I’m sure most of us can list a couple of things we don’t like about winter, like the cold or how it gets dark so frickin’ early (if you sense some frustration here… you might be right), but isn’t it way more fun to talk about our favourite things about winter instead?
My favourite thing about winter is how cosy everything gets. Part of that has to do with Christmas (which is my other favourite thing about winter) and all the lights going up around town. But it also has to do with the cosiness of being at home in a warm jumper with a cup of tea and a blanket. And books, of course. I’ve been loving curling up with a book on the couch at night after work. There’s just something extra special about doing that when it’s cold and dark out.
That’s why today, on the third day of my Festive Fortnight, I’m sharing with you a list of five books that I think are perfect for curling up on the couch with. It’s a bit of a random list in terms of what’s on it, but I thought to myself “which books would I love to read around Christmas when it’s cold outside?” and these are the books I came up with.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This book gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about it, which makes it the perfect book for this list. I read it almost four years ago (wow, time does fly) and I loved it immensely! It’s about Cath, who moves to college and is incredibly anxious about it and all the people she’ll inevitably meet. She also writes fan fiction, which is what she escapes into to not deal with real life. Apart from being very relatable, this is just such a sweet book that’s written amazingly well. It’s an absolute joy to read.
My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins et al. – A true Christmas read! This is a book of holiday short stories, and they’re all YA. I was a bit late to the party and only read it last year (two years after the hype). Also good to mention is that I finished it in February, when the Christmas spirit had certainly dwindled. It’s such a fun and festive read to read during the holidays, though! I liked some stories more than others, but there were definitely a few great ones. Plus, they’re really diverse – there’s some fantasy in there as well, and not all of them are about Christmas either.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris – If this isn’t a book to curl up with, I don’t know what is. Chocolat has a kind of magic to it that I’ve never come across in any other book and I’m seriously considering abandoning all my reading plans and just cosy up on the couch with this one. It’s not my even my favourite book (not by a long shot), but I think it’s the perfect book if you’re looking for something warm and inviting. Perhaps it’s all the chocolate.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – Get ready for some romantic Christmas YA! Let It Snow features three short stories that are all connected to each other, and they’re the perfect fluffy, happy read for Christmas. There’s snow (a lot of snow), there’s Christmas and there’s romance. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s just the kind of thing I am here for at Christmas!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – My favourite classic! In fact, one of my favourite books of all time. It’s about as far from a light and fluffy YA read as you can get, but I think it’s still a great read to curl up with. It’s slightly creepy, very tragic and an absolute masterpiece (in my humble opinion). It’ll definitely make you feel happy you’re inside beneath a blanket with something warm to drink, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t say it’s very festive, but you can’t be festive all the time, now, can you?
So, do you agree with my list? What are some books you love to curl up with when it’s cold and dreary outside? Let me know in the comments!