When it comes to winter, we usually think about the holidays approaching and the upcoming cold, wet, and cloudy weather that plagues our days. My favorite activity during this time is staying inside, cuddling in a warm blanket, and reading my favorite stories. For those wishing to experience this feeling, I’ve composed many book recommendations of different genres for all to enjoy.
Fantasy Book Reccomendation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
Book TW’s: suicide, knife violence/stabbing, animal attack, animal death, war themes/scenes.
When it comes to classics, this one will always warm the hearts of anyone who reads it. It’s a blast from the past, but a journey we’d never forget. If you’ve never heard of Narnia, it’s when four kids travel through a wardrobe to a magical land. This story contains love, glory, prophecies, and mythical creatures from our favorite fantasy tales. Even when you’re not necessarily in the mood to read, the movie does an amazing job retelling the story, bringing it to life in a magical way. The movie is available on Disney+.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:
A personal favorite for the winter. I first read this series during winter and I fell in love. A elf war uprising, a romance subplot, and a strong, independent, and absolutely amazing main character. This trilogy is a pure fantasy, combining everything we love to see in our favorite stories. Holly Black, co-writer of the Spiderwick Chronicles, created a beautifully written story with characters you’ll love and never forget.
A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos:
Book TW’s: misogyny, fatmisia (bias or discriminatory behaviors targeted at overweight and obese individuals because of their weight), forced arrange marriage, murder, torture, and physical assault.
Originally published in 2013, A Winter’s Promise is a fantasy novel surrounding Ophelia, a girl who can travel through mirrors and can communicate with the soul of objects. Her life is tipped off the equilibrium when she is forced to marry a cruel man. This story will take you on a great adventure with a very imaginative land and a powerful heroine with a substantial character development.
Dystopian Book Reccomendations: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
A classic dystopian book-turned-movie. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian novel where the main character, Katniss, is forced to participate in a brutal game of her society. “I like to read the Hunger Games in the winter because winter is my favorite season and the Hunger Games is my favorite book,” said Muskah Younis, senior at Freedom. “When I get to read my favorite book in my favorite season, it makes me like those two things even more.” If you’re not in the reading mood or if you loved the books, you can watch the film adaptations on Amazon Prime, Epix, and Apple TV+
The Selection by Kiera Cass:
A dystopian romance that combines the Bachelor and The Hunger Games, but much less brutal. A group of randomly selected girls are forced to compete for the hand of the most eligible bachelor, the Prince Maxon of Illéa. America must compete against thirty-five girls to become the future Queen, breaking the ranks of her family imposed by society as a rebellion blooms beneath their noses. This dystopian shows a different side of a rebellion in a unique way. You’ll experience love, betrayal, and power while reading this 5-book series.
Fiction Book Reccomendations: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Book TW’s: abusive relationships, alcohol abuse, assault (physical and sexual), attempted suicide, and starvation.
Though considered historical fiction with a romance element, I believed it fitted best here. V.E. Schwab’s writing will make you feel things you’ve never felt before. Addie is a girl from the 18th century who made a deal with the “devil”, now cursed to live forever but no one will remember her. She was almost hopeless until someone remembered her. Henry made a deal with the same “devil” too, realizing both their curses canceled each other out. Though this book deals with many hard topics, it’s a great read to pick up during the cold indoor days.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart:
Book TW’s: arson, death, grief, dissociation, and racism.
Though this book put me through so much pain, it’s one I will forever stand by. What meant to be a short read turned to one I’d never forget. E. Lockhart wrote a beautiful story, one with happiness, sadness, love, and heart-break, and a plot twist that will twist your heart to the point of pain. I know, it sounds sad, and it is, but try to experience this book if you can.