Lately I’ve noticed those in the northern hemisphere inhabitants making lists of summer reads books, so I thought I’d do something similar and make some suggestions of my favourite winter reads for my fellow southern hemisphere inhabitants!
- Why not binge read your favourite series? The cold weather is the perfect excuse to snuggle up inside with a hot chocolate and a pile of great books!
- Find a new series to binge read! A trip to the library or the bookstore may possibly be the only reason to venture out of the house. Or if that is still not tempting enough to get you outdoors in the awful weather, there is this amazing thing called online shopping where books magically appear at your door and you do not have to venture outside!
Here are some of the series I suggest you try (if you bookworms haven’t already devoured them!):
- Wolves of Mercy Falls – I can’t wait to reread these books before reading the latest instalment Snow, werewolves, romance, what could be better?
- The Luxe – An amazing historical fiction series set at the turn of the twentieth century in New York. These books have been described as historical gossip girl, so if you love ball gowns and a lot of scandal, these books are for you.
- Maria V. Snyder’s Glass Trilogy – if you’ve already consumed the latest publication of Maria V. Snyder, Shadow Study, and found yourself lost and waiting for the next instalment, why not pick up the Glass Trilogy? I actually prefer these to the Study books, but make sure to read those first or else be prepared for the dreaded SPOILERS!
- Read a classic, make you feel good, romantic novel or a fairy-tale retelling:
- Pride and Prejudice – if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, have you been living under a rock? You need to read this. And if you have already read it, I think it’s about time for a reread of this classic romance.
- Little Women – I have yet to read this, but it has often been recommended to me as a feel-good read.
- Entwined – One of the best fairy-tale retellings I’ve ever read!
- The Girls at the Kingfisher Club – like Entwined, this book is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (my favourite fairy-tale, if you couldn’t guess). I can’t wait to read this flappers version and I think you should, too.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses – Who hasn’t heard of Sarah J. Maas? I really enjoyed this one, but I honestly prefer the Throne of Glass books but that’s probably because I’m obsessed with assassins! #TeamChaol
- Read something that suits the weather:
- Black Ice – Ironically, I read this one in summer but I think it would be a great winter read. Thrilling and fast-paced, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole day (because I loved it so much I finished it in a day)!
- The Book Thief – Ah, this beautiful book. Yes, it is sad, but I think it is such a beautiful book and is so important for everyone to read it.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – A classic that will take you back to your childhood.
- Escape the weather with a summer read or a book set in a warm place:
- A Company of Swans – Set mostly in South America, 1912, where a girl is out fulfilling her dream of travelling with her ballet corp.
- The Summer I Turned Pretty – I’m sure most of you know Jenny Han by now, but if you haven’t read this trilogy, I highly recommend you do. A light, breezy, summer read.
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Travelling Europe, yes please!
- Mix it up with contrasting books:
- Wildwood Dancing and Cybele’s Secret – The first book is set in Romania and the second in Istanbul. Wildwood Dancing is, again, a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses but this one has only five sisters but it has fey creatures in the Other Kingdom and the protagonist has a frog for a best friend! In Cybele’s Secret, the second youngest sister travels to Istanbul with her merchant father. There, she discovers the ancient artefact she was to buy has other bidders, including some form the Other Kingdom.
I hope my list inspires you to read away and get lost in another world away from the chill and dreariness of winter. And don’t forget to combine your reading with your favourite hot beverage for a cozy day in.