Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wintry Books to Read by the Fireplace

It's that time of year, when you like to curl in front of the fire in cozy pajamas with hot cocoa and a good book! Here are ten wintry reads to keep you warm! 

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A classic that you'll want to read by the fire because she's always in the rain. 

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray: 1926 New York city is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls,  pickpockets, and a serial killer that only Evie and her divining powers can help find. 

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Set in a world where it has been winter for over a hundred years, this classic tale just begs to be read next to the fireplace.

4. Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: I'll admit this one is a bit of a fluffy read. A girl falls in love with a fallen angel who may or may not be trying to kill her. I know it sounds corny, and it is a little. But once you start it, you won't be able to put it down! 

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Classic novel set during the Civil War, much of it during winter. There are Christmas carols, acting in the attic, roller skating, and deep confessions of love by the boy next door. Also, you should watch the Christian Bale / Winona Ryder version of the movie. 

6. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: Tana wakes up at a party surrounded by dead bodies and vampires. The only other survivor is her ex boyfriend, and he is infected. She and a mysterious (likely dangerous) vampire must race to Coldtown, where the vampires and infected must live. You'll want to cuddle up with your blankets up around your neck for this one!

7. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett: One of my favorites! For some reason I think any book that takes place in an orphanage should be read by the fire. There's just always something cold about them. When Sara's father is sent to war, Sara must go to boarding school in London. But with news of her father's death, Sara is forced to become a servant in the school and work for her room and board. She soon becomes friends with the other servant girl and together they learn to use their imaginations and make the best of their situations. 

8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Mia and her family are in a horrible car accident in a winter storm. In a coma, Mia reflects on her life and must decide whether to stay and continue to live or move on with the rest of her family. A sweet story about music, love, and how short life can be. 

9. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: Christine is taught to sing by a stranger known to her only as the Angel of Music, but when she meets a boy from her childhood who is interested in romance, the "Angel" becomes violent. People start to die, and Christine is even kidnapped. Mystery, murder, music, and love story all in one - this classic has it all. Read it and then make sure to watch the musical! 

10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: What can I say about this book? In a dark, intense world filled with forests, magic, monsters, pirates, and The Darkling. Alina learns that she might be the only thing that can save the entire kingdom and bring light into the darkness for the first time in centuries. Read it. 

1 comment:

  1. Great list! I love the Phantom of the Opera! I got to the musical see it in London five years ago and I'm still in awe! I also love the 25th anniversary dvd, I could watch that over and over again!


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