Top Five Tuesday: Winter Reads for Cold Nights

Top Five Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

There’s snow on the ground, I can’t leave the house without a coat and hat and mitts and scarf and boots (*silent sob*), alright, it’s time to admit: it’s winter.

Here are my top five picks for winter reads, which you better bet I’ll be ready from the warmth and safety of three layers of blankets with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. Thanks Mandy, for helping me out with this one, because unsurprisingly I, a huge avoider of the winter season, had practically no cold weather reads!

Any Boy But You, Julie Hammerle

Any Boy But You (North Pole, Minnesota, #1)

Click cover for Goodreads info. Click here for my review.

This book is literally feeling allllllll the winter feels. It’s set in the town of North Pole. North. Pole. Tell me what is more Christmas and winter than that? The town is based alll on Christmas, and the story revolves around two competing stores with a Romeo and Juliet love story. I read it in January, but trust me, I was wishing I read it in December.

The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

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I feel like this entire book just screams WINTER. Winter, winter, winterrrrrrrrrrrrr. I honestly felt cold reading this book. Everything was snowy and cold and MORE SNOWINESS. It certainly will bring you to a cold winter night and make you want to find a warm fire STAT. Plus, I think there was like a Winter King character???

Kringle, Tony Abbott


Click cover for Goodreads info. Review coming December 2018.

I think this book is my major highlight of the holiday season. Elves and magic and goblins and a young, orphan boy tasked with saving the world? This book has that magical feeling that Christmas had for me when I was a young child growing up, and I always get that night-before-presents tingle when I open the cover.

The Prince in Disguise, Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise

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Strohm always brings the adorableness and cheese, and a castle in Scotland? It totally screams winter and Christmas. I can’t quite remember allllllllll the details, but I’m pretty sure they were here in winter time, because I remember the main character trekking somewhere in the snow. Plus, does that cover not scream Christmas and winter coziness???

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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If I don’t read this book at least once during the holidays, my winter is not complete. With the hustle of everyone holiday shopping and freaking out over getting the best gifts and seeing family and looking their best, the Grinch keeps me feeling grounded. (Which I doubt he intended but there you go, it would seem the character I most relate to is the Grinch.)

What is your winter must read? Am I alone in my “run from the snow” mentality?


16 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday: Winter Reads for Cold Nights

  1. Hahaha Sha no you are not alone! Except when I am on holiday to ski I prefer sun and beach LOL. Now that said The Bear and the Nightingale is one I plan to read…some day!

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  2. I. Hate. Snow. For some reason I always have to land on my butt at least once every time it’s been snowing and it’s AWFUL. Especially since I know it doesn’t matter what I do, it’ll happen anyway. :’)

    I do love my Christmas reads though. I’m a sucker for Christmas-themed romance in December, haha.

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    1. Ugh that’s terrible! Snow has it out for all of us. First it deceives with the fluffy white flakes, and then before you know it, it’s all icy roads and slush piles. D:

      I need to *find* a Christmas themed romance, haha. I don’t think I have any (YA, that is). But I would agree — Dec does put me in a romance read mood.

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      1. Exactly! It can snow all it wants when I’m at home and don’t have places to be for two days. That way all the ice and yucky slush is gone by the time I go out, haha. 😂

        I actually.. can’t even remember reading a YA Christmas romance? Like.. There’s plenty of adult romance / smut going around this time of year but YA? o.o

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      2. Now that is how snow should work. Only coming when we are safe and sound in our homes.

        Why does YA not embrace Christmas? So odd. It’s clearly a huge part of teen life. OH! To All The Boys I Loved Before had Christmas in it! But that’s all I have. And it wasn’t a major plot point, like adult romance will make Christmas.

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      3. Yes!

        Right? I don’t get it. But on the other hand.. I don’t think there are many other holidays that ARE overly present in YA?
        I just thought of Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider, which is YA around Christmas. Fluffy and cute – loved it back when I read it last year! But that’s.. truly the only one I can think of.
        I bought To All The Boys I Loved Before and the two sequels earlier this week, haha. So tempted to pick them up. :’)

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      4. Pretty much just “the summer holidays” XD

        Oooohh, you should! I loved the first book, and then my love declined in book two so I skipped the third one. But my love for book one was *strong*


  3. oh yes the bear and the nightingale! I’m really happy that we will get the third book this winter! I’m really curious to how this trilogy will end 🙂


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