Winter Recommendations 2019

December 6, 2019

Hello again bookworms it’s time for Winter recommendations again! It’s been a hot minute since my last post and let me tell you why. IT’S BLOODY CHRISTMAS!! This is the time of year I love most and it requires tons of preparation. From baking to decorating and buying presents, I’ve been a busy little elf these past two weeks. I have a full-time job which leaves little time for my massive X-mas love, let alone reading, but I somehow managed to get those pages in as well. This time of year is for sure a fun reading time as well! I’ve gathered some books, perfect for the winter season, so you can cuddle up in blankets by the fire and delve in the wintery atmosphere with a mug of hot chocolate. Enjoy!

one day in december

One day in December by Josie Silver

If you’re in the mood for romance with a twist while the snow is falling outside, here you go. In this cute story we get a love at first sight scenario.. gone slightly wrong. When Laurie first lay eyes on Jack, her one true love (and a complete stranger) it’s through a bus window. Determined to find him again, she scans every bus window in sight for a year only to find him again under the worst circumstances. Her best friend Sarah introduces Jack as her new boyfriend and a dramatic tale has been set in motion.

Genre: Romance / Contemporary
Goodreads rating: 4/5

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

If you’re looking for a darker read that’s still cozy, look towards Agatha Christie. The woman who has sold more crime novels than anyone in the world can’t be all that bad. In fact, she remains one of my all-time favourite crime authors. Her old fashioned “who dun it” style is perfect for these dark winter nights. Murder on the Orient express is one of her most popular titles with a twist you don’t see coming.

Genre: Mystery / Crime
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

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The Snow Queen by H.C Andersen

As a Dane, how could I not recommend a winter fairytale. H.C Andersen gave us numerous tales filled with wonder – and usually a moral compass too. The Snow Queen has been interpreted time after time but nothing beats the original. The story of Gerda who sets out to free her friend from the cold queen’s grip is both beautiful and filled with magic.

Genre: Fantasy / Fairytale
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

You may have seen this book around a lot or heard Booktubers rave about it. The Bear and the Nightingale is the first instalment in Winternight Chronicles so do I even have to say more? Vasilisa loves her home in the Russian wilderness where winter clings to not just one season. However, her father re-marries a woman who do not want to honor the household spirits and the consequences are severe. Magical creatures and misfortune starts to hover over the family.

Genre: Historical fiction / Fantasy
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The amazing author of The Nightingale has made sure we stay invested in this wintery story. Meredith and Nina are sisters but as different from each-other as can be. They reunite at the childhood home, an apple orchard, under sad circumstances when their father falls ill. His last wish is for the sisters to know the true nature of Anya – their cold mother. Anya begins a haunting tale of her life in war-torn Leningrad and spills a secret that will forever change the family.

Genre: Historical fiction
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I read this lovely story a few years back and I still think about it now and then. It’s a haunting tale of Alaska in the 1920’s with all its rough nature and cold habits. One day, a couple who’s losing all hope to find happiness build a snow child. The very next day, the creature is gone and in its place appear a little girl. She clings to nature and her red fox and seem to have come out of nowhere but she’s exactly the miracle they need.

Genre: Historical fiction / Magical realism
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Every Christmas there’s a few specific movies I watch with my mother – Little Women is one of them. The cozy and familiar scenes of strong willed Jo, spoiled Amy, beautiful Meg and dear Beth melts my heart. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns though, as the Civil War blooms in America and unrequited love breaks off friendships.  I’ve only read this classic once but I plan to revisit the March family this year. Want to join me?

Genre: Historical fiction / Classics
Goodreads rating: 4/5

The end!

Did this list contain enough cozy and wintery titles? If you have any recommendations for more Winter reads, let me know in a comment below.

Also, don’t forget to check out my End of the Year Book Tag post where I rant about my 2019 bookish experiences (and expectations). Until next time friends!

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