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5 Mysteries to Cozy Up With This Winter

Let’s face it—after the holidays, winter is just plain miserable. What better way to cheer yourself up than to cozy up with some good mysteries? These reads will not only have you racing to guess whodunnit, but will also make you laugh out loud. So stoke a nice fire, pour some tea, and curl up in your warmest blanket while enjoying these cozy mysteries this winter season!

1. ‘Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye’

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The Psychic Eye series by real-life psychic Victoria Laurie is a personal favorite of mine. The series follows psychic intuitive Abby Cooper as she’s thrown into the middle of a murder mystery after one of her clients dies. The police (including the super attractive lead investigator) doubt Abby’s abilities, so with the help of her handy psychic abilities—or what she likes to call her “crew”—Abby goes out in search of the killer herself. 

Psychic Eye continues with 15 more books (and counting), each with a unique mystery that never fails to entertain. The series traverses Abby’s relationship with the police and her struggle to prove the authenticity of her powers, while also navigating her relationship (with someone who shall remain unnamed for the sake of spoilers). 

This series is both action-packed and laugh-out-loud funny, especially in reading about Abby’s feisty personality and the many adventures (and trouble) her stubbornness gets her into. Laurie is particularly talented in the crafting of the book’s many side characters, some of which are recurrent, who you will fall in love just as much as you fall in love with Abby and her antics. 

2. ‘Loose Screw’

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Lucy is as clumsy as she is a push-over—but when she trips over the dead body of a relics trader, she’s thrust into the midst of a murder mystery. Despite her self-consciousness and uncertainty in her own abilities, Lucy sets out to find the killer in hopes of saving her loved ones—and her business. 

This book is hilarious, simply because of Lucy’s self-deprecating thoughts and utter clumsiness. That being said, she gradually gains confidence in herself over the course of the novel, embracing her flaws and breaking out of her shy shell. 

If you’re looking for humor, a relatable main character, and a super hot detective love interest—look no further! Loose Screw is available on Kindle or as a paperback on Amazon.

3. ‘Murder, She Wrote’

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If you love the show Murder, She Wrote, then you’ll most certainly love this series of the same name. If you’re not familiar with the television series, it features Jessica Fletcher, a best-selling mystery author who inevitably gets caught up in real-life murder mysteries. Jessica is quirky, intelligent, and always knows how to outsmart the killer. 

Based off of the show, the Murder, She Wrote series stays true to Jessica’s character and voice, and will keep you guessing as often as the show. If you’re looking for a mystery with a little less romance and a little more murder-solving, this one’s for you! The series is 52 books long—perfectly capable of keeping you occupied for the rest of the winter months. 

4. ‘Eat, Pray, Die’

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Breaking away from some of the more generic mystery characters (not that there’s anything wrong with sticking to traditional tropes,) Eat, Pray, Die by Chelsea Field follows Izzy Avery, a woman whose genetic fluke makes her the perfect undercover poison taster. When a chef is nearly poisoned, and his poison taster is left in a coma, it’s up to Izzy and her colleague to track the killer down.

If you’re looking for a cozy mystery with a bit of a twist, Eat, Pray, Die is for you. 

5. ‘Hex on the Beach’

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Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna is not your average mystery. If you love the magical realm of witches, ghouls, and vampires, this is sure to be a hit with you. The book follows Lily Locke as she discovers a magical realm, her biological family, and the fact that she’s a witch. To complicate matters further, a body turns up—and Lily could be next.

As fun as cozy mysteries are, the tropes and cookie-cutter plots can get a little boring. If you love mysteries but are looking for something new and unique—check out Hex on the Beach today! 

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Which Lunar Chronicles Couple Are You?

If you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, you’ve probably swooned over one or two (or five) of its characters. But which of its couples does your real-life romance match up with? Take this quiz to find out!

 

 

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Five Frigid Books for a Warm Winter

On a personal level, I could be more broken up about it being 45 every day in NYC, but there is definitely something not in the spirit of things. Since this winter’s been so warm, get your fix of snow and frost with these books about deep winter.

 

Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw

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We have witches! We have winter choked woods! Actually, witch might be a stretch, but there’s something wrong in the Winterwood, and Nora Walker might have to find it. When a boy comes out of the woods alive after a brutal snowstorm, its secrets become too important to ignore.

 

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

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We’ve got another forest, yall, but I admit I’m a sucker for them. Every winter Grace watches the wolves in the woods behind her house, feeling she understands them. They end up being more connected than she could have possibly imagined, and she’s drawn further into their world of curses and winter.

 

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

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Vasilisa has always seen things and other people don’t, but is especially fascinated with the ice demon Frost. When her new stepmother forbids the traditions that appease and strengthen the spirits of the land, it’s up to Vasilisa and the things only she can know to save their crops, their community, and all their lives.

 

East – Edith Pattou

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Rose war wilder than her sisters since birth, and despite her mother’s efforts, can’t be kept from adventure. When a white bear promises her family prosperity if he can take her away, she agrees easily. But the bear is more than he appears, and running away into the cold was barely the beginning.

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

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A classic, but always worth a reread. In a land held in eternal winter by the terrifying White Witch, four children discover a grand destiny and an opportunity to save a world, even if it’s not their own. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely must, and if you have, you still probably should.

 


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5 Long Books to Get You Through Long January

Does anyone else feel like January has been ongoing for approximately three years now? The holidays have passed, everyone is back to work and back to class, the light at the end of the January tunnel has never felt so far away. To help you through the remaining two weeks (three months in Jan time), we’ve compiled a list of lengthy books that you can lose yourself in this month. Before you know it, it’ll be February, and you’ll have serious bragging rights.

 

 

1. it by stephen King

 

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Stephen King’s spooky It is as long as it is creepy. Coming in at 1138 pages, it is one of his longest novels. The story takes place over twenty eight years which is equal to one single January. Plus, if you factor in all the time you’ll spend having nightmares from reading it, you’ll definitely make it to the end of the month.

 

2. Ulysses by james joyce

 

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James Joyce’s Ulysses is the ultimate way to get through the month. Instead of focusing on the January blues, lose yourself in Bloom’s instead! The infamous novel has a page count of 730 and with the time it’ll take to figure the story out, plus the time you’ll spend bragging about it after, spring will be hurtling towards you when you’re finished.

 

 

3. Lord of the rings by j.r.r. tolkien

 

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (as one unit) rings in at 1178 pages. If you get through that too quickly, try teaching yourself elvish. Before you know it, you’ll be one language smarter and ready to woo your S.O. for Valentine’s Day.

Bonus: check out our ranking of LotR covers here.

 

4. les misérables by victor hugo

 

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Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables chronicles the misery of life in 1800s Paris in a hefty 1900 pages, making it the perfect length to see out the rest of the month. Compound this with the film adaption for the full experience. If you learn the musical’s songs, too, you could make it through January 2021, too!

 

 

5. Harry potter and the order of the phoenix by j.k. rowling

 

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The fifth installment of Rowling’s Harry Potter series spans 870 pages. To read the entire series from beginning to end, it would take the average reader around two months. So if you start now, you can be finished by January 24th, and fit in another long read before February.

Happy reading! Two weeks to go, folks. We can do this.

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5 Poems To Get You In The Mood For Winter

The seasons have always been a point of interest for poets, writers, and artists. Winter, of course, is no exception to this rule.

So, to get you in the mood for winter, here are five poems (with links provided) that you should read this season.

 

 

1. Winter: My Secret by Christina Rossetti

 

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I tell my secret? No indeed, not I;

Perhaps some day, who knows? But not today; it froze, and blows and snows,

And you’re too curious: fie!

You want to hear it? well:

Only, my secret’s mine, and I won’t tell.

 

 

2. The Snow Fairy by Claude McKay

 

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Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,

Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,

Whirling fantastic in the misty air,

Contending fierce for space supremacy.

And they flew down a mightier force at night,

As though in heaven there was revolt and riot,

And they, frail things had taken panic flight

Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet.

I went to bed and rose at early dawn

To see them huddled together in a heap,

Each merged into the other upon the lawn,

Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep.

The sun shone brightly on them half the day,

By night they stealthily had stol’n away.

 

 

3. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.

 

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Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

Very much so a classic!

 

4. A Winter’s Tale by Dylan Thomas

 

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IT is a winter’s tale

That the snow blind twilight ferries over the lake

And floating fields from the farm in the cup of the vales,

Gliding windless through the hand folded flakes,

The pale breath of cattle at the stealthy sail,

 

 

5. Winter Love by Linda Gregg

 

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I would like to decorate this silence,

but my house grows only cleaner

and more plain. The glass chimes I hung

over the register ring a little

when the heat goes on.

I waited too long to drink my tea.

It was not hot. It was only warm.

 

 

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