Today’s post is a Top Ten Tuesday post – featuring ten of my favourite cosy reads for the winter months!
One of my dreams is to snuggle up by a roaring fire place with a hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows and cream, of course) with a Labrador warming my feet, a blanket over my legs, and a fat book in my hand. Mmm, yes. I may not (currently) be able to live out this dream… but I have been told that my imagination is pretty good!
An asterisk means that the book is part of a series.
- *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – well, I mean, of course I had to recommend a HP book. This one is my favourite, and I love rereading the entire series over the Christmas period. I’ve only ever managed to get up to book 5, but I sense that I may be able to this holiday!
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – I love this Poirot novel, and it’s set during a snowstorm on a train with a murder, what is not to love?! And it’s a super quick read.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I just would love to read this and then marathon the 2005 TV series (which I actually I have yet to see… I know, I know, shoot me!).
- *Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I am determined to reread this series over the holidays, and I absolutely recommend this trilogy above all! I actually prefer it to The Mortal Instruments, but I would recommend both this series and that one.
- *A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I think this one actually has snow & Christmassy scenes in it, so it’s perfect for this time of the year. And Beauty and the Beast always makes me think of winter!
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner – speaking of Beauty and the Beast, I adored this retelling of the classic myth, and thought it was such a brilliant book.
- A Skinful of Shadows by Francis Hardinge – ghost bears, Civil War, and a fantastic protagonist?! What more could you want? Apart from, perhaps, another Francis Hardinge novel.
- *A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice) by George RR Martin – remember those “fa tbooks” I was talking about in my introduction? This is one of those. I actually read this on a summer holiday, but I think it would also be perfect for winter.
- *The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I LOVE this trilogy, and all of the books are super short so you could definitely fly through them. Perfect to marathon on a rainy (or snowy!) day.
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – this is a really atmospheric novel, and I was completely swept away even though I read it a while ago now. I have yet to read The Muse¸ but if this one was anything to go by, I bet it’s going to be fantastic.
So here are all of the books I recommend, but I would love to know – what is your favourite book to curl up with on a cold night? (Or a hot night, if you’re in the lower hemisphere!)