Winter. Is. Here. Christmas shopping has begun, the lights have been hung up, it has begun to snow in some places, and in my land of very boring weather, it’s actually slightly cold *impressed face*. I hope you have a cup of hot, steaming coffee or chocolate beside you, ’cause here’s a list of books and songs for you to check out this season while chilling out during the holidays.
READING LIST (basically a list of books that are sure to put you in a winter-y mood if IG wasn’t enough):
(These books are all of different genres; I hope you’ll find at least some you’ll like. Click on the book names to go to their respective Goodreads pages)
1. Comfort and Joy – Kristin Hannah
Very Christmas-y, very sweet. Mostly classified as romance and women’s fiction, Comfort and Joy is a cozy tale about relationships with a hint of magic.
2. The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo
A series belonging to the genres of fantasy and romance, Bardugo’s books are a delight to read. The Grishaverse is cold and tumultuous, the central nation Ravka inspired by Russia. Although it is classified as YA, I believe it’s equally appealing to many older readers as well.
3. Landline – Rainbow Rowell
A super cute book based around Christmas, Landline has a rather mixed variety of characters, who are not always likeable, but very real all the same. A must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah, John Green, and Cecelia Ahern.
4. The Gift – Cecelia Ahern
Another book based around Christmas, The Gift is a typical Ahern novel – magical and filled with twists and turns. If you want a book that will truly make you introspect as well as put you in a mood for Christmas, this is perfect.
5. No Ordinary Star trilogy – M.C. Frank
Perfect for fans of Ray Bradbury and/or dystopian novels, M.C. Frank’s trilogy No Ordinary Star is the must-read for this winter. The connection to winter and/or Christmas is something you need to find out from the book 😉 Also, the third and final installment just came out yay! 😀 Here’s my review of the first book of the series (I have reviewed all three books on this blog if you want to check them out). Plus, these books have the most gorgeous covers ever.
6. The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry
This is actually a short story, for all you busy people. You have no excuse for getting out of this one. I promise you won’t regret reading it.
7. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie
Where are all my fellow Christie fans? This one is my favourite Christmas-y murder story, not to mention one of my top favourite Poirot mysteries.
8. Devil In Winter – Lisa Kleypas
This book is not for everyone. However, if you like an occasional historical romance as a guilty pleasure, this book is one of my favorites. The hero is one of my all-time favourite anti-heroes, and the story is just so sweet :”) You can read it as a standalone, but I’d recommend reading the entire Wallflowers series for full effect.
9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
If you haven’t read this book, winter is a good time to wrap yourself up in a blanket and speed through it. And if you have read it, this is the perfect season for a re-read, is it not?
10. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Yes, yes, most of you Potterheads have probably started reading this again already. After all, what better time to visit Hogwarts than winter? :”) A winter reading list is incomplete without some HP, it seems.
PLAYLIST (songs to remind you of winter):
- Winter Things – Ariana Grande
- The A Team – Ed Sheeran
- Fix You – Coldplay
- Silent Night – Taylor Swift
- Home – Ramin Djawadi (Stark theme from Game of Thrones)
- Mary Did You Know – Pentatonix
- Come Away to the Water – Maroon 5
- More Than This – One Direction
- Take Me To Church – Hozier
- Hallelujah – Pentatonix / Leonard Cohen
- Last Christmas – Ariana Grande / Taylor Swift
- All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
I hope you are having a great winter, and Merry Christmas!