The cold weather is settling in, I'm almost permanently in my cat onesie (not ashamed) and caffeine addicts are fangirling over their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Although, as my Starbucks-obsessed friend just helpfully pointed out, they're not available anymore. I didn't know that. I'm so out of the loop.
But you get my point: it's officially winter, and therefore it's time to sit in front of the fire and read, read, read.
If you're like me and you don't have a fire, consider this an early Christmas present from me to you:
You're very welcome.
To celebrate the fact it's nearly my favourite day of the year, I thought I'd share with you the top 5 books you need to read this winter, starting with...
1) My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White // My review // Buy the Book
This is at the top of the list because, as I said in my review, this book is Christmas. It's so wintry, festive, and gorgeous, and with twelve short stories to pick from, you don't have to read the entire thing at once. It's like a lucky dip of wonderful bookish goodness. ❤
2) Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan // Buy the Book
I have yet to finish this but I love it a lot. I mean, two people find love on a bookshelf. What could be better than that? Put your feet up, grab a hot chocolate, and let yourself be transported to winter in New York. To be honest, though, you don't even have to read the book to do that... just look at that beautiful cover.
3) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein // My review // Buy the Book
This isn't festive, and it's not exactly a happy book, but it's so well written and I was enthralled for days, even when I wasn't actually sat there reading it. Wein is such an incredible author and this is the perfect book to lose yourself in during the cold months.
4) A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson // My review // Buy the Book
A Boy Called Hope will tug at your heartstrings and probably make your eyes all leaky, but it's such a great book for huddling under a blanket with. After reading this book, you might want to go and tell everyone closest to you how much you appreciate them.
5) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis // Buy the Book
The festive season is the perfect time for childhood rereads, isn't it? And, knowing how predictable British TV can be, I bet the film will be playing on Christmas day so you might want to have a read beforehand. Featuring a land of snow and an actual Snow Queen, how could I not put this on the list? This book has been loved for generations, and will be loved for more generations to come.
What are your favourite wintry books?