christmas stories πŸŽ„ (also highly recommend the animated movie, my personal favorite!)

Snow in LoveΒ (De La Cruz, Stone, Friedman, West) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ This is a newer anthology, and I was surprised by how much I loved it! The four stories aren’t connected but I adored three of them! My favorite is probably West’s story about a girl teaming up with her high school crush, his sister and friends to drive through a blizzard to get home, it was very cute and wholesome πŸ₯°Β Stone’s story is about a scavenger hunt in an airport during Christmastime and features two girls who used to be friends and also crushes! Friedman’s story has a more unlikable main character, but I liked that it featured character growth, a department store during Christmas and a Jewish protagonist! The only story I didn’t like was the one from De La Cruz!

Let it Snow (Green, Myracle, Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ I just realized this was published way back in 2008, but I still love the stories! They are all interconnected and take place during a blizzard, so there are lots of snow adventures, a trope I really like ❄ My favorite story will always be the first one by Maureen Johnson was it has a cozy and wholesome feel to it πŸ’• I like the other two stories as well, though the objectification of cheerleaders still annoys me. There’s also a Netflix movie adaption, which I like, though it changes quite a few things from the book!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase (Cynthia Hand) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ I haven’t seen much hype for this Christmas story, but I adore it as it’s A Christmas Carol retelling, drawing inspiration from my favorite classic story! I loved the spin on the original story and how cleverly done the modern adaption was! Holly – much like Scrooge – remained a really unlikable character, who was however well-written and engaging. You’re not supposed to like her at first, but I like a good antiheroine story with personal growth! πŸ‘

Winter TBR

A Boy Called Christmas (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This is a Middle Grade origin story of Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) and I loved how imaginative and overall fun it was. Nikolas was such an endearing character and even though the story got surprisingly dark at times, it always had a hint of hope, kindness and festiveness πŸŽ„ I’ve been wanting to read some fiction by Matt Haig after unexpectedly loving his nonfiction work and I was not disappointed! πŸ’•

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (Cohn & Levithan) ⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ Since this just became a Netflix series, I had to mention Dash & Lily! The book is about two teens who trade dares through a red notebook in festive New York and feel themselves falling for each other, yet they don’t know the other in real life πŸ“• There were some things that bothered me about the book, but it’s a great, fast-paced and overall festive adventure story! (I have to say that I liked the show more though, so I recommend you watch it as well)Β  πŸŽ„

This Winter (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I recommend you read Solitaire and the Heartstopper comics first, as this is a novella featuring the main characters of these stories and what they’re up to during Christmas Time. I liked that this one dove into the downsides of the festive season and how hard it can be to deal with relatives who don’t understand what you’re going through πŸ˜” It was a bit rushed in the end, but still a good read!

Booked for Christmas (Lily Menon) ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I loved the romance in this festive adult novella, as it had some of my favorite buzzwords: enemies to lovers, unresolved sexual tension, banter and being snowed in! The fact that it was about a famous romance writer and her book critic was so much fun to readΒ  πŸ₯°I have to admit that I didn’t like how the story portrayed romantic love as the ultimate ideal everyone needed to strive for though.

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❄ Wintery/Snowy Setting ❄

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Frostblood (Elly Blake) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I LOVE ice magic, which is why this book appealed to me so much! It’s set in a world where ice and fire users (called Frost or Firebloods) are enemies with rarely any Firebloods left on the continent, except for a girl trying to escape prosecution for her powers. The romance here was really good and I liked the flawed main character, plus the setting was so cool! There are several common Fantasy tropes, but I didn’t mind as I had such a good time reading this πŸ˜„

The Silvered Serpents (Roshani Chokshi) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This is actually the sequel to The Gilded Wolves (so much sure you read that one first πŸ˜‚) but I couldn’t resist including it, as it has such a frosty, wintery setting! Without saying too much, the primary setting is an ice palace and in general the book has some darker, more melancholy vibes that fit well with a stormy winter night. So when you’ve read the first book, I highly recommend continuing with the series as it’s really great!

Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ As far as I can remember this is also set during winter, as it’s tied to the actual plotline. This is a story about the mysterious Goblin King and the Bride he takes each year to let spring bloom. I liked the mythology and atmosphere shown here, it’s dark, haunting and full of complicated emotions. The main character is struggling with her identity a lot and the dash of dark romance was really interesting to read about!

Hunted (Meagan Spooner) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Apart from the cover being really winter-inspired, I think this also takes place during the colder season and gives off this melancholy but also surprisingly cozy vibe. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I really enjoyed, as it had a determined heroine and an interesting take on the Beast and the curse. It’s been a while since I read it, but it was a quick read, perfect for winter! ❄

We Are Okay (Nina LaCour) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ If you’d rather read a wintery book that’s a contemporary We Are Okay is perfect! Not only is it actually set during winter and involves some snow, it also feels colder emotion-wise since the book deals with grief and feeling lost πŸ˜” The book was so haunting, atmospheric but also addictive, as I was really invested in the main character’s inner struggles. You could say that the weather in the book mirrored how cold the protagonist felt inside and I really liked that parallel!

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Have you read any of the books on my list? What are your favorite books to read in the Winter? ❄

26 thoughts on “Winter Recommendations 2020 πŸŽ„β„ Festive & Wintery stories

  1. I really haven’t read any winter books, I only realised that recently when someone asked me and I was like ‘ummmm…’ so it is great to see so many recommendations. It is awesome that you are having so much snow, I love snow but I haven’t had any in a while really.
    I definitely have been meaning to read The Afterlife of Holly Chase as it sounds so cool and I really like books with unlikeable characters as the main character, ahha. Booked For Christmas sounds interesting but when you said this ‘I didn’t like how the story portrayed romantic love as the ultimate ideal everyone needed to strive for though’, it reminded me of how often romance stories can do this at times. I notice it more when watching old films now and it can be frustrating. But if I go into the book prepared for that in a way, I might still enjoy the story itself.
    Frostblood sounds like my kind of book as I really like fantasy stories with the ‘classic tropes’, they can be really comforting!! I’m also excited about reading Wintersong at some point!!
    Thank you for this list, it was great to read through !!! ❀

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    1. We usually don’t have much snow but I was lucky to finally get some when I moved to my new flat ❄

      The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a great book and I really liked how the antiheroine was written! Booked for Christmas had some great festive feels and the romance was actually really great, I just wish the main character hadn’t tried to portray romance as universal. I hope you still enjoy it though! πŸ˜„

      Frostblood has lots of fantasy tropes, but it’s definitely a lot of fun & I love elemental powers!! I hope you enjoy Wintersong! Thank you for reading! πŸ’—

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  2. Brilliant recs! I just watched Dash & Lily on Netflix so I was thinking of reading the book too. We Are Okay is one of my all time favorite books – it is quite sad so maybe not the best for getting into the holiday spirit but I think it’s important and oddly cathartic to read because of the way it handles those difficult themes.

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  3. Welp I’m forever late on blog posts atm. So sorry I’m late but this is such a lovely list. It’s summer here in my country but I def am going to add these to my winter tbr. I’ve been really wanting to get my hands on This Winter, still have to read Solitaire, but the cover is so cute <3<3 And I'm SO excited to get to The Gilded Wolves duo

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    1. Thank you for reading, I hope this list could be helpful to you πŸ₯° This Winter is a great Christmas novella, I highly recommend it! I’m currently catching up on the Heartstopper comics and they are so cute πŸ₯Ί I hope you enjoy The Gilded Wolves as well! ❀

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