A few days ago, I posted about the books I want to read this winter, so today I thought I would post about the books I HAVE read and think they would be perfect to snuggle up with on a chilly evening.

I’m going to pair each of the books, because some have quite similar feels (shows what I go for on those cold winter nights, I guess!)

The Warm & Cozy

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I read this at the absolute perfect moment. I was home from university for my winter break and my parents were away for the weekend. I burrowed up on the couch with my dog and read this book. It was a mass of warm and fuzzy emotions, a few sniffles and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommend!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Christmas at Hogwarts is simply perfection. You don’t have to read the first one. Just read any of your favourites. I’ll meet you there.

The Graphic Storms

Batman Noel by Lee Bermejo
This comic tells the story of A Christmas Carol, but with Batman characters. Not only is it imaginative, but the illustrations are absolutely stunning. I stared at the full-page spread of a snowy Gotham for at least ten minutes before actually starting to read.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
I have never read anything like this graphic novel. It stands in a league of it’s own. The story is about a boy from Nord who is travelling to find a missing part of himself. It is an imagined history of him and his people and has artwork that will make you fall in love. Love love love.

Into the Deep (Emotions, Dude)

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
This book spans over many years, but the main parts take place during a brutal winter in Chechnya during one of the two major Chechen wars. It is heavy in political explanation, heavy in emotion and heavy in language, but an astounding book. I was so affected by this story that I still, two years later, haven’t stopped talking about it.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
I’ve raved about this book recently, so I won’t go into too much detail, but it opens on a winter night in Toronto and continues on to tell a beautiful story of survival, hope and art. One of the best books I read this year! Give it a go :).

Share with me some of your favourite winter reads in the comments!


5 thoughts on “Winter Reading Recommendations

  1. AHH, Station Eleven is a great pick! And you already know how excited I am about my HP reading that I’m going to start soon. I love Christmas time reading.

    I think some of my other good winter reads are Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Pride & Prejudice, and Sarah Jio books.

  2. These are great recommendations. I love the different categories: it’s true that some winters I want warm comfort, while others I would rather read a big, epic heart storm of a novel. Harry Potter, especially, is like the best possible blanket for the heart and soul.

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